Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Kanye West apologizes: Time to forgive

Tonight, West gave a genuine and heartfelt apology on Jay Leno for his actions re: the Taylor Swift incident at the MTV Video Music Awards. For those who missed the incident, you can read and view it here: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1621389/20090913/west_kanye.jhtml . Its worth noting separately that later in the VMAs when Beyonce won "Video of the Year" for "Single Ladies", she graciously called Swift up on stage to share in her moment.

I was very impressed with the sincerity with which West spoke. At one point he almost reached tears as Leno asked him what his mom would say about it. It's time for everyone to forgive a good person who means well who made a mistake.

This public televised apology followed upon the heels of his blogged apology in which he wrote, "I'M SOOOOO SORRY TO TAYLOR SWIFT AND HER FANS AND HER MOM. I SPOKE TO HER MOTHER RIGHT AFTER AND SHE SAID THE SAME THING MY MOTHER WOULD'VE SAID. SHE IS VERY TALENTED!"

He made a mistake out of adoration for a fellow artist and friend, Beyonce, not to ruin the moment for Swift. The damage, admittedly, was done. As Jane Austen wrote in Pride and Prejudice, "Without scheming to do wrong, or to make others unhappy, there may be error and there may be misery. Thoughtlessness, want of attention to other people's feelings, and want of resolution, will do the business."

And for this reason, an apology was needed. West apologized. It is time for the rest of us to forgive. Life is too short to be pissed off all the time. [American History X] The Bible says to forgive your enemies and those who trespass against you. Its doubtful many of us have room to judge another for thoughtlessly doing something that resulted in the unintentional hurt of another.

West is a good man who tries to do good things and say what he believes and he isnt above admitting a mistake and apologizinig. Time for the rest of us to move on.

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