When an angry Kanye West jumped on the stage at the VMA awards last year, interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech to tell everyone Beyonce’s video was better, not only did he make an ass of himself, he created millions of instant enemies. Now, a year later, Kanye West is all over Twitter crying about himself, how his act made HIS life terrible, how people hate HIM, how HE’S received death threats and on and on. But if he thinks crying “poor me” on Twitter and expecting to get people’s sympathy is going to work for him, it’s not likely. After all, with two similar incidents of ‘acceptance speech interrupting’ under his belt, West will probably do it again. Some people just don’t learn.
The problem with Kanye West isn’t that he’s not talented, he is. He produces consistently excellent work, is versatile, creative and often produces music that’s outside his comfort zone. He’s not afraid to stretch. The real problem with Kanye West though is two-fold. His big mouth. And his ‘spoiled child’ attitude – getting upset when things don’t go his way and making sure everyone knows it.
The VMA incident with Taylor Swift wasn’t the first time he’d interrupted an acceptance speech to say the votes were ‘wrong’. In 2006, when his video “Touch the Sky” didn’t win the Best Video award at the MTV Europe Music Awards, Kanye West was on stage almost before the real winners, Justice and Simian, grabbing the microphone and announcing to the world why he should have won. The worldwide outrage about that ‘Kanye West hijacking’ was fast and loud and West apologized, many times. Obviously though, a Kanye West apology holds only as long as the words are in the air as, less than three years later, he was at it again.
When he grabbed the microphone from Taylor Swift and went into his rant about Beyonce’s video, West hadn’t learned his lesson. In his hyped-up, too-drunk mind, leaping onstage and shouting why the vote was wrong, embarrassing Taylor Swift and half the audience, wasn’t too big of a deal. After all, apologizing after the fact had worked the last time, so why not this?
But, when the backlash was so extreme with death threats, concert cancellations and even President Obama calling him a “jackass”, West seemed surprised he couldn’t just apologize his way out of this one.
Unfortunately, it’s obvious Kanye West isn’t that sorry for what he did or how it made Taylor Swift feel, but instead is only sorry for what it’s caused to happen to him. On Twitter on Saturday, West tweeted, “How deep is the scar … I bled hard … cancelled tour with the number one pop star in the world … closed the doors of my clothing office,” or as many of us see his real words “Me, Me, Me and, oh, did I mention Me?”
And in one of his last Saturday tweets on Twitter, “Man I love Twitter … I’ve always been at the mercy of the press but no more … The media tried to demonize me,” it showed he still doesn’t get it. After all, the ‘media’ didn’t demonize him. Kanye West demonized himself.
Kanye West – I bled hard over Taylor Swift debacle – Yahoo