The great VMA debacle

Trashwire’s own Pat Sue Gentry shares her thoughts on the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards

The 2008 MTV VMAs

Watching the VMAs last night was, in a word, torture. The only saving grace was Russell Brand, who managed to actually be entertaining during the ignominious joke of a ceremony we were all watching.

At times it was more like the Kids Choice Awards then the VMAs, but during the Lil Wayne performances it sunk down to some kind of “Pimps Up, Hos Down Convention” in Vegas.

The opinions and “messages” ranged from “promise to save sex for marriage”, to “give it up like free lunch”. And we wonder why kids are confused. So now half of the music industry are born-agains, who think everyone else is a super slut?

I was also left feeling like hip hop should really take a long hard look at itself. I used to be a big fan of rap; Dr. Dre, Snoop, Eminem, and Jay Z were played in my car every day, but then it all took a left somewhere and now we have Lil Wayne and T-pain and nothing can make me run from rap music faster than watching dudes whose main talent is knowing how to work a synthesizer yell into microphones while holding their man junk like it’s about to fall off.

I really don’t’ want to know which underwear brand Lil Wayne prefers. I don’t want to see every lyric sung while limping around the stage holding on to his balls. I can’t decide what bugs me the most the clothing style or the lyrics. Rap of today is not even classy enough to be played at truck stop strip clubs.

Someday, can we make fun of that trend like we do of the giant hair bands of the 80’s? Why wait–let the ridicule begin now!!!

Lastly, on Britney Spears’ awards that just kept coming: It is apparent MTV felt really guilty about putting Brit on stage last year when they knew she had more than one wheel in the sand. This year they piled up awards on her and hoped that would make it all better. To be honest, her competition was pretty weak, but right on for Britney and let’s hope it keeps her from sporting the pink wig and going down the rabbit hole again.

Next year, unless I have a lobotomy, I won’t be watching!

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Alexis Gentry

Alexis Gentry is the creator and editor of She has been called a “dynamic, talented and unique voice in pop culture” by Ben Lyons of E! and, with her strong fascination with entertainment and penchant for writing, it’s not hard to see why.

5 Responses

  1. Hilldog says:

    I think Britney kept thanking God so much because she wanted to try and fit in with the cult of “promise keepers” of the music industry. Can we not separate church and state, and church and MTV? According to the cadre of idiots presenting at the VMAs, my choices are either to be a Christian or a slut. What a world.

  2. Dr. Carson Gregory says:

    I started developing an eye twitch about 2/3 of the way through and realized that I hadn’t even been paying attention for at least an hour. But somwhow the yo-yo-yo had eaten it’s way into my brain and had damaged my nervous system (temporarily, thank God).

    Maybe I’m old fashoned, or just old, but last time I checked “talent” did not consist of jumping up and down on stage shirtless while your dreadlocks flapped around and your junk did not because your right hand kept it firmly anchored in place.

  3. Alexis says:

    The Jonas Brothers responded to the BBC about Russell Brand’s jokes at the VMAs

    Full article here:

    Here’s the best part…

    Nick Jonas also backed Brand’s comedy style. He said: “I think he did a good job. We saw him on Conan O’Brien and thought he was hilarious.”


    MTV asked Russell Brand to return next year to host the VMAs.

    I love when MTV makes up some fake controversial scandal and then tries to act like the whole thing wasn’t their idea in the first place.

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