As an institution, the VMAs are pointless. No one cares who wins, and despite the fact that they ostensibly honor music videos, the awards are not given to directors and are instead to the artists. The event is pure spectacle, a vestigial half-spleen of a telecast meant to remind us of a bygone era when MTV actually aired music videos. The VMAs are an extended Super Bowl halftime show, a glorified celebrity pro wrestling event for those of us too good, or too poor, to pay the $40 or whatever for a WrestleMania Pay-Per-View. The VMAs are decadent and depraved, and like everything else on MTV, are actively bad for humanity.
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