The MTV Movie Awards just aired this past week and it shouldn't be a total surprise in today's political climate and society, that stars used this award show platform to voice their political opinions. Long gone are the days of "sticking to entertainment" or the topic at hand. If you are in the public eye in any way or given any chance to speak publically, people take that opportunity to voice political concerns, make activist pleas, or troll another public figure they don't like (like POTUS Trump, who is the liberals favorite to bash).
So what happened here at the MTV Awards? One thing that happened was that actor Michael B. Jordan won "Best Villain" for his role of Erik Killmonger in the critically acclaimed popular blockbuster, "Black Panther" that came out earlier this year during Black History month. Jordan took the stage to accept his award and the first thing he said was a stab directed at Roseanne Barr. Specifially, "I am shocked that I won this award for Best Villain. I thought for sure Roseanne had that in the bag."
Take a listen...
The stars didn't stop there though. They had fun with the "Best Hero" category too. Chadwick Boseman was dubbed the winner for his portral of King T'Challa, also in the movie, Black Panther. Two of the presenters, Olivia Munn and Zazie Beetz, when coming out to present the award, stopped to first say: "We also want to give a shout-out to our real heroes," Munn said before giving Boseman the award. The presenters called out teachers, activists, fireman and first responders as some examples of real-life heroes, before adding -- in an unaired moment -- "and to that guy who fired Roseanne. That was nice."
Boseman himself, as seen above, actually gave his award to a real life hero, James Shaw Jr. (who was invited to the show and in the crowd), who was the man who stopped a gunman at a Waffle House in Tennessee. I personally think that was an admirable move on Boseman's part.
Clearly Roseanne Barr was a big target at the MTV Movie & TV Awards. If you don't know why it's due to her tweet within the last month that caused the cancellation of her show "Roseanne", where she said a very inappropriate racist comment about Valerie Jarrett, a political advisor to former President Obama.
One last memorable part of the MTV Awards that may not be entirely political but contain more of a spiritual, religious tone, is Chris Pratt's acceptance speech for receiving the "The Generation Award". He shared 9 rules for life and listed them:
- Breathe. If you don’t, you’ll suffocate.
- You have a soul. Be careful with it.
- Don’t be a turd. In this real world, it is illegal to slap people. Don’t take advantage of that fact. If you’re strong, be a protector, and if you’re smart, be a humble influencer. Strength and intelligence can be weapons, and do not wield them against the weak. That makes you a bully. Be bigger than that!
- When giving a dog medicine, put the medicine in a little piece of hamburger. They won’t even know they’re eating medicine.
- Doesn’t matter what it is, earn it. It feels good. Five bucks earned is better than 10 bucks given to you every time. If you feel like crap, look at your life: What do you have that you didn’t earn? Do something to earn it. A good deed, reach out to someone in pain, be of service; it feels good and it’s good for your soul.
- God is real, God loves you, God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do.
- If you have to poop at a party, but you’re embarrassed, because you’re going to stink up the bathroom, just do what I do: Lock the door, sit down, get all the pee out first, okay? And then, once all the pee’s done, poop, flush, boom. You minimize the amount of time that the poop is touching the air, because if you poop first, it take you longer to pee, then you’re peeing on top and it’s stirring it up, the poop particles create a cloud, goes out, and then everyone in the party will know that you pooped. Just trust me, it’s science.
- Learn to pray. It’s easy, and it’s so good for your soul. You just close your eyes, you list off people for which you are grateful, ask for protection for the people you love. You don’t ask God to help you win the big game or anything, just ask him for the strength to accept the outcome, no matter what. Pray. Don’t be embarrassed by it. You let people see you do it, it’s good for their soul, too.
Nobody is perfect. Nobody. None of us, not you. People are going to tell you you’re perfect just the way you are — you’re not! You are imperfect. You always will be. But, there is a powerful force that designed you that way. And it loves you, it accepts you for exactly who you are. It forgives you for your flaws no matter what they are. And if you’re willing to accept that, you will have grace. And grace is a gift. And like the freedom that we enjoy in this country, that grace was paid for with somebody else’s blood — do not forget it. Don’t take it for granted. It’s a gift for which none of us are worthy, so do your best to earn it. Just be kind, don’t be a bully, be of service, do not be a turd. God bless you, please get home safely.