It didn’t take long before the MTV Video Music Awards veered off in a political direction where President Trump and the racial violence of Charlottesville came up.
Katy Perry delivered this year’s opening monologue, and she asked the audience about how people were coping with “all of the problems in the world.” Perry didn’t bring up Trump by name, but her intro included an allusion to the dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, and a newspaper with the headline: “The World is on Fire.”
Perry eventually talked about how music is a uniting force in the face of “the apocalypse” before introducing model/singer Paris Jackson to present the 2017 Best Pop Video award. Jackson took things up a notch by making some very obvious digs at Trump before ripping into white supremacists.
“We must 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! We must resist!”
Watch above, via MTV.
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