The public discourse has been all about interruptions lately. Just last week, President Barack Obama was delivering a speech about health care to a joint session of Congress when a heckler called out “You lie!” while he was attempting to debunk the myths created around health care reform. It was later revealed that the shout came from South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson, who later said he was sorry but may be censured this week anyway because he refuses to formally issue an apology from the floor of the House. At last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West took a page out of Wilson’s book when he bounded onto the VMA stage at Radio City Music Hall to derail Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video. “Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time!” West shouted, thoroughly flummoxing Swift.
An Internet genius managed to bring West and Wilson together in a single, brilliant piece of video that made its way online late last night. It casts West as the party crasher at Obama’s barbecue, and it’s fantastically funny.
The best moment? Obama’s matter-of-fact response to the idea that Beyoncé had made one of the best videos of all time. And Nancy Pelosi’s look of absolute shock is not unlike the reaction that Ms. Knowles had after Kanye shouted her out last night during his stage invasion. West, of course, issued an apology on his blog and said that there may be more statements to come. Kanye was spotted taking pulls from a bottle of Hennessey last night — if only that excuse worked for Wilson as well.