Top Ten Videos to watch

A Man Operating A Tv Camera
Maurice White
'News One Now' With Roland Martin Taping
Bill Cosby
Activists In Los Angeles Gather To Burn Likenesses Of The Confederate Flag
Flint Firebirds V Windsor Spitfires
CBC Message To America: Rep. Conyers Addresses The Damage Inflicted On Our Communities By Poverty, Mass Incarceration And Lack Of Economic Development
Iowa Caucus Ted Cruz
NewsOne Now NAACP Image Awards Preview
Student sitting at a desk in a classroom
Slavery Stock image
The 16th Annual Wall Street Project Gala Fundraising Reception
Ava DuVernay
Roland Martin Blasts Stacey Dash For Comments About BET, Black Networks
President Obama Delivers State Of The Union Address At U.S. Capitol
Ava DuVernay
2016 North American International Auto Show
Democratic National Committee Presidential Primary Debate
88th Oscars Nominations Announcement
Democratic debate
Dream Speech
GOP Presidential Candidates Debate In Charleston
US President Barack Obama speaks on the
2011 Winter TCA Tour - Day 5
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18, 2015: Two wooden stand-in Oscar statuettes are ready to be taken on
Woman Holding Dollars - Isolated
President Barack Obama Delivers His State Of The Union Address
Leave a comment
Kanye West performs at the 2010 VMAs

After watching the VMAs—or better yet, watching the reaction to people watching the VMAs on Sunday night via Twitter, I realized that I am a visitor to your planet. I’m not exactly sure where “I’m” from but I’m fairly positive it can’t be here. The opinions that come out as the general consensus here on your lovely orbiting blue rock confuses, baffles, and on occasion makes me literally yell out the words “Seriously guys? EFF’ING SERIOUSLY?”

Example of a comment I saw:

“Will.I.Am was in BLACKFACE! He’s setting black people back!”

Um…what? Will.I.Am is a lot of things: annoying rapper, mediocre producer, but black folks setter backer? I don’t think so. Mr. I.Am was trying to be all artistic and he dressed up in “all black everything.” That’s it. It’s not like when Ted Danson showed up to the Whoopi Goldberg roast in blackface. That was over the line which begs the question: Would it be racially insensitive if a white guy did it? I don’t know. Possibly. Depends on how said white guy did it. Will.I.Am, on the other hand, also had a plastic flattop on! He was dressed like the black tin man and folks acted like he wore a sign saying “Obama is a socialist! I want my country back!” It’s not always this deep. Sometimes a costume is a costume.

Then we have Chelsea Handler. A lot of people didn’t care for her racial jokes. I personally wasn’t insulted by Ms. Handler at all. I saw one reviewer note that she said “Let’s look at the big black elephant in the room” when referring to Kanye. So? As a white performer is she not allowed to acknowledge race at all? Perhaps it’s because we’re both comedians. Maybe I’m being more forgiving because I know these are gags. A white girl bringing in guns to an event because security didn’t check her is humorous; it’s based in what a lot of blacks say all the time. Comedians are supposed to say comedic-type-things. She rode off the stage on a moped with cholesterol in a can…I mean, Rick Ross! That’s comedy, people. You may not find it hilarious but it’s obviously not said from a position of bigotry.

If anyone should be offended it should be the cast of Jersey Shore but luckily being referred to as disgusting and filthy is nothing new to them.

Then there’s Kanye.

I’m not sure how to approach this without getting death threats from Kanye fans. I wasn’t really that impressed. I wasn’t disgusted (for disgust see Nicki Minaj’s performance at the Pre-VMAs) but I wasn’t amazed at his magical abilities. I heard some say “HE MIXED A SONG ONSTAGE!” Actually, he didn’t. He had some notes and some vocal ad libs on the mixer and he pressed buttons but he didn’t MIX a song on stage. “HE WAS WEARING A RED SUIT LIKE RICHARD PRYOR!” Yes, and like Suge Knight. What’s your point? Mr. West is good at creating spectacle and that’s fine, but pretending as if he’s a genius because he owned up to his terrible faux pas last year is ridiculous.

So I’m going to go make my aluminum hat and wait for the mothership to come pick me up. I’m hoping wherever my home planet is we don’t have the VMAs. Or a Tea Party. Or okra.

Also On News One: