We all remember last year’s Video Music Award incident with Kanye West and Taylor Swift, don’t we? If you have no idea what I am talking about, here it is in a nutshell. Basically, as Taylor Swift was accepting her award for Best Female Video for “You Belong To Me” last year, Kanye West stormed the stage and grabbed the microphone to rudely say Beyonce should have won. Talk about class!
Even though Kanye’s major faux-pas only lasted a few short moments on stage, his error in social etiquette cost him big time. He virtually disappeared from the public eye and told us on Twitter that he’s received death threats, has been forced to fire employees and cancel a tour.
Flash forward to this year’s VMA’s, and it seems the pair have gotten past one of the biggest sagas of last year. Swift penned a heartfelt song about the experience called “Innocent” which she performed last night. The 20-year-old sympathizes with what Kanye has had to go through and sings “Thirty-two and still growing up now; who you are is not what you did… you’re still an innocent.”
When Kanye took the stage at the end of the night, he didn’t directly address last year’s incident. Instead, he performed “Runaway,” a song that mocked his behavior: “I always find something wrong; you’ve been putting up with my (expletive) for too long,” Then came the too vulgar for print chorus which includes the line,
Let’s have a toast to scumbags.
Has Kanye West been absolved of all his wrongdoing? Probably not. But he’s certainly taken a step in the right direction.