I really don’t like to give Kanye West more attention than he is already getting, because, let’s face it, he doesn’t need any more attention, but I read yet another story about him tonight and I have to share my thoughts.
First, I want to go on record of saying I am an HUGE fan of the Kardashians. I’m not here to dispute the pros and cons of the family. I admire their family togetherness, being from a large family myself, I understand how they can be mad at each other one minute and then band together the next minute when one of them is going through something. Love them or hate them, I think it is clear, to anyone who has watched more than one episode, they are truly a family first and foremost.
Kanye West is not a Kardashian. He married a Kardashian. Just because he married one doesn’t mean I automatically have to like him. I’m not a huge fan of Kim’s anyway, so it’s easy to not like him.
Here is my issue. I really do not like self-absorbed people. I know it is easy to sometimes get so caught up in our own feelings and life that anyone of us can come across as self-centered, self-absorbed from time to time, but he takes it to a level I cannot even comprehend.
Tonight the news is all abuzz about him tweeting an apology to Beck. Isn’t that nice? He tweeted an apology. So big of him. Are you kidding me? So he tweets an apology and everything is all good and happy with the world again? Does he truly think that is all it takes?
Let’s look back to the VMAs back in 2009. Taylor Swift was announced as a winner for best female video. It was clear she was truly honored and excited to win this award. Here was a young artist making her move from country to pop, accepting an award she was EXCITED about and out comes Kanye West, interrupting her acceptance speech with bad English “Imma let you finish” and then went on to say Beyoncé had the best video of all time. How dare he? How dare he believe he had the RIGHT and the AUTHORITY to take away something so precious to Taylor Swift just because he felt she should not have won? Who does he think he is? Moments are to be treasured, and he stomped on Taylor Swift’s moment. Yes, she wins awards, yes she wins lots of awards, but it doesn’t matter. What mattered on that day back in 2009 was her getting to say thank you and he interrupted it. He hands the microphone back to her and walks off. She is silent. What is she supposed to say? What did he THINK she would say? Her moment is dashed by a pompous, arrogant jerk. Beyoncé tried to make it better by giving Taylor some time when she was given an award, which was sweet, but doesn’t give a moment back. What I find ironic is he takes to his blog shortly after “apologizing” to her in the most in sincerest way possible. He says he is sorry, then goes on to say Beyoncé’s video was the best of the decade! Are you kidding me? How do you call that an apology? It wasn’t. It was just a way to save face. And to bring his mother into it, saying she would have corrected him. He should have apologized for the horrible apology, but that wouldn’t be sincere either, so why does he even bother to waste his breath?
Kanye West has been a jerk prior to this event, in Europe at an MTV awards event. Clearly he is a poor loser, even when the loss isn’t directly related to him.
Fast forward to this year. The Grammys…..West, once again, thinking he is better than EVERYONE else in the room, interrupts Becks Acceptance speech for Album of the Year. West then plays it off like he’s just joking and walks back off the stage. Now, before we even talk about what happened in post interviews, let’s talk about this moment. It was BECK’S MOMENT, not Kanye West’s. Kanye West has no respect for anyone but himself. You don’t take away someone’s moment with the thought, “Oh, I can just apologize later and make it better”. To have such a level of disrespect for others and such a high sense of self is truly disgusting.
Beck was a perfect gentleman and handled it gracefully, but he should not have been put in the position in the first place.
In the post-show interviews, West went on to, surprise surprise, talk about Beyoncé again, saying she should have won.
I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain’t gonna play with them no more. And Beck needs to respect artistry and he should’ve given his award to Beyoncé.
I find it interesting he uses the word respect yet has no idea what the word means. What is his love affair with Beyoncé? If I was Jay Z (Beyoncé’s husband) I would be so mad. It is clear West has an obsession with Beyoncé. Then the truth comes out he hadn’t even HEARD the album by Beck. So, he had nothing to compare it to, yet felt he could open his mouth? Why do they let this man continue to come to award shows? In my opinion, they should ban him for a whole year from all of the awards and tell him when he grows up and can be respectful of others, he’ll be allowed to attend the shows again.
Of course, now it’s coming out he’s apologizing. He’s stating he’s going to record with Taylor Swift. He’s saying how great of an artist Beck is, etc. All this is saying is he realizes he was, yet again, a disrespectful jerk and has to play nice to pretend he really cares about others. At some point, when are people going to realize he’s just a jerk? He’s not going to change. He’ll act out like a child, then apologize when a parent tells him to, until he does it again. It also shows how much of an adult Taylor Swift is, trying to put the past behind them and move on.
Of course, West doesn’t stop his attacks on just other artists. He thinks so highly of himself to believe he has the RIGHT to MAKE concert goers stand up when he commands them to. At a concert in Australia in 2014, he is filmed saying everyone has to stand up unless they are handicapped. Then, when two people don’t stand up, he doesn’t just keep going, oh no, he has to send his security team to make sure they were, indeed, handicapped. News Flash jerk….not every disability is visible! How about you don’t draw attention to people who probably have unwanted attention drawn on them every day anyway? Oh that’s right, he doesn’t care about other people’s feelings, only his own. It was sweet of his wife to stand by her man saying that he qualified who didn’t have to stand up. Really??? Come on! If someone wants to pay unbelievable amounts of money to see a pompous jerk, then they have the right to stay seated if they want to. As much as he want’s people to believe, he isn’t a god. He doesn’t control other humans.
We have to stop rewarding bad behavior people! We have to stop allowing these celebrities set the tone for disrespect. The question is WHY do we keep saying it’s ok? Why do we shrug off the bad behavior when it so blatantly steals another person’s moment(s).
We need to start focusing on respect and truly understanding what the word means, then start showing it as an example, not an exception.
I really really dislike Kanye West and the Kardashians. I understand how you feel about them being a close family, though I haven’t ever really experienced that, so I don’t personally “get it”. That being said, why ban him for a year? Why not for all eternity?
Becky, I said a year so there would be a direct impact for his actions. No one in the “star status” realm is ever going to be banned forever, but there should be consequences for behavior! 🙂