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President Versus The Untouchable

“Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time”- Kanye West at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards on September 13, 2009. Two-thousand-and-nine was a big year in America. Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people” (nobelprize.org). Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music awards in a very rude, inappropriate manner. Obama, during an interview with The Atlantic, called Kanye West a “jackass” for his inappropriate actions. And finally, during an opening monologue Conan O’Brien jokingly said, “President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The committee said they gave it to Obama partly for his idealism and commitment to global cooperation, but mostly for calling Kanye West a jackass.” Quite an eventful year to say the least.

For a minute or two imagine the group of individuals who decided who wins the Nobel Peace Prize and why. One would normally imagine a group of intelligent, intellectual, educationally driven men and women. While discussing who would win the Nobel Peace Prize and why, these men and women probably talk about people who have impacted society and other people’s lives in a good way. Now, Kanye West, a known 21st century rapper, is someone you would not talk about in the same sentence, or in the same meeting discussion, as the Nobel Peace Prize. Publically Kanye West has gone off script and said “George Bush doesn’t care about black people”, has said AIDS was a “man-made disease [that was] placed in Africa just like crack was placed in the black community to break up the Black Panthers”. And of course the most famous outrageous thing, Mr. West interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) because he thought Beyoncé should have won over Taylor. To many, Kanye’s celeb status is...