Wikipedia defines the ‘Public Sphere’ as ‘an area in social life where individuals can come together to freely discuss and identify societal problems, and through that discussion influence political action‘.
The media is a place full of controversial and ‘newsworthy’ content, and thanks to the Internet and technological advancements people can share their thoughts and ideologies about a certain aspect of media material with one another, often sparking debate within the Public Sphere.
In 2009, Taylor Swift accepted the award for Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards. Miss Swift graced the stage to retrieve her award when during her very thankful and humble words to her fans, Kanye West, the ruthless and well-known ‘drama king’ of Hollywood interrupted the starlet. West carried on stating that in fact, Beyoncé had ‘one of the best videos of all time’.
The incident caused an outburst of online drama and endless hate toward the rap superstar. Fans, as well as celebrities, rose to Swift’s side, defending her right of winning the award as well as sharing a mutual dislike for Kanye West and his almost “bratty” behaviour.
In response to West’s interruption, Taylor Swift wrote a song, titled ‘Innocent’ in which she sings the lines ’32 and still growing up, now. Who you are is not what you did…’, indicating her ideas of West’s actions.
Here are some celebrity tweets regarding Kanye’s scene-stealing moment:
- Katy Perry: “F*** you Kanye. It’s like [you] stepped on a kitten.”
- P. Diddy: “I’m gonna say this, we should always have respect for each other! End of discussion.”
- Elizabeth Banks: “I actually teared up on behalf of that tall Taylor Swift. She’s a kid living her dream! She looked like a beanstalk to Kanye’s mushroom.”
- Spencer Pratt: “Taylor Swift deserved that award, damnit. It is what THE PEOPLE voted! My heart broke for her, she looked so sad at the end of that moment.”
Love Beth x