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Kanye not so Swift–but typical

Posted by James McPherson on September 15, 2009

Kanye West has apologized to Taylor Swift for his latest outburst, though one of the saddest facts of the whole affair is that West apparently has failed to figure out–even after his antics at other awards shows–that virtually all of the endless awards programs are stupid, a small step above the proliferation of “reality programming” that makes up so much of American television.

For example, how can the “Best Video,” when performed by a woman, not be the “Best Female Video”? (I’ve put both Beyonce’s video and Swift’s video  below, and don’t consider either to be particularly noteworthy, let alone among the top videos of all time.)

Barack Obama is right: West is a jackass (though isn’t that the official Democratic symbol?). And Terry Moran and ABC also look like twits. Still, Kanye-style idiocy seems to be rampant, from the U.S. Open to the U.S. Congress.


4 Responses to “Kanye not so Swift–but typical”

  1. Luis Lopez said

    Ooh! A new post! As tantalizing as that sounds, where’s the rest? I’m dying to hear more…

  2. James McPherson said

    Oops–I’m obviously out of practice. I meant to hit “save” and hit “publish.” Happy reading, and welcome back!

  3. I’m sure you’ve seen the story about Fox’s false ad: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/09/18/networks-respond-to-false-fox-ad/

  4. James McPherson said

    I’d been so busy with start-of-school stuff I hadn’t seen it until you pointed it out, though a CNN mention of it had gone right past me. Thanks for the link.

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