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Robin Williams' VMA "Tribute" Was a Slap in the Face

  • 8/25/14  11:13am

    The only thing that was more uncomfortable than watching Miley Cyrus seem to fake her way through proud and sad tears at last night's VMAs was the half-cocked "tribute" video concocted in the late Robin Williams' honor.

    The video, a montage comprised of a few paltry photos and set to Coldplay's "A Sky Full of Stars," went unintroduced without any fanfare, was abbreviated, and after it concluded, the networks immediately cut to commercial. 

    The tribute seemed out of place -- even considering the fact that it was aired the MTV Video Music Awards -- but what's even more confusing is that the Michael Brown case was addressed to a much more detailed extent ... and rapper Common actually led a moment of silence in memoriam of what happened in Ferguson after giving this speech: 

    "For the past two weeks, the eyes of the nation have been on Ferguson, Missouri. The people in Ferguson and St. Louis and communities across the country have used their voices to call for justice and change. To let everyone know that each and every one of our lives matters. Hip hop has always been about truth and has been a powerful instrument of social change from Melle Mel to Public Enemy to Kendrick Lamar. Hip hop has always presented a voice for the revolution. I want us all to take a moment of silence for Mike Brown and for peace in this country and in the world." 

    This important, social catalyst event was addressed, but yet no suicide prevention hotline was announced before or after Robin's "tribute"; hip hop being about the "truth" was addressed and an urge for major change was summoned, yet no depression and anxiety PSAs were run. 

    Nobody's saying that Ferguson and the horrific events that have unfolded over the last few weeks is unimportant -- but suicide, anxiety, and depression are often the roots of any violent acts. 

    If either of these events were actually relevant to the MTV Video Music Awards at all -- then both should have been equally addressed rather than addressed in a vague way -- a way that raised zero awareness to the depression and suicide of a man whose suffering outwardly knew no bounds.

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