"I feel like Ben Stiller in "Meet the Parents" when he messed up everything and Robert De Niro asked him to leave... That was Taylor's moment and I had no right in any way to take it from her. I am truly sorry."
Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. Everyone knows the story at this point, so there is no need to rehash it. MTV loves this stuff because it gets people talking about the channel and tuning in for the reruns of their awards shows. And apparently we all love it because we and the media have a feeding frenzy whenever something "outrageous" like this happens. But, when did we start hating our rock stars for acting like rock stars? When did we all turn into a bunch of squares? What's with everyone having to be politically correct all the time? It's ridiculous. These people are entertainers, not model citizens and pillars of morality for our youth. That's the responsibility of a parent to lead by example, not a hip-hop star, rock god or country crooner.What I don't understand is why everyone is so up in arms about it. The general consensus is that Kanye was being rude, obnoxious, showing how huge his ego is, acting irrationally, stealing the spotlight...in other words, he was acting like a goddamn rock star. And for that, I say god bless him!
Remember many years ago at a MTV VMA when Vince Neil from Motley Crue punched Izzy Stradlin' from Guns N Roses in the face when he was walking off stage after having just performed "Free Fallin'" with Tom Petty? And then Axl Rose was talking about he was going to beat the daylights out of Vince for hitting his guitarist? And then Vince challenged Axl to a boxing match? And we all thought it was totally ridiculous, but awesome at the same time.
Or how about when Nirvana decided to stop feuding with Pearl Jam because Kurt Cobain and Axl Rose got into it backstage at a VMA and Kurt thought feuding with Guns N Roses would be more fun? And at the end of Nirvana's performance at said VMA, Dave Grohl grabbed the mic and just kept screaming "HI AXL! HI AXL! HI AXL!" [Same VMA where Krist Novoselic threw his bass up in the air and it landed on his face.] Did any of us get mad at anybody involved in that ridiculousness? No. Guns N Roses and Nirvana remained two of the biggest bands in the world.
And consider the fact that I just cited two examples involving Axl Rose who we are all still completely curious about (well, maybe not so much after Chinese Democracy) even though he has disappeared from the public eye. Or how about Axl's heir to the easily irritable rock star throne Eminem getting pissy with Triumph The Insult Comic Dog and Moby at MTV awards shows? Did we all think Eminem was crazy? Yes. Did we like him even more? Yes.
I could name a host of other incidents at MTV awards shows and just by musicians in general, but you get the point. These things get blown out of proportion and we still love the offending party at the end of the day. Why? Well, if you look at Kanye and the rest of the above examples, then you'll notice they all have at least one thing in common: musical talent. If these folks were no talent hacks, then they would be yesterday's news faster than William Hung.
I think it sucks that Kayne West is one of the few versions of a rock star we currently have going. We need more...a lot more. Where's the new Axl Rose? Where's the new Tommy Lee? Where's the new Keith Richards? Where's the musical genius who is also a total loony tune? I don't know about you, but I don't want my rock stars to be polite and nondescript. Hell, even the singer of The Killers talks smack about other bands from time to time and most of us couldn't pick that guy out of a lineup, but at least he's trying.
I'm going to spend the next few days hoping that Toby Keith decides to defend Taylor Swift's honor and challenges Kanye West to a boxing match (proceeds going to charity of course) so that this circus keeps on going.