Kanye West decided to make himself a stand in for all jagoffs everywhere when he half rushed the stage at the Grammys and then later said Beck, who had just won album of the year, should give his Grammy to Beyoncé. Meh, that’s just Kanye being a rock star and keeping things entertaining. Whatever happened to “sex, drugs and rock n’ roll”?
I remember a sign that hung outside Salt Lake’s Hard Rock that read “No Drugs or Nuclear Bombs.” Good one. Rock N’Roll is one long reality show that has been in syndication since “Rocket 88.” Not that anyone has that song in their playlist. Ike was hitting women like a chump way before Chris Brown was a chump. Jerry Lee Lewis married his underage cousin before R. Kelly “allegedly” was peeing on minors. Elton John was making hits and was gay way before Hozier. So why is everyone so bothered by Kanye? It’s what you tuned into watch. Beck didn’t seem so bothered. The press did. The same headlines flew across timelines and some agreed with Kanye. That’s all just clickbait (see this post’s headline). The real question is, when did rock music get such a thin skin? And do we blame synths?
That is what makes this open letter from Garbage’s voice, Shirley Manson, to Kanye West a bit odd. She always seemed like a person that held her own, a rock star of rock stars, a badass. Perhaps she still is. Perhaps she has a new solo album coming out and wanted to snag a few eyes and ears. Well, Ms. Manson penned an open letter to Mr. West to give a lesson in manners. I am not sure where she thinks she will win where Jay Leno failed.
Here is Shirley’s open letter:
Dear Kanye West,
It is YOU who is so busy disrespecting artistry.
You disrespect your own remarkable talents and more importantly you disrespect the talent, hard work and tenacity of all artists when you go so rudely and savagely after such an accomplished and humble artist like BECK.
You make yourself look small and petty and spoilt.
In attempting to reduce the importance of one great talent over another, you make a mockery of all musicians and music from every genre, including your own.
Grow up and stop throwing your toys around.
You are making yourself look like a complete twat.
Ps.I am pretty certain Beyonce doesn’t need you fighting any battles on her account. Seems like she’s got everything covered perfectly well on her own.
Maybe she is right or maybe we need to stop the finger waving and just enjoy the show. Either way, I am sure calling him a ‘twat’ will help as much when you call your barista one for spelling your name wrong on the side of your venti whatever.