Celebrity Behavior Out of Control: Williams and West UnPlugged

Did you see these recent celebrity outbursts?

First, Serena Williams on the court of of the US Open showing one of the worst displays of poor sportsmanship ever displayed by an elite athlete in a very, very long time:

Second, Kanye West at last night’s VMA awards attempting to steal Taylor Swift’s thunder (only to have it backfire the entire evening):

William’s refuses to apologize, making matters much worse for her.  She was fined $10,000 but has not apologized for her behavior. Elite athlete or not, she has to play by the same rules as every one else, especially in the arena of sportsmanship and decorum. If nothing else, just as a role model, would she want a young tennis player to behave as she did and not be remoreseful for it? Clearly the loss of money didn’t leave enough of an impression on Williams. Perhaps a stiffer penalty, not playing in the next high profile match or being banned from the game she loves, is the only way to teach her that everyone, including her, must play by the same rules.

West later did apologize, but likely to save face as he was asked to leave the hall and received huge backlash from the audience in and out of the theatre who made it clear they disaproved of his continued poor behavior.

As the Guardian pointed out,

“It’s not the first time West has rushed the stage at an awards ceremony to protest over an award’s recipient. During the MTV Europe Music awards in 2006, the rapper lost it after Justice v Simian’s We Are Your Friends scooped best video instead of his own Touch the Sky. Just as he did last night, West grabbed the mic and said: “Oh hell no, you guys already won. This video cost a million dollars and Pamela Anderson was in it.””
It wasn’t clear during the show whether West was asked to leave but we hoped he had been. His past behavior had not gone unnoticed in my family and what he did to Taylor Swift was unexcusable, in very poor taste and such a statement of his continued in ability to understand the spirit of these awared shows that he has no business being part of them any more.

It’s important that our kids understand that even celebrities, with their money, glitz and glam, need to be held to the same standards as everyone else.

My hat goes off to Beyonce who gave up her own moment in the spotlight last night to regroup from the debacle West created. That’s true class. In case you missed it, Beyonce accepted her award by saying:

“This is amazing. I remember being 17-years-old, up for my first MTV award with Destiny’s Child and it was one of the most exciting moments of my life, so I would like for Taylor to come out and have her moment.”

If only everyone could have such grace and class!

Keep in mind that we control two important things that all celebrities need in their lives: the TV remote control and our wallets. These folks owe us more than many of them give and it’s time we remind them of that by pulling the plug on their fame and fortune when they don’t act they way they should. So, remind your kids that it’s never ok to behave as these folks do and that other role models are better ones to have. In other words, take Serena Williams and Kanye West off the A list…time to move on.