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Kanye West Dominates Twitter Mentions During VMAs

Many highly publicised moments came out of this year's VMA Awards on Sunday night, from Nicki Minaj's attack on Miley Cyrus through to Kanye West's expectedly uncomfortable acceptance speech for the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. The night was the most tweeted about VMA event on record, with a lot of the comments being made in reaction to West's somewhat surprising announcement.

In a move that I sincerely hope is a joke, but fear otherwise, Kanye stated his intent to run for US President in 2020, prompting a flurry of hashtags and viral memes in the process. Starting out with some simple self-deprecating humour regarding the first, now infamous, night that he met Taylor Swift on stage, the speech got more and more awkward as it went on. Kanye soon launched into an assault on MTV and award shows in general, stating that he 'still doesn't understand award shows', which, to be honest Kanye, most of us have figured out by this point.

Moving on from insulting the very institution that had chosen to honour his work that night, Kanye attempted to turn his speech into some kind of inspirational rant, passionately discussing the need for new ideas and a never say die attitude.

It’s not about me. It’s about ideas. New ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth

Although Kanye's speech up to this point, while somewhat ridiculous, had been hiding the occasional rational comment, it was here that he lost me completely with a single closing statement:

And yes, as you probably could’ve guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.

Now, say what you like about his musical talent, but President Kanye West? Really? I give up.

The social media reaction, however, was priceless. Following the announcement, the speech garnered 547,525 tweets in a single minute. Soon after, Twitter was flooded with an endless stream of comments and memes spread under the hashtags #KanyeForPresident, #KanyeWestForPresident and #Kanye2020, to name but a few. Even Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian got in on the act via Instagram! We have included some favourites for your enjoyment below:

A photo posted by King Kylie (@kyliejenner) on

A photo posted by Khloé (@khloekardashian) on

 Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. Currently working as Editor of Social Songbird, he hopes to one day drop that 'aspiring' prefix. Follow him @SamAtSMF

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Kanye West Dominates Twitter Mentions During VMAs Reviewed by Unknown on Tuesday, September 01, 2015 Rating: 5

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