Kanye vs. Taylor Swift: Dumbest beef of all time

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It happened after Taylor Swift’s victory in the Best Female Video category for “You Belong To Me,” which beat out Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It).” Just moments after Swift accepted the Moonman and began her acceptance speech, Kanye West stormed the stage, taking the microphone from Swift to announce Beyoncé deserved the award.

“Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ll let you finish, but Beyoncé has one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!,” Kanye shouted to a mortified Swift and the speechless audience. And as quickly as he ran onstage — MTV cut away to show Pink, and when they flashed back to Swift, West already had the mic in his hand — he was off, leaving a shocked Swift in his wake.

Everyone at the Radio City Music Hall looked stunned, as the cameras captured an astonished and horrified Beyoncé still in her seat. Soon after, the audience gave a standing ovation in support of Swift. To add insult to injury, after Kanye handed the microphone back to Swift, her time was up, and MTV cut to a video featuring Tracy Morgan and Eminem.

According to sources at the VMAs, Swift was seen hysterically crying backstage after Kanye’s outburst, making it convenient that her performance of “You Belong to Me,” which immediately followed the acceptance speech, was prerecorded. Wale, who is serving as MC for the house band, told the crowd, “You can’t fault a man for speaking his mind,” which was promptly met by boos from the Radio City Music Hall crowd. According to our sources inside Radio City, Kanye was promptly tossed from the VMAs after interrupting Swift’s speech.

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That is awful. I am sorry. Help it up. That is mean. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 14 September 2009 03:26 (ten years ago) link

oh fr god's sake.

who would pick on taylor swift?

flying squid attack (tipsy mothra), Monday, 14 September 2009 03:28 (ten years ago) link

Way to embarrass that teenager Kanye!
I look forward to an entire year of Anti-Ye country music.

That is awful. I am sorry. Help it up. That is mean. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 14 September 2009 03:28 (ten years ago) link

OF ALL TIME

That is awful. I am sorry. Help it up. That is mean. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 14 September 2009 03:29 (ten years ago) link

Also looking forward to REAMS of critical dialogue about culture wars and incipient racism and o god kanye i blame you for so much

That is awful. I am sorry. Help it up. That is mean. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 14 September 2009 03:30 (ten years ago) link

I'm torn on this. I think there's no way that Taylor Swift should've won because her competition was so superior, and I love it when Kanye goes nuts and talks out of his ass. But, at the same time, I'm sure Taylor Swift is a nice person in real life and did in no way deserve to have that happen to her. If Kanye had a grievance, he should've taken it to the people AFTER the broadcast.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 14 September 2009 03:32 (ten years ago) link

He's no ODB

Pullman/Paxton Revolving Bills (Pillbox), Monday, 14 September 2009 03:34 (ten years ago) link

After Beyonce bequeathed her speech time to Taylor, I gotta admit ... whole thing seemed a bit staged.

boring movies are the most boring (Eric H.), Monday, 14 September 2009 03:35 (ten years ago) link

haha remember a year ago when guy was all "i see why people don't like my outbursts, i'm going to behave from now on"

some dude I met once shoots gun w/ them (some dude), Monday, 14 September 2009 03:36 (ten years ago) link

"i see that people aren't buying my album quite so much, i'm going to make outbursts from now on"

That is awful. I am sorry. Help it up. That is mean. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 14 September 2009 03:37 (ten years ago) link

fuck kanye, i actively detest him now

dorroughmac (k3vin k.), Monday, 14 September 2009 04:06 (ten years ago) link

his last album was huge though!

some dude I met once shoots gun w/ them (some dude), Monday, 14 September 2009 04:09 (ten years ago) link

what's it gonna be, dessert or disaster

we like cars, we like cartoons (dyao), Monday, 14 September 2009 04:11 (ten years ago) link

I thought beyonce giving taylor her time was really dope and nice tbh

both HOOSlarious and truthful (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Monday, 14 September 2009 04:12 (ten years ago) link

he was just saying what everyone was thinking. the cars' "you might think" beat "thriller" for video of the year, someone needs to knock some sense into MTV.

