After witnessing hip hop star Kanye West’s inexcusably rude treatment of Taylor Swift at the Video Music Awards this month, it became clear to me that this man needs some help. Not psychological help, no, what he needs is a refresher course in basic manners and polite behavior — the stuff we parents teach our children about the time they enter kindergarten.
I talked it over with my husband and we’ve decided to offer up our parental services to Mr. West to help him re-learn some of the basics. We will do this as a public service, both to future award show nominees and to young people who might be influenced by his outlandish behavior.
Now, I realize that Kanye tragically lost his mother only two years ago and at first I sympathized that his outburst the other night might have stemmed from this. But then I remembered that the many other instances of his boorish behavior pre-date her loss: the grousing backstage at the 2007 VMA’s when he didn’t win, the storming out of the 2004 AMA’s over his loss to Gretchen Wilson, and his other leap to the stage to protest Justice and Simian’s victory at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards.