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Hip Hop’s Intellectual Strikes Again

By on 9.14.09 | 3:42PM

The latest controversy in the entertainment world comes from Sunday night's MTV Music Awards show. Country singer Taylor Swift had just won the trophy for Best Female Video for her song "You Belong with Me," edging out (among others) Beyoncé, and was giving her acceptance speech when rapper Kanye West jumped onto the stage, snatched the microphone from her hand and said "Yo, Taylor, I'm really happy for you. I'm-a-let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time!" He then handed the mic back to Swift, but she was too shaken to continue and left the stage in tears.

To her credit, Beyoncé seemed genuinely mortified by West's outburst and later invited Swift to share the stage after she won an award herself.

West, you might recall, is the buffoon who declared, during the 2005 benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina, that "George Bush doesn't care about black people."

It's worth noting that West's father was a Black Panther and a photojournalist, and that his mother was an English professor; indeed, West is renowned in rap circles for his social conscience and is often considered one of the medium's true intellectuals.

Which should remind the rest of us that there's stupid. There's stoopid. And then there's hip hop stoopid.

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