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WATCH: The Most Painfully Awkward Exchange In VMA History

There were plenty of questionable decisions made at last night’s VMAs, but none were nearly as disastrous as the decision to let A$AP Rocky share the stage with newly out NBA star Jason Collins…without a script.

The rapper made his thoughts on homophobia in hip-hop clear in an interview with Interview Magazine in April, saying “it makes me upset that this topic even matters,” and that homophobia is “retarded.” This man clearly knows how to choose his words.

When the two appeared onstage together to introduce Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love” performance, it could have been a trailblazing example of hip hop’s acceptance of homosexuality (a hotly debated topic since Snoop Lion spoke up). Instead, it was an incredibly awkward mess.

“The only way things change is when you stand up for what you believe in,” Jason Collins said.

Turning to introduce Macklemore, obviously without a script, A$AP said “he stand up for everything he believe in as far as everybody being equal, color… homosexuality,” while pointing a finger at Collins.

Uh, thanks for the introduction?

By:           Matthew Tharrett
On:           Aug 26, 2013
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  • 11 Comments
    • B Damion
      B Damion

      O.M.G..I thought it was just me. lol this was very very awkward. Why was he helping to into-this rapper is known to hate the gays.

      Aug 26, 2013 at 2:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B Damion
      B Damion

      A$AP- is full of shit. He doesn’t like gay people at all. This is a front to try an sell albums.

      Aug 26, 2013 at 2:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kieran
      Kieran

      I understand ASAP be doin’ his ghetto talk to show how tough he be. But what’s with his hair-do?

      Aug 26, 2013 at 3:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hotshot70
      hotshot70

      When a famous person says or does something homohobic, I stop listening to their music, watching theri movies/tv shows, and refuse to buy anything connected to them.

      Aug 26, 2013 at 7:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kangol
      Kangol

      A$AP Rocky appeared to be trying, but I also hope he realizes when he looks in the mirror that he styles himself after black gay men and women. Not sure if he’s aware of that, but he should be.

      In fact, it’s courageous LGBTIQ people, including black lesbians, gays and trans people, who open up a space in our society and culture for “straight” thugged out rappers like him to wear hair parted and plaited like Whoopie Goldberg in The Color Purple, kilts, skirts and skorts, ambiguous jewelry, and everything else he likes to roll through the streets in.

      Aug 26, 2013 at 7:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LadyL
      LadyL

      Trying to have it both ways much?

      Aug 26, 2013 at 7:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LadyL
      LadyL

      @Kangol: Excellent point.

      Aug 26, 2013 at 7:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Matt G
      Matt G

      it’s saying something when this is much less awkward (partly saying Martha is a badass)

      Aug 26, 2013 at 11:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Matt G
      Matt G

      Derp- Google “Martha Stewart Busta Rhymes” for a less awkward VMAs presentation

      Aug 26, 2013 at 11:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nyruinz
      Nyruinz

      @LadyL:

      A$AP is just trying to maintain his street cred,that’s a front. He was serving Little Richard realness with that outfit and hair. I mean come on this man rode the #2 train to the VMA’s with his victoria secret model Chanel Iman.

      Aug 27, 2013 at 1:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • eigilvesti
      eigilvesti

      twenty~somethings are as dumb as bricks…
      with that said…. i think he was trying to say something positive…
      in his own little mind.

      Aug 27, 2013 at 1:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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