Jason Collins’ message to the MTV VMA audience was about the growing acceptance of gay athletes, stars in pop culture and the struggles and challenges the gay community faces still today. It was about standing up for what you believe in, overcoming lifetimes of adversity and prejudice, gay rights, illegitimi non carborundum, amen.
A$AP Rocky‘s message to the VMA audience was about A$AP Ferg‘s album Trap Lord being in stores now. This was the “I don’t pop molly/ I rock Tom Ford” of illogical transitions in award presentations, and it didn’t help that Rocky was mugging to some fans during Collins’ speech. Rocky later said, as he was introducing Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ performance of “Same Love,” “The next artist is a good friend of mine he stands up for everything he believes in as far as everybody being equal, colored, [points to Collins] homosexuality…”
Innocuous, perhaps, but this caused a bit of a stir. Not only was the tone of the moment very incongruous, but Rocky’s reactions, physicality and gestures on stage did not paint him in the most tolerant light.