Garbage's Shirley Manson criticizes Kanye West's for his "rude" words concerning Beck's Album Of The Year win at the Grammys.
It almost looked as if Kanye West was going to win America back at last Sunday's Grammys. A Beatles co-sign, and a song about his daughter, sung from the perspective of his late mother, seemed to be a sure bet to grab the hearts of the audience he lost with his VMA interruption years back. Toward the end of the show, he even riffed on that moment, poking fun at himself by approaching the stage when Beyonce lost album of the year to Beck, only to grin and turn back to his seat.
It was only after the show that Kanye revealed his fake mic grab was a little less light-hearted than it seemed, insisting that Beck needs to "respect artistry", and should have given the award to Beyonce.
Now, people are angry once again. The thinkpieces and open letters are upon us.
Shirley Manson, known for her work with the band Garbage, was inspired enough to scold West in such a letter, describing his actions as "petty" and "spoilt" (she's Scottish, they spell stuff weirdly).
While she maintains respect for Ye's talent, she compares his outburst to that of a child, telling him to "stop throwing his toys around", before calling him a "complete twat" (again, Scottish).
Read the full letter below. Do you think Kanye was in the wrong?
Dear Kanye West
It is YOU who is so busy disrespecting artistry.
You disrespect your own remarkable talents and more importantly you disrespect the talent, hard work and tenacity of all artists when you go so rudely and savagely after such an accomplished and humble artist like BECK.
You make yourself look small and petty and spoilt.
In attempting to reduce the importance of one great talent over another, you make a mockery of all musicians and music from every genre, including your own.
Grow up and stop throwing your toys around.
You are making yourself look like a complete twat.
Ps.I am pretty certain Beyonce doesn't need you fighting any battles on her account. Seems like she's got everything covered perfectly well on her own.