How The 2017 VMAs Took On Donald Trump

How the 2017 VMAs Took On Donald Trump

At the first VMAs since Donald Trump won the election, it was to be expected that the show, like most of its viewers, would not be able to avoid talking politics.

Even before the show started, the VMA’s decision to stop separating its awards in gendered categories and to invite transgender members of the military hinted at the tone of the show to come— and it didn’t disappoint. The ceremony was kicked off by Kendrick Lamar, of whom we’re used to seeing performances laced with political references. Lamar’s roster of dancers, all black men, climbed up a burning fence, while …

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