Summing Up the 2012 VMAs In One Awkward Photo

By the time you finish this sentence, the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards will have been over for more than 12 hours (unless they're still killing you with that damn endless loop). Your brain will have turned to mush, your Twitter and dFacebook timelines slowly rebuilding themselves from ash and your common thoughts all swelling around the same topic - "Damn, this was really short."

However, I have ADD. Or I'd like to say I have ADD to score writer points whenever I tell stories. Case in point, I fast-forwarded through almost every single performance last night and became fixated with this picture. Not that you cared about who actually won awards because, well it's MTV and the entire thing is an oxymoron to your brain cells. Let's move on.

Our subject class is Drake, Canadian-born swooner clutching a moon man for Best Hip-Hop Video for Take Care's "HYFR". There's nothing wrong with "HYFR," it's probably the most lucid Lil Wayne verse we may hear in the next 12 months (yes, that was a 14-word review of Dedication 4). It features maybe the most adorable Drake .gif of all time, with him as a kid dancing around at his own Bar Mitzvah. If we were ranking Drake .gifs, it'd would land in the Hall of Fame right along this Tumblr page.

But this photo sums up everything about the VMAs, at least the 2012 version.

To the far left would be Mack Maine. No, he isn't a weed carrier but he darn sure looks like the adult version of Black Bart Simpson here. His importance these days is to be a part of every YMCMB award acceptance. And I mean every one. Say your kid wore a YMCMB shirt to his fifth-grade award ceremony, Mack Maine's there too.

Little Tommy won a Little League trophy and yelled "YOLO" to the point where it got mainstream acceptance? Mack Maine's photobombing your moment. The jury is still out on whether or not Miley Cyrus called him after he gave her a 3-year-window.

Behind Black Bart Simpson is a guy named Opie. Why is he here? Because he was in the video. He may have been the guy helping toss Drake in the air for all I know. He'd be more distinct if he didn't seem like an extra from Breaking Bad. Or skinny Action Bronson. He's key here, barely moving and enjoying himself like the faux-Unabomber that he is. Splendid.

Next to him is Nicki Minaj. She'll play an important role in the death of "wholesome" Alicia Keys later on by actually being great but here she seems like a prop. A shapely, ready-to-spaz-out-at any-moment prop. And also vote Republican even when she isn't registered to do so.

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Robert Medlin
Robert Medlin

I was saying to a friend how I can't believe it's been 20 years since it was Nirvana vs. Everyone else backstage @ the vma's, and Kris hit himself in the head throwing his bass in the air & Kurt kicked him in the rear. And who's idea was it to put it directly opposite the president's speech! What happened to choose or lose!?


If that photo is what passes for a rap crew in 2012, then I don't want to live in this world anymore.


*weeps openly over 1995 Death Row cover of Vibe magazine*

craig.hlavaty moderator

 @KING My brother was right. Nicki Minaj does look like Dr. Rockso.

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