musically, Monday, 14 September 2009 04:12 (ten years ago) link

wow didn't know "nike boots" sampled a wale song, got really excited for a second when they played it during a transition

hoos otm

dorroughmac (k3vin k.), Monday, 14 September 2009 04:13 (ten years ago) link

IRL challops

*⁂((✪⥎✪))⁂* (Steve Shasta), Monday, 14 September 2009 04:14 (ten years ago) link

k3vin your post makes absolutely no sense to me

some dude I met once shoots gun w/ them (some dude), Monday, 14 September 2009 04:16 (ten years ago) link

Fuck you musically! "You Might Think" was awesome! Ric Ocasek turned into a fly! That's awesome!

iiiijjjj, Monday, 14 September 2009 04:21 (ten years ago) link

what happened with this jay performance that people are saying crash and burn

both HOOSlarious and truthful (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Monday, 14 September 2009 04:22 (ten years ago) link

k3vin your post makes absolutely no sense to me

― some dude I met once shoots gun w/ them (some dude), Monday, September 14, 2009 12:16 AM (7 minutes ago)

pill's song "nike boots" samples a wale song (if jordan s is right - im not familiar w/ him), so when wale (who is the house MC) was performing that song during one of the transitions i got excited, thinking they were doing a pill joint.

the hoos otm part was an xpost and unrelated

dorroughmac (k3vin k.), Monday, 14 September 2009 04:26 (ten years ago) link

also i was out when this ran live so i'm just catching this on the re-run now

dorroughmac (k3vin k.), Monday, 14 September 2009 04:26 (ten years ago) link

was it hipsters who enabled Kanye to turn into such an asshole, or was he like that from the start?

nicky lo-fi, Monday, 14 September 2009 04:34 (ten years ago) link

excuse me i was not hating on the cars, just saying that the VMAs tend to be victims of the future

musically, Monday, 14 September 2009 04:34 (ten years ago) link

"nike boots" is kinda wale's big signature song, had a lil wayne remix, etc. although it was kinda lame and not actually that big so it's not like i'm gonna clown you for not knowing it. i guess pill did a freestyle over the beat? (xpost)

some dude I met once shoots gun w/ them (some dude), Monday, 14 September 2009 04:35 (ten years ago) link

Kanye was always an asshole btw, he just didn't have as big a platform or as much confidence to display it before

some dude I met once shoots gun w/ them (some dude), Monday, 14 September 2009 04:35 (ten years ago) link

swift boat

velko, Monday, 14 September 2009 04:39 (ten years ago) link

yeah a lot of that mixtape is pill over a bunch of well-known beats (single ladies, heartless, couple r les productions from his album etc)

dorroughmac (k3vin k.), Monday, 14 September 2009 04:41 (ten years ago) link

by the way, kanye will never be the most loathsome pop star no matter how hard he tries

http://twitter.com/MechanicalDummy/status/3972810453

dorroughmac (k3vin k.), Monday, 14 September 2009 04:41 (ten years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxKIcrDsJAs

Cunga, Monday, 14 September 2009 04:43 (ten years ago) link

OK the problem with this is not what Kanye did, but that WTF about "single ladies" being the best video of all time? Like, how many many videos has this dude watched, three?

Also, yeah since when have the VMAs have been anything but shit?

one boob is free with one (daavid), Monday, 14 September 2009 04:44 (ten years ago) link

I can think of at least 3 Kanye West videos that are better than Single Ladies.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 14 September 2009 04:45 (ten years ago) link

kanye was right tho, the "single ladies" video is a classic - no one is disagreeing with him

dorroughmac (k3vin k.), Monday, 14 September 2009 04:45 (ten years ago) link

ok except u dorks

dorroughmac (k3vin k.), Monday, 14 September 2009 04:45 (ten years ago) link

its a classic video imo

both HOOSlarious and truthful (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Monday, 14 September 2009 04:46 (ten years ago) link

Can we get back to blaming hipsters for Kanye's success?

