Justin Vernon of Bon Iver has some shit he’s just gotta say about the VMAs. Specifically, that they suck, that rock ‘n’ roll is dead, that it’s all about the money-money-money (sorry, residual Jessie J shrapnel), that MTV–shocker alert–doesn’t play much music anymore and that in Bill Hicks’ words, we should all kill ourselves. (He didn’t mention that monologue specifically, but come on.)
Writer Matthew Perpetua’s already taken this down pretty well, but we’ve got a few things to add ourselves:
- LOVE ON MOTHERFUCKIN’ TOP. It’s pretty sad that Beyonce can build a musical career over more than one decade, turn in a pretty fantastic performance of one of 4‘s best songs, and while the Throne and Adele (who, naturally, gets called “real”) and freaking Bruno Mars get praised for their musicianship, Beyonce gets praised for her embryo.
- Bon Iver isn’t exactly an unknown outsider musician, toiling away unnoticed for, like, the art. He’s appeared on at least two major-label releases, one album of which (Watch the Throne) was showcased at the VMAs. The money trail leads back to him as well.
- Why are the lights so bright? DID JUSTIN VERNON GET HITCHED LAST NIGHT? Dressed up like Elvis? Why does this matter? Has Justin Vernon been to any concert in the past few centuries?
- Money is part of the music business. That is why it’s called the music business. Money is part of every business. And most people can tell you that it’s very difficult to “DO music” or anything else when one isn’t being paid for it. But then, Justin Vernon probably got paid pretty nicely for that “Monster” verse, right?