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Sep 15, 2009, 05:52AM

Understanding the Kanye VMA incident

"A metaphor for racism and other very important theories."

Making sense of tragedy takes time—a necessary distancing from an event’s forced perspective to draw your own conclusions, yes, but also time to read the opinions of other people forced to find a new angle on a story that’s already cold by the time it hits the Internet, and then use said opinions to synthesize your own. Now that we’ve had a full eight-hour workday to allow the Kanye West/Taylor Swift debacle to settle—and because everyone apparently had absolutely nothing else to think or talk about today—we can finally step back with the advantage of hindsight, and assess all the various “theories” as to why it happened, after which we can officially stop discussing this forever.


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