Count to 10

Have you ever heard that you’re supposed to count to ten before you speak when you’re angry? Supposedly the action has a calming effect, giving you time to “think before you speak.” But some people seem to either be oblivious or uncaring of what might befall them if they speak while all riled up.  Let’s look at my favorite ignoramus of an example: Kanye West.  Oh, Kanye, what a mess you are. Do you have any fans left at all?

I honestly can’t pinpoint exactly when my dislike of this performer began, all I know is that my disdain for him has grown as he’s proven to be a big ol’ blowhard.  Why do you irk me so? Let’s go back in time so that I can count the ways:

Maybe it’s because of your debacle at Bonnaroo last summer. For those of you who haven’t heard about it, here’s the basics: Kanye was supposed to perform at 2:45 am. This timeslot was for his much hyped glow in the dark effects. It was two hours later, right before sunrise, when he finally graced the stage, upsetting scores of fans who attended the festival just to see him.

Or perhaps it’s because of your disrespect for artists you claim to admire. Remember when you refused to applaud, or even stand up, for Radiohead at the Grammy’s earlier this year? Who are you, Miley Cyrus? At least she has the excuse of being a teenager. You could have handled yourself better. Kanye in the \”Spotlight\”

But your insensitive nature really came forth when you stole the mic from Taylor Swift after her win at the 2009 VMAs tonight. She was clearly very excited to have won, but you marched onstage, stealing the limelight, and showcasing your favorite nominee, Beyonce. I’m not taking sides on which artist deserved to win, they are both popular performers or they wouldn’t have been nominated. But that doesn’t mean that it’s your place to judge.

Watch his self-righteous tirade:

VMA Upset

So what, children, is the moral of this story? No, it’s not that we should hate Kanye West, that one’s completely up to you. It’s that we should think before we speak. Look before we leap. Consider the possible ramifications of our actions before we commit to them. Especially someone in Kanye’s position who can be considered a role model, someone that adolescents look up to. Also, let’s learn to give people the benefit of the doubt and respect the winner, especially when it’s won by popular vote. It’s common decency, folks. Let’s try and bring it back into style.