Sunday night at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards became political when attendees heard rapper YG’s song “FDT” (Fuck [President] Donald Trump) played inside the arena.
It didn’t happen during the part of the show that was broadcast, but during the commercial break at the annual music award show held in Inglewood, California. Rapper YG–whose real name is Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson–retweeted several journalist who caught the off-camera moment. (RELATED: Things Get Political Right From The Start With Katy Perry, Paris Jackson At MTV VMAs)
— Brian A. Hernandez (@BAHjournalist) August 28, 2017
A song apparently called “Fuck Donald Trump” is playing during the commercial break at the VMAs. pic.twitter.com/u5drfEzwEh
— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) August 28, 2017
It was the only time the president’s name was mentioned at the ceremony. However, host Katy Perry and outspoken Hillary Clinton supporter made comments about the state of things in the world in her opening monologue saying, that “The World Is On Fire.” Later, she mentioned that voting for the “Best New Artist” category was the only “election where the popular vote actually matters.”
Paris Jackson encouraged the audience to unite together and send a message of “zero tolerance” to “Nazi white supremacist jerks in Charlottesville and all over the country.”
“If we were to all stand up, united, as one, our impact, it would be, huge. Believe me… huge and that’s not fake news,” Jackson explained. “So, let’s leave here tonight remembering that we must show these nazi white supremacist jerks in Charlottesville and all over the country that as a nation with liberty as our slogan, we have zero tolerance for their violence, their hatred, and their discrimination!”