People Are Furious At MTV Over The VMAs. Here’s Why


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By Hope Ngo/Sept. 12, 2021 9:57 pm EDT

MTV’s Video Music Awards have been around for decades. But while the show might have started out in 1984 as the anti-Grammys and a trendsetter in music and entertainment culture, it didn’t seem that way for a while, particularly at an age of streaming and music-on-demand – although the show seemed to have turned a corner after new producers took over (via Rolling Stone).

This year’s VMAs are being held in Brooklyn, and if there was ever a time an awards show could be more out-of-step and tone deaf, it could be now. Some Twitter users called out MTV for what they felt was a glaring omission to this year’s production: None of the winners or presenters thus far acknowledged 9/11, which marked a solemn 20th anniversary one borough away, and just one day before the show.

As one Twitter user pointed out to both MTV and the show’s producers: “with the helicopters and fireworks, are yall are purposefully trying to trigger PTSD for 9/11 survivors who still live in NYC or what like the day after the anniversary.”

Another Twitter user said: “Hey @vmas @MTV if yall just did those fireworks of pier 26 you just traumatized a city that was already on edge after marking 20 years since 9/11 yesterday. Yall f***ed up. They were too close to Manhattan.”

Social media users were uncomfortable with the lack of any references to 9/11

While complaints about the omission to any 9/11 references were slow at the start, they began to pick up some traction with social media users who were becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the absence of any 9/11 references. “Soooo VMA’s live from Brooklyn the day after the 20th anniversary of 9/11, but no mention of it? Huh, sounds right,” one social media user said testily. Another said: “#VMA in NY and no one cares. Local tv stations haven’t even announced this event because we are busy with the 9/11 memorials.” 

But it appeared not everyone was in agreement, since to a few social media users like this one, 9/11 appeared to be just another event on an event calendar: “NYFW The VMA’s, The US Open Final, The Subway Series, 9/11 There was a lot going on this weekend. Crazy how all of this is going on and the days just go on for most like it’s nbd (except 9/11)”

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