Open Thread: Television Overload

Discuss among yourselves:

* Kayne West snatching Taylor Swift’s microphone at the VMAs and announcing that Beyonce should have won for “Single Ladies.” (To her credit, Bey did her best to rectify the situation when it was her turn at the mic.)

The rapper stormed the stage just after the first award, for Best Female Video, was presented to Taylor Swift. He cut the teen singer off, grabbing the mic and protesting in support of Beyoncé.

“I’m sorry, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time,” he proclaimed as B looked on from the crowd, stunned.

* Serena Williams cursed out a sporting official at the US Open.  Most reports confirm that the call was bad – however, Serena was fined and penalized for taking it to a whole other level:

That being said, it’s no excuse for Serena to berate an official. Wrong as the official may have been, there’s a line that to be crossed and Serena did it pretty early on in her diatribe by saying, “I’m going to shove this ball down your f—— throat”.

It got worse from there. There were multiple profanities, more threats and a lot of pointing. Serena was soon defending herself against accusations that she had threatened to kill the lines judge. Even John McEnroe said it was a bit much.

* Mad Men creeping toward discussing race. (Still no decent lines for us darkies.)  The black man sitting with Betty’s mother.  The forced conversation Pete had with Hollis is the elevator. (Don Draper, he is not.)  The introduction of the Negro market.  The remarkable similarities between how they treated the Negro market in the 60s and how it is handled today. (Big hint: racism trumps profit. Still.) Carla visting family (or not).

*True Blood, in general. Why did they have Eggs pop out the woods like a fugitive slave?

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