One more thing on the VMAs
Observers called it a fight. I don't even know if it deserves that designation. I've seen corpses hit harder. Still, chairs were tossed. Momentary mayhem ensued. And security had to restrain Lee and escort both men out of the venue.
If Lee and Rock had been rappers, it is a pretty safe bet that some talking head on some alphabet soup cable news outlet would rip into the genre and issue an "indictment" in prime time this evening, using a broad generalization about rap music's "vile" and "dangerous" nature. Again, chairs were tossed. Burly security guards were required to get the situation in check. I recall that happening at another music awards show a couple of years ago - this one rap-themed - and critics called for the show to be canceled after that.
So my rhetorical question of the day: Will the talking heads blast these two slap-fighting rockers, condemn rock music, and cite these two "representatives" as evidence of its imminent downfall in prime time this evening?
Let us hold our breath and see.
BTW, if this is your first time reading this blog, welcome. But don't try to call me out for allegedly trying to make this about race, for giving an undeserved defense to rap music, or for comparing apples to oranges. Check the archives. There is no bigger reasonable, logical critic of rap out there than me. And this post is just about bluster and double standards. Nothing more, nothing less.