On today’s episode of “Try to Contain Your Shock and Amazement,” we discuss Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards show, “shockingly” going all in for Black Lives Matter — and all out for “police brutality.”
As to be expected, the 2020 MVAs were all over BLM — or should I say BLM was all over the VMAs — and its “fight to end systemic racism” in America, as reported by Breitbart.
From politically-charged comments by emcee Keke Palmer, to ads sponsored by the BLM movement, to rapper DaBaby performing one of his hits atop a police car — lights flashing, of course — as a cityscape burned in the background, it was pretty much all BLM, all the time.
Prior to climbing on top of the car’s roof, the rapper performed “Blind,” while handcuffed in the back seat of the cruiser. In other words, the whole “dramatic” schtick was a theatrical misrepresentation of the countless “peaceful protests” that have gripped cities across America in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, more than three months ago.
— CafeNetAmerica (@cafenetamerica) August 31, 2020
— ET Canada (@ETCanada) August 31, 2020
HollywoodLife described the rapper’s incendiary performance as “delivering a powerful message about policy brutality.”
DaBaby also made sure to get in a message about police brutality during the performance. In the chorus of “ROCKSTAR,” DaBaby sings, “Brand new Lamborghini / f–k a cop car” — a line that he brought to life on stage by rapping on top of a cop car. By the cop car’s “Protect & Serve” slogan, the following question was spray painted on: “For who?”
Here’s the song’s chorus. I report, you decide.
Brand new Lamborghini, f**k a cop car
With the pistol on my hip like I’m a cop (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Have you ever met a real nigga rockstar? (Yeah)
This ain’t no guitar, bitch, this a Glock (Woo)
My Glock told me to promise you gon’ squeeze me (Woo)
You better let me go the day you need me (Woo)
Soon as you up me on that nigga, get to bustin’ (Woo)
And if I ain’t enough, go get the chop
— HollywoodLife (@HollywoodLife) August 31, 2020
Here ya go — grab the popcorn.
Meanwhile, emcee and “Hustlers” actress — wait — actor Keke Palmer “bravely” praised her generation for “taking it to the streets.”
“With the Black Lives Matter movement, we’ve seen our generation step up, take to the streets, and make sure our voices will be heard. Enough is enough.
What we just witnessed in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is yet another devastating reminder that we can’t stop, that we can never tolerate police brutality or any injustice.
“We must continue the fight to end systemic racism. The leaders of that movement are you, us, the people watching tonight. It’s our time to be the change we want to see.”
Palmer “forgot” to mention that “taking it to the streets” in Kenosha to be the “change we want to see” included torching buildings and destroying local businesses in a previously peaceful Midwestern town.
The Weeknd, who won two awards, showed up in scary Halloween-looking makeup in an apparent attempt to look like he’d just been beaten up — most likely by a “racist white cop.” He told viewers it’s “really hard for me to celebrate right now and enjoy this moment.”
READY FOR YOU @theweeknd ⚡️
— Video Music Awards (@vmas) August 30, 2020
However, the Canadian singer was able to pull himself together long enough to deliver what those who appreciate such things lauded as a “superstar” opening performance.
You know I’ll be watching this OVER AND OVER AND OVER. What a superstar. 👏 pic.twitter.com/9SZA6zHtQ6
— Video Music Awards (@vmas) August 31, 2020
The bottom line:
There are a couple of realities at play here.
On one hand, those of us on the opposite side of the BLM movement, “police brutality,” “systemic racism,” “white privilege” and “white supremacy” narrative can sometimes dismiss out of hand the legitimate concerns of rational people on the other side.
Operative words being “legitimate” and “rational.”
On the other hand, the false narrative of Minneapolis and Kenosha has become reality to the Left — created and perpetrated by the Democrat Party, the “mainstream” media, professional sports, and the entertainment industry — and it’s not going to end anytime soon.
And if Donald Trump prevails in November? We ain’t seen nothin’ yet.