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Class Act

Posted by Bruce Hildenbrand Sep 15, 2009

Regardless of the fact that things are a bit slow at the Vuelta, there are some incidents that transcend cycling and sports in general. One such incident happened this past Sunday night at the MTV Video Music Awards(VMAs). While many of our sports and entertainment stars decry that they do not want to be role models for our young children and teens, the fact is that their behavior does have an impact. Being center stage at the VMAs puts an entertainer's actions in about as big a spotlight as you can get with an estimated 27 million viewers worldwide.

 

The incident in question didn't happen when Taylor Swift was awarded the VMA for "Best Female Video". It was her first ever VMA and during her acceptance speech Kanye West came onto the stage, took the microphone out of her hand and pronounced that Beyonce should have won the award. It was, to say the least, a very poor move on West's part.

 

The incident I wanted to comment on, happened later in the show when Beyonce was accepting the award for "Best Video". Instead of giving her acceptance speech she told the audience about her first ever VMA win when she was a 17-year old member of Destiny's Child and how much that award meant to her. Beyonce than asked Taylor to come up on the stage and gave Swift the microphone so she could give her acceptance speech.

 

You don't have to be a Beyonce fan to recognize class and a class act. In the athletic world we would call it a great sign of sportsmanship. Clearly, there are  some very good examples in the sporting world as well. Hopefully, this type of behavior is contagious.

 

Bruce

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