Was Kanye-Gate Staged? Experts Say No
In the various conspiracy theory-esque posts, writers cite that Kanye and Taylor Swift, who he rudely interrupted as she was accepting an award, share the same agent. The reports also claim that the same agent, David Wirtschafter of the William Morris Endeavor agency, also represented 50 Cent during his beef with Kanye a few years back. So, was the "any publicity is good publicity" ploy in full force here, regardless of the massive blow to Kanye's reputation?
"I don't think the Kanye-Taylor incident was staged," said Tracey Ford, the Managing Editor of hip-hop blog TheBoombox.com. "Kanye was photographed swinging a half-empty bottle of Hennessy. Cognac coupled with a reputation to spazz out every now and then can certainly lead to public tirades."
Ford was quick to point out that West "has a history of unabashed outbursts. See: "George Bush doesn't care about black people,'" which in her opinion makes a staging less likely.
Richard Spencer, the Editor in Chief for In Touch Weekly magazine, says that the possibility of a staged event "was actually my first thought when it happened, considering the last award show's stunt with Eminem and Bruno, but I have faith that MTV wouldn't purposely humiliate Taylor Swift like that. Nor would I think Kanye would volunteer to have his career image take such a beating."
Spencer is referring to the MTV Movie Awards buzz moment when Sacha Baron Cohen plummeted from the ceiling dressed as his character 'Bruno,' landing bare-bummed atop rapper Eminem's face. Eminem stormed out of the hall in faux-anger, and the two later admitted it was all pre-planned.
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