VMAs 2014: Kevin McHale Calls Robin Williams Tribute “Offensive”
There may have been many well-crafted moments from the 2014 VMAs (Beyonce! Dancing Blue Ivy!) but according to Glee star Kevin McHale (Artie), the award show’s tribute to the late Robin Williams wasn’t one of them.
As the awards were airing from Los Angeles on Sunday, August 24, Kevin tweeted, “That Robin Williams tribute was offensive. #VMA2014.” The “tribute” for Robin consisted of a handful of pictures of the actor shown while Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars” played in the background and then lead into a commercial break.
While we respect that the VMAs made an effort to honor Robin — who committed suicide earlier this month — we have to agree with Kevin that the tribute was lackluster at best. Though Robin may have been a bit outside the VMAs demo, he was still a legendary performer respected and revered by many millennials and we, like Kevin, think he deserved more than a brief segment that, at best, felt like an afterthought.
When Robin passed away on August 11, nearly everyone in the Glee cast reflected on his impressive career and what he meant to them. Kevin tweeted, “Can not believe this news. Robin Williams was such an immense talent, comedic & dramatic. We lost a legend today. Just shocked.” The 28-year-old later added, “Haven't seen this kind of outpouring since MJ. Tremendous man, that Robin. Adored him. So much class & genius.”
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