Hoot Smalley, Monday, 14 September 2009 04:47 (ten years ago) link

I am totally disagreeing!!! Single ladies is an OK video, not by any stretch of the imagination.

one boob is free with one (daavid), Monday, 14 September 2009 04:47 (ten years ago) link

^not classic by any stretch...

one boob is free with one (daavid), Monday, 14 September 2009 04:48 (ten years ago) link

not only is no one going to remember the "you belong with me" video in 20 years they probably won't remember taylor swift either. "single ladies" being the best video of all time is certainly debatable but it's definitely going to be a mainstay on those Top 100 Music Video specials on VH1 and MTV2 from now on, not sure if any other video nominated this year can say that.

musically, Monday, 14 September 2009 04:48 (ten years ago) link

you fuckin guys acting like the accuracy of kanye's statement is in any way relevant

the View or whatever is the white equivalent to WSHH or Vlad TV (some dude), Monday, 14 September 2009 04:49 (ten years ago) link

gotta dust off my KANYE WAS RIGHT shirt

both HOOSlarious and truthful (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Monday, 14 September 2009 04:50 (ten years ago) link

i mean it's always sledgehammer, losing my religion, thriller, scream, take on me...a new member of the club is appreciated.

musically, Monday, 14 September 2009 04:50 (ten years ago) link

not sure if any other video nominated this year can say that.

That's because all the nominated videos (including Taylor's BTW) are crap.

one boob is free with one (daavid), Monday, 14 September 2009 04:53 (ten years ago) link

Losing My Religion, really? That video is boring as hell.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 14 September 2009 04:54 (ten years ago) link

gotta dust off my KANYE WAS RIGHT shirt

Your "KANYE WAS WRONG" needing to be washed about thrice a week from overuse, right?

Cunga, Monday, 14 September 2009 04:55 (ten years ago) link

haha i was gonna say, one of these is not like the others (xpost)

the View or whatever is the white equivalent to WSHH or Vlad TV (some dude), Monday, 14 September 2009 04:55 (ten years ago) link

hey i don't make the lists, i've never seen a countdown without it though.

musically, Monday, 14 September 2009 04:57 (ten years ago) link

Pretty sure I'm responsible for that Batman Facepalm going internet mainstream fwiw.

Cunga, Monday, 14 September 2009 04:58 (ten years ago) link

That's what I thought, but then it bungles the lyric too!

drakeula vs the roflman (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 18 September 2009 14:27 (ten years ago) link

wow there are a shitload of filesharing and lyrics sites that think "I Touch Myself" is by Blondie

murda mo not mo murda (some dude), Friday, 18 September 2009 14:28 (ten years ago) link

hahaha that's kind of hilarious

Mr. Que, Friday, 18 September 2009 14:28 (ten years ago) link

Incidentally it annoys me to no end that the same internet that provides all these 17 year old kids with the limitless resources to make these jpegs somehow is impossible to provide the correct information on who sings incredibly popular song "I Touch Myself"

drakeula vs the roflman (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 18 September 2009 14:29 (ten years ago) link

It's probably Weird Al, I'll just put Weird Al.

drakeula vs the roflman (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 18 September 2009 14:29 (ten years ago) link

Christina Amphlett

a gift from your mind in the form of the perfect beat (snoball), Friday, 18 September 2009 14:34 (ten years ago) link

it's a fine line

million dollar pig junior (electricsound), Friday, 18 September 2009 14:37 (ten years ago) link

http://i35.tinypic.com/11v71j5.jpg

yo gotti gotti! (Curt1s Stephens), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 04:46 (ten years ago) link

very tasteful curtis

gag meter up, lets looooOOOOOOl (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 04:53 (ten years ago) link

everybody wanna boooo me but I'm a fan of real pop culture

yo gotti gotti! (Curt1s Stephens), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 04:57 (ten years ago) link

http://harryallen.info/?p=5154

deej, Thursday, 24 September 2009 02:55 (ten years ago) link

I wonder if the idea of Blondie singing "I Touch Myself" is based on Debbie Harry's "I Want That Man" more than anything else.

