HuffPo: What Kanye, Taylor, Beyonce teach youth about bullying


By Rachel Simmons
Excerpt from The Huffington Post
Explaining why he hijacked the mic and moment from Taylor Swift at the VMA’s earlier this week, rapper Kanye West explained that he was being “real.” Yeah, he was being real. Real obnoxious.

I had an unexpectedly interesting conversation about the VMA’s at the University School of Milwaukee, where I had the privilege of speaking with parents and teachers, and working with boys and girls in grades 5-9.

In case you missed it, West stormed the stage where Swift was accepting the award for Best Female Video. “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ll let you finish,” he told Swift, “but Beyonce has one of the best videos of all time!” Swift stood, stunned and birdlike, as the outraged crowd rose to their feet to cheer for her. When Beyonce later won the award for Best Video of the Year, she brought the nineteen year-old Swift onstage to “have her moment.” Later, in a less savory moment, West blogged a tepid apology and told Leno he’d be taking time off to get himself together (is there jerk rehab?).

The students had a lot to say about the incident. I’m sharing their insights, along with some suggested teaching points, to use for a discussion with your kids about healthy confrontation, bystanders and authentic apologies.
What do you think of the way Taylor Swift handled the situation? Should she have stood up for herself? (True, she was probably shocked, but let’s assume she could have said something). Full story.

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