For most of the 135 million Americans who describe themselves as musicians, a year without an invitation to the MTV Video Music Awards is another chance to fire up the bong, break out the bongos, and watch the spectacle on TV while commenting on how all of the award winners are sellouts. But every once in a while, a snubbed artist shows a bit of flair.
The best stunt at this year's VMAs didn't involve two plastic girls pressing their collagened lips together on-stage. It took place outside, where rapper Mos Def - better known as "the guy who played the 'Scared Black Man' role in 16 Blocks" - pulled up uninvited in a flatbed truck and began to throw his own concert outside.
This understandably upset MTV, which would be in a very precarious position with its 12-year-old target audience if any old rapper could waltz in and give a show without first drinking the mandatory MTV bling-laced Kool Aid.
When Mos Def launched into his anti-Bush anthem Katrina Clap, he was quickly hauled off by the cops.
Pure political oppression! And, well, unauthorized use of a public sound system without a permit. Fight the power!
Mos Def knew he would be arrested for the stunt, but he was savvy for doing it anyway. His publicist immediately vowed to put a video of the "unjust" arrest on the Internet for the world to see. Next year, MTV will surely invite him inside.
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