Tim F, Thursday, 24 September 2009 03:15 (ten years ago) link

harry allen: discovering there are idiots on twitter

bring back all banned legends (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 24 September 2009 03:40 (ten years ago) link

i dont think thats his point

deej, Thursday, 24 September 2009 04:05 (ten years ago) link

Great piece.

ENBB Otter's Pug Band Christmas (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 24 September 2009 04:35 (ten years ago) link

Not that any of these are excusable, but I wonder what percent of those tweets break down in these three categories

1. Genuine hateful assholes
2. Clueless idiots who don't know how offensive words are
3. 4chan 17-year-olds/Vice mag 20-year-olds/cankles 30-year-olds trying out racial slurs to amuse themselves and shock others

ENBB Otter's Pug Band Christmas (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 24 September 2009 04:37 (ten years ago) link

1. 40%
2. 50%
3. 10%

iirc flair (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 24 September 2009 04:41 (ten years ago) link

i'm more thinking

20%
30%
50%

Most racists are cowards and don't take it anywhere where their name is. Also "internet"

ENBB Otter's Pug Band Christmas (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 24 September 2009 04:49 (ten years ago) link

idk man, those tweets seemed dead serious to me, lots of 14 year old white kids who think that just because katt williams says "niggas are ruining it for us niggers" that it's okay for them to differentiate between the two which is a lot of what those tweets are about

iirc flair (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 24 September 2009 04:51 (ten years ago) link

i thought chris rock's "i love black people but i hate niggas" was still the earnest self-justifying racist's best friend, did katt supplant him?

goodship journey to lollipop (some dude), Thursday, 24 September 2009 04:55 (ten years ago) link

tbh i couldn't remember if it was katt or chris (because i am a racist) but since i've seen much more katt stand up in my life than rock i just went with katt. i'm really not sure tho. i'm sure it's possible that katt did the same bit.

iirc flair (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 24 September 2009 04:56 (ten years ago) link

yeah that was a chris rock bit from like 15 years ago. I remember dudes in my '90s high school using it to justify they're own weird racism. I had a friend who said Michael Jordan was a black person and Shaquille O'Neal was, uh, the other.

ENBB Otter's Pug Band Christmas (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 24 September 2009 04:59 (ten years ago) link

lol jordan

goodship journey to lollipop (some dude), Thursday, 24 September 2009 05:01 (ten years ago) link

i wonder if chris rock feels bad that a nation of white fucktards use his bit to excuse their bullshit prejudice

ENBB Otter's Pug Band Christmas (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 24 September 2009 05:01 (ten years ago) link

that's why chappelle went bonkers apparantly

ENBB Otter's Pug Band Christmas (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 24 September 2009 05:01 (ten years ago) link

yup, and the skit that sent him overboard was pretty fucked up

iirc flair (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 24 September 2009 05:03 (ten years ago) link

yeah that was a chris rock bit from like 15 years ago. I remember dudes in my '90s high school using it to justify they're own weird racism. I had a friend who said Michael Jordan was a black person and Shaquille O'Neal was, uh, the other.

― ENBB Otter's Pug Band Christmas (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, September 23, 2009 11:59 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

dude, if u knew people like this growing up why is it a surprise that maybe ppl on twitter -- perhaps even 90% of ppl dropping n-bombs on twitter -- might genuinely be 'being racist'?

deej, Thursday, 24 September 2009 05:06 (ten years ago) link

xpost - what skit was it?

ENBB Otter's Pug Band Christmas (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 24 September 2009 05:09 (ten years ago) link

the 'racial pixies' one

goodship journey to lollipop (some dude), Thursday, 24 September 2009 05:13 (ten years ago) link

oh i see

ENBB Otter's Pug Band Christmas (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 24 September 2009 05:26 (ten years ago) link

Also looking forward to REAMS of critical dialogue about culture wars and incipient racism and o god kanye i blame you for so much
― That is awful. I am sorry. Help it up. That is mean. (forksclovetofu), Monday, September 14, 2009

bring back all banned legends (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 24 September 2009 05:40 (ten years ago) link

yes, kanye is a black black guy. yes, taylor is a white white girl. yes, kanye is kind of a dick. yes, racist assholes will take advantage of kanye's dickishness to try to make some badly formed "point". but taking an informal collection of twitter searches for "kanye+nigger" and offering it up as proof of a trend has the same level of journalistic thoroughness and integrity that the NYT shows with it's frequent "Guava Jelly shows up in 4.3 million google searches".

