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Some drama last night on the stage of the MTV Video Music Awards involving the daughters of presidential candidate John Kerry. Our pop culture correspondent, Toure, is joining me now live from Miami with more on all of this.
Toure, good morning. Beautiful shot behind you there.
TOURE, CNN POP CULTURE CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Heidi. How are you?
COLLINS: I'm great. Listen, I want to get straight to the sound of this. A little bit unexpected event last night, when Vanessa and Alexandra about halfway through the show or so took to the microphones. Let's go ahead and listen for a minute.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
VANESSA KERRY, JOHN KERRY'S DAUGHTER: It's good to be here with you all tonight in Florida and to get this chance...
KERRY: And get this chance...
(END VIDEO CLIP)
COLLINS: So, Toure, I understand you had a chance to talk with Vanessa. We want to go ahead and listen to what she said about that incident.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
KERRY: I was scared out of my mind. I mean, I grabbed my sister, and I thought, what is happening? And -- but it doesn't matter, because we're fighting for something that I believe in so strongly. I will go up there and hear the whole arena boo if it means connecting with one person.
(END VIDEO CLIP) COLLINS: So Toure, did she connect?
TOURE: She did connect. I mean, most people cheered. But there were a lot of boos. And you could hear that.
And it was kind of a difficult moment for her. And, as she said, she was really scared by that. But, you know, they're really focused on helping their dad.
And MTV made it a nonpartisan moment by bringing in the Bush twins by videotape. So it was kind of a together moment. I mean, the whole night, there was a political subtext just saying, like, vote, everybody get out and be part of the system.
COLLINS: But, Toure, you know, we just did a series last week on sort of the lines being blurred between politics and entertainment. I'm just wondering, do you think the crowd was like, hey, this isn't why I'm here. I don't want to hear about politics. Do you think that could have been part of it?
TOURE: I think maybe part of it. I mean, you know, this is -- this is such a battleground state, it's such a passionate election. And I think people who really believe in the president were like boo to you. But why would you boo somebody's daughter?
The guy's from JET, the rock band said, you know, it's like if James Hetfield's daughter or son was walking down the street, James Hetfield from Metallica, and they would boo like the son, like "We don't like your dad's band, boo." Like, you know, they're just kids trying to help their parents.
Well, guess that explains it.
Update: Video here.
Note the ladies glance backwards when the booing begins to see just who the object of that scorn may be. No doubt that was a chilling moment, when they realized for whom that bell tolled.
But you'll feel foolish to learn (after reading the above report and watching the event with your own eyes) that according to this CNN story the crowd was booing the Bush twins, most likely in some sort of anticipatory response.
(Update links via Instapundit)
Regardless of who was booing who... note the title of this post.
Update 2: Matthew Gross explains it all.
I love how the reporter contadicts even the Kerry daughter admitting getting booed.
Can they even TRY to hide their bias?
Maybe there is hope for our youth yet.
Nahhhh....I have two teenagers. I don't see it. We can only hope they all have hangovers on Nov. 2nd.
The spin begins - Why didn't the live report mention booing the Bush girls? Bias?Posted by Gunther at August 31, 2004 12:53 AM
Sorta like Michael Moore's "They were booing the original booers."Posted by HH at August 31, 2004 03:00 PM
Gunther, maybe because they weren't OVERWHELMED with boos like the kerry daughters. Also, they didn't expect the kerry daughters to get booed. This is the MTV crowd, ya know. That was news.Posted by Kathleen at August 31, 2004 06:20 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(4) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)