Way Out West

Rapper Kanye West made a fool of himself at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards by jumping onstage during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech, grabbing the mic and telling everyone that he thought Beyonce’s video was better. Swift was dumbstruck. The crowd’s boos hammered West like an icy rain, obviously surprising him while leaving no doubt that he’d crossed a line. 

There’s a very important lesson here. When artists get paid big bucks to spew unfiltered, controversial opinions in their lyrics, they can delude themselves into thinking anything goes. That the world is their stage to be seized whenever the urge hits. That they can say what they want when they want.  Well, Kanye West got a dose of reality when he was rude to Taylor Swift. He learned that even on MTV there are, in a sense, “community standards.” Freedom of speech has limits, and it carries responsibility.

Who wrote this?

Senior Editor for PLUGGEDIN.COM. In addition to hosting the weekly "Official Plugged In Podcast," Bob also writes reviews, articles and Movie Nights discussion guides, and manages areas of this website. He has served at Focus on the Family for more than 20 years. Since 1995, Bob has penned "High Voltage," a monthly column that answers children's entertainment questions in Clubhouse magazine. He has co-authored several books, including Chart Watch, Movie Nights, Movie Nights for Teens and, most recently, The One Year Father-Daughter Devotions. Bob is also co-host of "The Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast."

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