Has the live-blog been obliterated by Twitter? Let's find out on MTV's biggest night of the year, the Video Music Awards, which this year will feature Taylor Swift (in business casual on the double-decker red carpet right now), Frank Ocean, Rihanna, and Green Day, among others, as well as honors to various clips designed to big-up the biggest pop tracks of the year.
All in all, you've got to admire the restraint shown by Gothamist editor John Del Signore, who waited 10 years and--more impressively, though one supposes this wasn't exactly ever going to accord with Gothamist's VMA coverage plan-- nearly two months after the whole Kanye/Taylor Swift melodrama to reveal his OG status as a guy who attended an awards show, only to get onstage and disrupt it. His "Bite Me, Kanye! I Bum-Rushed the MTV Video Music Awards--Ten Years Ago This Week" is online in full at the Awl, where we heartily recommend reading it, if only for the random and stray details that so exactly evoke what it is to be a 24-year-old with a plan. Del Signore's lede: "On November 9th, 1999, my morning to-do list included such items as 'Make a list,' 'Pick up stuff from storage,' and 'Attend MTV awards, jump on stage, yell something nonsensical.' I never made it to my storage unit in Park Slope that day, but the NYPD, while studying the list later that night, would crack wise about my busy day. They were also very curious about that storage facility." [The Awl]
It's no surprise that the inevitably leaked (and even more predictably TMZ-obtained) audio of President Obama calling Kanye West a "jackass"--off the record, to CNBC, which didn't keep ABC's Terry Moran from hearing about it and tweeting it, then deleting it and apologizing, much much too late--proves that it was in fact Obama who was the adult (as usual) in a room full of otherwise tittering children. From the way the quote ricocheted around the internet today, you might've thought our president gave an entire speech on the issue, or at least foamed at the mouth a bit when it was brought up, but, as it turns out, the actual response was really...normal. After a reporter Trojan-horsed the question via an inquiry of what Obama's daughters thought about the whole debacle, our president responded, sounding like every suburban dad ever, basically: