Robin Williams' VMA "Tribute" Was a Slap in the Face

8/25/2014 6:45 AM PDT, by
The only thing that was more uncomfortable than watching Miley Cyrus seem to fake her way through proud and sad tears at last night's VMAs was the half-cocked "tribute" video concocted in the late Robin Williams' honor.

The video, a montage comprised of a few paltry photos and set to Coldplay's "A Sky Full of Stars," went unintroduced without any fanfare, was abbreviated, and after it concluded, the networks immediately cut to commercial. 

The tribute seemed out of place -- even considering the fact that it was aired the MTV Video Music Awards -- but what's even more confusing is that the Michael Brown case was addressed to a much more detailed extent ... and rapper Common actually led a moment of silence in memoriam of what happened in Ferguson after giving this speech: 

"For the past two weeks, the eyes of the nation have been on Ferguson, Missouri. The people in Ferguson and St. Louis and communities across the country have used their voices to call for justice and change. To let everyone know that each and every one of our lives matters. Hip hop has always been about truth and has been a powerful instrument of social change from Melle Mel to Public Enemy to Kendrick Lamar. Hip hop has always presented a voice for the revolution. I want us all to take a moment of silence for Mike Brown and for peace in this country and in the world." 

This important, social catalyst event was addressed, but yet no suicide prevention hotline was announced before or after Robin's "tribute"; hip hop being about the "truth" was addressed and an urge for major change was summoned, yet no depression and anxiety PSAs were run. 

Nobody's saying that Ferguson and the horrific events that have unfolded over the last few weeks is unimportant -- but suicide, anxiety, and depression are often the roots of any violent acts.

If either of these events were actually relevant to the MTV Video Music Awards at all -- then both should have been equally addressed rather than addressed in a vague way -- a way that raised zero awareness to the depression and suicide of a man whose suffering outwardly knew no bounds.
 
 
Filed Under:  Robin Williams , Michael Brown , Photos

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Shell
22 days ago

Ok - Yes Robin Williams was loved by many and it was heartbreaking to hear of his departure. I feel the reason Michael Brown's death was addressed more because it was an unjustified act on behalf of the law - On the other hand Robin "took" his life. His life was not taken from him at such a young age. I mean are people upset because they didn't give him a moment of silence at a music award?? they gave the moment of silence on broadway - turning off the lights. There is no comparison of the two - so don't try to make it one.

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Kim
22 days ago

They acknowledged the passing of Robin Williams and they didn't to do anything else . This is MTV Robin Williams was an actor after all. Robin Williams legacy will be talked about on many awards shows to follow I am sure. How you can compare the two is crazy. This young man was murdered by a policeman and was talked about by the musicians{cause they can see themselves in that youngman) not by MTV itself. Fine something else to complain about.

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DCSFINEST
22 days ago

The VMA's are the VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS. Robin Williams was an actor, NOT a musician. The VMA's was NOT an appropriate place for a memoriam.

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stef
22 days ago

Robin Williams had nothing to do with MTV. They did more than enough by showing his picture last night.

Didn't you say a mere 24 hours ago we were supposed to let this man rest in peace, yet here you are, still cackling about him.

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bob
22 days ago

LET IT GO, for god's sake!

Maybe the reason they didn't do more than that (aside from the fact that, as those before me have noted, the thing in MO is more on the radar screen of those involved with the VMAs than is or was Robin Williams) is that it's been a couple of week since he killed himself.

Despite the fact that this site seems to be obsessed with coming to closure with the issue in public, most people at this point have accepted what happened, processed it - and moved on.

Some of his own family members are making less of a public spectacle of mourning his passing than are you folks, who have absolutely no personal connection to the guy.

If you won't stop this for the sake of not looking like a couple of imbeciles, stop it out of respect for the guy himself.

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Mark
22 days ago

Considering Robin Williams has NO IMMEDIATE connection to the general demographic of the VMAs, the fact that they had any mention at all was wonderful. And while no one can claim on tragedy is worse than the other there are far more people who are watching the VMAs that are affected by the senseless shooting of a kid than they are about the suicide of a man. I think the author of this story is putting too much personal feelings into it. Should they have put up a suicide prevention PSA after? Maybe. But then again, you have Common calling for a moment of silence during a show where most of the mails are acting as minstrals.

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Stevi
22 days ago

HELLO AND THANK YOU @ SHELL
!!

Ok - Yes Robin Williams was loved by many and it was heartbreaking to hear of his departure. I feel the reason Michael Brown's death was addressed more because it was an unjustified act on behalf of the law - On the other hand Robin "took" his life. His life was not taken from him at such a young age. I mean are people upset because they didn't give him a moment of silence at a music award?? they gave the moment of silence on broadway - turning off the lights. There is no comparison of the two - so don't try to make it one.

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nilescaldwell
22 days ago

Robins memorial was tasteless. Robin was one of a kind, he will be missed. I find the memoraliztion of Michael Brown repulsive. Glamorizing a criminal is just wrong on so many levels. This is a horrible example for other young kids. Let's face it we still don't have all the facts but one fact stands out. If he didn't break the law, if he didn't blatantly defy a police officer, he'd be alive today. His cocky attitude and feeling that he was invincible and above the rest got him killed. When are we as Americans going to take responsiblity for OUR own actions. We're always trying to place the blame on someone else.

Mr. Slappy
22 days ago

"...a way that raised zero awareness to the depression and suicide of a man whose suffering outwardly knew no bounds." Sarah, you are a horrendous writer." Do you know what "outwardly" means? How about "inwardly"? "Knew no bounds..." What are you yammering on about? You should be fired.

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Mr. Slappy
22 days ago

"...a way that raised zero awareness to the depression and suicide of a man whose suffering outwardly knew no bounds." Sarah, you are a horrendous writer." Do you know what "outwardly" means? How about "inwardly"? "Knew no bounds..." What are you yammering on about? You should be fired.

Nom
22 days ago

Yeah it made me sick. Here you have someone that actually contributed to society and had issues in Robin, then a thug getting celebrated simply because he was black.

Let's celebrate a criminal and diss an icon, makes total sense.

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Missy
22 days ago

This cannot be a serious article. While we are all saddened by the passing of Robin Williams it's a Music Award show- tonight the Emmys will do a full out tribute to Mr. Williams (which is the audience which he gave his great talent). This is the second time this site has tried to minimize what happened in Ferguson and it's actually disgusting that you've chosen to allow yourself to be this bigoted online. As someone whose been through depression and known individuals who have committed suicide I was not offended by how they honored Mr.William (no matter how short). But it's a shame that you've chosen to try and minimize the murder of an 18-yr old in order to bring up the tragic death of a celebrity. Also, knowing what type of artist Common is I'm pretty sure it was his choice to make his portion about Ferguson- yes I know that MTV had to have approved it. What's happening in Ferguson is shining a light on just how far we have to go as a country and I want to thank you for adding your clear idiocy to the mounting evidence that we are still struggling with a whole lot of hatred. Do Better!

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Jeffery hanks
22 days ago

Robin Williams was old, and lived his life. He chose not want to continue his life. Why should we care about his life, if he doesn't? Robin Williams tribute was perfect as it was.

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Mike
22 days ago

Sarah, get off it. Robin Williams didn't even deserve what they gave him. He was weak and selfishly ended his life, hurting all those around him. If he didn't care enough about his life to keep living it, why the hell should anybody else care about it? We shouldn't.

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Sirays
22 days ago

this is rap whoops I mean music tv awards. Of course it is going to be anti police, pro gangsta. Its not even taken seriously other than by rap fans

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lifeisprecious
22 days ago

Because the Michael Brown case is a complex, racial incident is the reason it got more attention than Robin Williams death. Protests, National Guard, police brutality didn't accompany Robin William's suicide. It was shocking and surprising, but it wasn't followed by violence and controversy the way Mike Brown's murder was. The tribute to Robin during tonight's Emmy Awards will be much longer and more heartfelt I'm sure. Common sense is not rocket science.

holland
22 days ago

what the fuck is wrong with niggers in america??!!

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Andre
22 days ago

He killed himself, I personally do not respect that type of person.

James
22 days ago

Sarah Taylor, you are so ignorant that it's disgusting. What sane person would compare the two? The difference is Robin Williams did not have his life taken away from him or have his rights violated.

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