Op-Ed: Why Beck Was the Wrong Target for Kanye West's Grammy Rant

February 9, 2015 7:43 PM

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Op-Ed: Why Beck Was the Wrong Target for Kanye West's Grammy Rant

For about an hour Sunday night, Kanye West seemed to have won his way back into America's good graces, thanks to the mistaken belief that he'd developed the ability to take the piss out of himself. When viewers saw him jump on stage at the Grammys as if to interrupt Beck's big album of the year moment, only to smile and make a "Nah, never mind" gesture and go back to his seat, it was clear -- wrongly clear! -- that he was making a self-deprecatory gag about how much he'd matured since he bum-rushed Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs. Who knew? Maybe President Obama would even rescind his "jackass" verdict.

But it's a good thing West hadn't gotten around to cashing all our good-will checks, because then he had to blow it all by going on E! an hour later and explaining that he really had wanted to ruin Beck's moment. Perhaps having been loosened up by a few drinks at the afterparty, or perhaps just drun...

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