After issuing two apologies on his blog , Kanye West appeared on “The Jay Leno Show” for his third public offering of remorse to [artist id="2389485"]Taylor Swift[/artist] for jumping onstage during Swift’s Best Female Video acceptance speech at the VMAs.
West expressed his regret over the incident, citing the fact that he’s still dealing with the “hurt” of losing his mother, Donda, who died in 2007 of complications resulting from plastic surgery, and offered to apologize to Swift in person. But many music fans are still not happy with West for his outburst at Sunday night’s VMAs.
“Kanye, How could you be so heartless? I’m very disappointed in you!!” Simoneaird wrote, alluding to West’s 2008 song.
West does have a few supporters here and there among the many commenters, like Nekel, who noted, “Everyone makes mistakes and no one can deny that. He is apologizing, isn’t that a good thing or worth something anymore?”
But many fans think his apologies were just a form of damage control and were not sincere. “His apology still didn’t seem genuine to me. It was better done than his first one, but still felt more like a hand caught in the cookie jar apology,” StephenC wrote. “You know, where it’s more of a sorry you got caught — ’cause it seems the punishment [and] chastising never seems to end — than a sorry for the act itself.”
Herculean wrote, “This seems to be one of those instances when an adult says, ‘You’re only sorry because [you] got caught.’ Would he have been this distraught without all the backlash? Doubt it … Besides that his outburst messed up the Tracy Morgan and Eminem Skit that followed Taylor Swift’s exit.”
One commenter, George, seems to think that at this point, West is using the situation for attention and not really trying to make amends for his actions. “I am sick of seeing so-called ‘stars’ milking these situations for their own personal gain after the fact,” he wrote. “Don’t apologize for it, and just don’t do it in the first place. That’s it. No more self-indulgence. Deal with your issues in private and with friends and family. What an idiot.”
Another fan decided that if someone else had won the award, West wouldn’t have felt the need to jump onstage and rant. “Kanye can kiss my a**!!” LASAlvi09 wrote. “If it was Lady Gaga or Katy Perry, you know he wouldn’t have done that, period !!!”
Meanwhile, Cheriss empathized with West for still being distraught over his mother’s death but didn’t feel his actions were justified. “I understand that his mothers death still hurts him and I feel kinda bad for him, but that’s not an excuse,” she wrote. ” ‘Ye, it’s just not! I hope he will get it together and finds out what his real issue is cuz I don’t like seeing people like this! So get it together!”
And there are many fans out there who think that this latest West tantrum is the straw that broke the camel’s back. Brad wrote, “Sorry Kanye, but you’re done. We’ve put up with your self-centered, egotistical, ‘What planet are you from?’ B.S. for long enough. This was your Michael Richards moment, you’ve jumped the shark, put a fork in you, you’re done. Go home. Shut up. And keep thinking you’re more than you are.”
The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards may have wrapped, but the party is far from over. Stay tuned for behind-the-scenes updates, party reports and much more.