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Kanye West and Taylor Swift — the backlash begins
When rap artist Kanye West took the microphone from country singer Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night and told viewers that Beyonce should have won her award instead, he was not likely to win many friends.
And sure enough, celebrities have taken to the Web to denounce Kanye’s actions faster than viral video of the incident, which you can view here.
Pop star Kelly Clarkson wrote a kind of open letter to West in a profanity-laden blog post, “I was actually nominated in the same category that Taylor won and I was excited for her … so why can’t you be?? … I just pity you because you’re a sad human being.”
“I Kissed a Girl” singer Katy Perry wrote a crude insult to West on her Twitter page, and then had this summation to describe the rap star’s actions, “It’s like U stepped on a kitten.”
And this year’s “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert wrote on his Twitter page, “Kanye needs to chill. He freaks out every year. It ain’t that deep man.”
What did West himself have to say about the whole brouhaha that got him kicked out of the VMAs?
Soon after the incident, he posted an apology to the 19 year-old Swift on his blog. But he has since taken it down. Celebrity website TMZ reported that West passed through a New York airport on Monday morning, but he had nothing to say about the incident to the paparazzi on hand.
Fans also took a dim view of West’s actions. In a poll on website Popeater.com , 98 percent said they believe his apology to Swift was “too little, too late.” Forty-seven percent of respondents said they believe the backlash against West will last forever.
On a positive note, Beyonce’s decision to call Swift on stage later in the night to allow her to finish her speech was popular with just about everyone. Sixty-six percent of the Popeater respondents said it was the best part of the Sunday night awards show.
In another wrinkle to the story, a Reuters photo above taken at the VMA event shows West apparently drinking from a liquor bottle as his girlfriend Amber Rose posed for photographers. Did he finish the whole bottle before he got on-stage?
Can Kanye recover from this, or is it an outburst too far?