The VMAs typically push the envelope for entertainment each year. Whether that means putting on an unforgettable musical performance or walking around half naked all night (we see you, Gaga), many of the show's events are some of the most talked about moments of the year.
One of the many noteworthy moments at this year’s VMAs involved rapper A$AP Rocky and recently ‘out’ NBA star Jason Collins. The two introduced Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ performance “Same Love” – which handles the subject matter of gay marriage. During the intro, Rocky stood at an awkward distance from Collins as the basketball player delivered a heartfelt speech about equality for all. A$AP’s facial expressions during the speech appeared to be mocking as he uncomfortably shifted and tried to hold back an embarrassed smile. A$AP even plugged his album during the tender moment, which seemed inappropriate at the time.
Their interaction sparked outrage of all kinds on the internet.
“I’m mad that my facial expressions was like that because I’m not homophobic at all, and that whole thing just came off real homophobic,” said Rocky. “I didn’t really notice it until I got home and saw it. I apologize to Jason for that, because people was laughing and sh*t, and you know… I really don’t think that’s funny. I saw they were making all the memes and pictures and making fun of him. There’s people out there that think I was doing that to be funny, and truthfully I got gay people in my family.
Despite this being an apology, it still seems like A$AP is uncomfortable with the fact that he was paired up with a gay man. His statement ended with:
“I don’t give a f**k if you gay or you not, I just found it odd that MTV wanted to stand me next to this ni**a when they are talking about gay people, that’s all. You know what I’m saying?”
This is not the only controversy A$AP is currently caught up in. He got charged with assault at this year's Made in America Festival.