I dunno; this all seems really predictable and sad and tired and i'm not sure i see it as much more than "harry allen: discovering there are idiots on twitter" excepting the reasonable but obvious point that outright racism truly ought to be at least as repugnant to any right-thinking person as threatening someone with direct violence. Claiming that this is noteworthy because we're "living in postracial times" is silly; Allen knows as well as anyone that nobody spread pixie dust post Obama. Shit's getting more and more racist on the daily with all this "not my country" nonsense. What am I missing in that piece that has greater import?

bring back all banned legends (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 24 September 2009 05:50 (ten years ago) link

ok i'm rambling on the kanye thread must be 2am

bring back all banned legends (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 24 September 2009 05:53 (ten years ago) link

The internet is a sewer basically.

http://theblogpaper.co.uk/files/imagecache/photostory_image/files/artic_p/17445720090902.jpg

Tim F, Thursday, 24 September 2009 06:19 (ten years ago) link

ok that was funny

goodship journey to lollipop (some dude), Thursday, 24 September 2009 13:28 (ten years ago) link

wins prize!

Mark G, Thursday, 24 September 2009 13:29 (ten years ago) link

(unfortunately I just tried it, it's not true, still though...)

Mark G, Thursday, 24 September 2009 13:30 (ten years ago) link

CNN with the dope headline:

Kanye West's 'Fame Kills' tour meets swift death

Whiney G. Weingarten, Friday, 2 October 2009 07:26 (ten years ago) link

two weeks pass...

In an infamous moment, after losing, Wu-Tang Clan member Ol' Dirty Bastard interrupted Shawn Colvin's Song of the Year acceptance speech to protest the loss in the Best Rap Album category, saying that he spent a lot of money on an expensive suit with expectations of winning, and proclaiming "Puffy is good and all, but Wu-Tang is better ... Wu-Tang is for the children".

access flap (omar little), Tuesday, 20 October 2009 00:59 (ten years ago) link

odb otm

amateurist, Tuesday, 20 October 2009 01:06 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

I'm trading this guy off my Madden team as soon as I get home.

thank you based jättegod (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 19 January 2011 18:04 (nine years ago) link

four years pass...

I only just now learned what the meme was in forks' joke GIF post upthread ("Has anyone ever really been far even as decided to do more look like?"). not sure if it helps or hampers the classic LOL

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Monday, 23 March 2015 04:17 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

at least partially feeling all conspiracy theory because (and this may tip my hand as being ignorant of popstuff - but...) i'd never heard of Taylor Swift until this incident, and informal polling around the office this morning has confirmed I'm not the only one.

now she's a household name.

― rentboy, Monday, September 14, 2009 10:09 AM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Neanderthal, Saturday, 26 August 2017 18:33 (two years ago) link

Could you imagine how fucking ridiculous you'd feel if the president of the united states called you a jackass.

― Whiney G. Weingarten, Tuesday, September 15, 2009 7:52 PM (seven years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Here's a post that didn't age well

Whiney G. Weingarten, Saturday, 26 August 2017 18:38 (two years ago) link

lmao!

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 26 August 2017 18:39 (two years ago) link

sad LOLs

Neanderthal, Saturday, 26 August 2017 18:50 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

it's now an endless parade of sad TinyPics wallpaper

XVI Pedicabo eam (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 29 July 2020 05:38 (one week ago) link

Could you imagine how fucking proud you'd feel if the president of the united states called you a jackass.

nashwan, Wednesday, 29 July 2020 09:39 (one week ago) link


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