Paris Jackson got the 2017 MTV VMAs crowd riled up, not with a performance but with an impassioned plea to fans during the presentation for Best Pop Video.
Taking the stage to present the first award of the ceremony, Jackson told fans how important it is to work together. “If we were all to put our voices together, can you imagine the difference we would make? If we were to stand up all united as one, our impact, it would be ‘yuge,'” she said, imitating President Donald Trump on the last word.
What followed was a little heavier than what the audience may have been expecting from the usually lighthearted VMAs. “So, let’s leave here tonight, and show these Nazi, white supremacist jerks in Charlottesville, and all over the country, that as a nation with ‘liberty’ as our slogan, we have zero tolerance for their violence, their hatred, and their discrimination,” she continued. “We must RESIST!”
With fans cheering her on, Jackson did a 180 to then announce the nominations for the Best Pop Video. (Fifth Harmony won the Moon Person.) Her words lingered, though: Fan reactions to the speech showed that she definitely struck a nerve (in a good way).
Viewers may not have expected a plea for youth to get organized, get active, and work together for the greater good, but they got one. And on a night that’s usually more about partying than politics, she truly surprised.
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