The Pho Incident (A Story from my Childhood)

This past winter, I entered the CBC Literary Awards competition for Creative Nonfiction. In short, it’s a contest for style of how you tell a real story in 1500 words or less. The Long List was recently announced and I wasn’t on it, which meant I can now share it here with you! Entries published anywhere until now would have been disqualified from the competition.

This event had an impact on something in my near future at the time of writing, on which I contemplated and which has since passed. In a few days, I will post the follow-up to my contemplation at the story’s end.

I hope you’ll like it and thanks for reading. 🙂

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Kanye — adj. as classless as possible, humanly or otherwise; n. such an act.

November 2009 follow-up:
See Taylor’s classy “revenge” with her Saturday Night Live Monologue. 🙂

“Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ll let you finish, but Beyoncé has one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!”

“Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ll let you finish, but Beyoncé has one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!”

I’d like to introduce a new word to the dictionaries of modern English and every other language known. But first, a little background for context.

At the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) last Sunday (Sep 13 2009), 19 year old Taylor Swift had just won a Moon Man award in the Best Female Video category for “You Belong With Me”, beating out Beyoncé Knowles‘ “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)”. Just a few sentences into her acceptance speech, though, rapper with a serious problem Kanye West came on stage to ruin her moment of a lifetime by interrupting her with a rant on how Beyoncé’s video should have won. Just watch about 90 seconds of the video below and ignore the rest to see. (Here’s a “nice try” to Viacom International, who has tried hard to eradicate every clean version of the video online, without all the fan rants. Ignorant old skool thinkers!)
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Kanye’s  was about as classless an act as I have ever seen or heard about, and definitely the most classless of public acts I’ve ever seen or heard about. It was so bad I don’t have words to describe it! So to do that, I’d like to propose a new word for the English language… or any other language for that matter cause I don’t think any language has a word for it yet.
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Kanye

adj. as classless as possible, humanly or otherwise;
n. as classless an act as possible, humanly or otherwise.

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Kind of like that was SO Kanye, or don’t pull a Kanye, man!

YouTube reactions to Kanye’s outburst just a couple of days later have been so fierce I had a lot of trouble just finding a video of the incident! Go ahead, try it! Just about everything about it that’s searchable about the incident on YouTube gives a video that is a reaction with people swearing up and down in tirades even worse than Kanye’s backstage meltdown following the incident (serious warning of offensive language!) However, Viacom wasn’t able to find everything so I have the videos here. Nice try!

On Twitter, Amy Grindhouse has amassed a nice collection of reactions among the famous. I must say I liked Pink‘s the most.

“Kanye west is the biggest piece of shit on earth. Quote me.”
Pink

As you wish, Pink one!

Even President Barack Obama weighed in, calling Kanye “a jackass”! Mind you, it was off the record (hear it onTMZ). Was. To be fair, though, the Prez was in a conversation where Ted Moran, the reporter, asked if Obama’s daughters were as upset as he was over the Kanye West/Taylor Swift incident. Some people might think that inappropriate of him, but I thought it was great. Maybe having the Prez call you a jackass will help change Kanye… though I know it’s going to take a lot more than that!

Kanye has since apologized, but he missed the point. He apologized on his blog and on Jay Leno (waste of time even to provide a link), rather than to Taylor. It was only after Taylor appeared on The View the day after to talk about it, telling the nation Kanye had not reached out in any way, that it ever occurred to him he maybe should apologize to the person he hurt. No class just like everything before it.
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Luckily for MTV, the night ended with some major class. During Beyoncé acceptance speech, she invited Taylor to come up to have her moment. Viacom, again, has tried hard to remove the video. Something about 4 reruns of the show already planned for lots of money had to do with it, I think. But not good enough, I’m afraid, Viacom!
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As for that sweetheart Taylor, she also reacted with class. No retribution or anything. Just told it like it was.

“I was standing on stage and I was really excited, because I’d just won the award, and then I was really excited because Kanye West was on stage, and then I wasn’t excited anymore after that.”
— Taylor Swift

Now there’s a genuine, good ole country girl!

No wonder people love her so much!

Oh, she also had to perform 5 minutes after the incident and she handled it like the pro she is!

See more of my Kanye West mockery.

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