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Pink Was The Unsung Hero Of The Infamous 2009 Taylor Swift/Kanye West VMAs Scandal

No 'Trouble,' just 'F**kin' Perfect'.

Has it been 10 years since the glorious year that was 2009? Man, those were simpler times. Indie rock was on a high, Short Stack were a thing and Tarantino was obsessed with WWII. But all that was overshadowed by one event that continues to reverberate today: the infamous Taylor Swift/Kanye West VMAs scandal.

What Kanye did was a bit of a dick move but no one could’ve predicted that it would be one of the defining moments of the 2000s. Hell, not only are we still talking about it today but the fallout is still hanging over both Tay Tay and Kanye (to the benefit of both their careers, let’s be honest).

Since we’re closing on the 10th anniversary of Kanye’s infamous “Imma let you finish” moment, Billboard decided to dive deep into the aftermath of the incident and boy did they unearth some tasty behind-the-scenes gems we never heard before.

Yes, you’ll need popcorn.

Beyoncé apparently cried backstage afterwards out of embarrassment and sympathy for Tay Tay, Kanye was apparently wasted on Hennessy whiskey the whole time, and the redemptive moment where Queen Bey gave Taylor the stage to make her interrupted speech was all hastily put together at the last minute by the producers.

But the biggest revelation was the role Pink played in the scandal and how she basically tore Kanye a new arsehole.

According to former MTV News correspondent James Montgomery, Pink “walked up” to Kanye after the commercial break and “got in his face.” While he couldn’t hear what was said, Pink was apparently “pointing in his face and nodding her head back and forth, and giving him her two cents about how f***ed up this was and then stormed off.”

We may never know what exactly was said that night but we can hazard a guess based on this tweet from Pink shortly after the event.

The whole 2009 VMAs oral history by Billboard is worth a look beyond the Pink/Tay Tay/Kanye stuff because its filled with how tasty anecdotes on how the incident played out backstage and how networks desperately tried to get the same lightning in a bottle moment again but failed to do so.

Still, the biggest take away from the whole thing is Pink being a certified badarse.

The 2009 VMAs may be a night Taylor Swift and Kanye West will never ever forget, but Pink turned out to be the unsung hero of the whole thing because she got the party started by going up to Kanye and said what we all wanted to say after infamous moment unfold before our very eyes.

This German Town Will Give You $1M If Conspiracy Theorists Can Prove It Doesn't Exist

Sorry, "alleged" German town.

Here’s a question to all those conspiracy theorists out there: does the German town of Bielefeld exist?

The maps and evidence suggests yes but Germans know the real truth: it doesn’t exist because it’s all a big conspiracy, don’t believe what anyone says about Bielefeld! Fake news!

Sorry, got a bit excited there.

Anyway, having dealt with people doubting Bielefeld’s existence for nearly three decades, officials are now taking some big steps to prove once and for all that their beloved town is real goddamn it.

According to AP News, officials are legit offering 1 million euros (about $1.6 million dollarydoos) to anyone who can deliver solid, incontrovertible proof of the German town’s non-existence.

Sorry, alleged German town.

It doesn’t exist, it can’t exist…

This whole conspiracy thing began way back in 1993 when some German computer science student by the name of Achim Held met someone from Bielefeld, which is allegedly located about 330km west of Berlin, and he apparently said “Das gibt’s doch gar nicht“, which translates literally to “that doesn’t exist.”

After accidentally implying Bielefled doesn’t exist (which it doesn’t), this little joke quickly spread like wildfire throughout the German internet community and has remained popular even today.

The conspiracy theory consists of three questions:

  1. Do you know anybody from Bielefeld?
  2. Have you ever been to Bielefeld?
  3. Do you know anybody who has ever been to Bielefeld?

Most people are expected to answer no to those questions and anyone who answers yes is immediately labeled as being in on the conspiracy.

What makes this whole joke so amusingly convincing is the town’s lack of notable features, institutions or tourist attractions, nor has it done anything ridiculous to draw in attention, like fighting off the far-right using beer.

If you look up “nondescript” in the dictionary, you’d find, well, the definition of “nondescript”. What did you expect, a photo of “Bielefeld”? Don’t be ridiculous.

Credit to Bielefeld officials for playing along with the joke. Not only does the mayor’s office still get calls and emails doubting the town’s existence, officials have used the conspiracy to build publicity for the town, such as releasing a “Bielefeld does exist!” press statement on April Fool’s Day in 1999.

Hell, even Angela Merkel cast shade on the German town in 2012 when she talked about attending a town hall meeting in Bielefeld before adding in a cheeky “if it exists at all,” and “I had the impression that I was there.”

Having said all that, there’s just one slight problem with this generous 1 million euros offer from Bielefeld officials: how can a town that doesn’t exist offer us the prize?

Huh. Getting this prize may be harder than expected.

People Think You're An Insecure, Narcissistic Jerk If You Post Heaps Of Selfies

Maybe hold off on posting that selfie.

Are you the person who simply has to post a couple of selfies every day? Do you lose sleep over the number of Instagram likes your selfies get?

If you fit that basic profile, congratulations because people will think you’re an insecure, unlikable, unsuccessful jerk who is close-minded towards new experiences and in desperate need of validation from strangers!

Well done!

According to a study in the Journal of Research in Personality by Washington State University psychologists, there are certain types of photos will cause others to make knee-jerk judgments on the owner’s personality.

Using 30 of the most recent Instagram pics from 30 students, 119 people were asked to rate these photos on 13 attributes like self-esteem, success and self-absorption. The results showed that those who posted more “posies” – pic where people posed – were seen as having more self-esteem, more adventurous, less lonely, more successful and more dependable.

For those who posted more selfies, well, it was the complete opposite to all those positive posie traits. So maybe hold off on posting that selfie for a bit.

You narcissistic, insecure, unsuccessful jerk.

Okay firstly, who on earth came up with the word “posie?” We already have a word for that – it’s called a “photo.”

Secondly, the researchers say this study merely scratches the surface of this particular topic but they think people think negatively of selfie takers because it makes the owners seem strange and unnatural compared to a regular photo.

And lastly, the study did point out that while people viewed selfie-lovers as close-minded, insecure, unlikable and unsuccessful, those traits aren’t necessarily indicative of the poster’s actual personality.

So while someone may seem like they’re a jerk in their selfies, it doesn’t mean they are.

Except for this guy.

Having said all that, don’t let this study deter you from taking selfies. If you’re comfortable in your own skin and have the confidence to take photos of yourself while on a public train, then kudos to you because who cares if strangers incorrectly think you’re someone who’s close-minded, insecure and unlikable.

But if you’re a selfie-pushing Instagram influencer who is indeed a close-minded, insecure and unlikable individual, you’re are getting unfollowed and blocked.

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