MTV is dumb, but not THIS dumb and has confirmed that the posters are fake. The VMA’s are this Sunday at the Barclays Center.
— MTV Communications (@MTVPress) August 17, 2013
A host of controversial new street posters have popped up in Brooklyn, featuring the logo of the MTV Video Music Awards beneath a mashup of racy Kanye West lyrics and drawings of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman.
The hand-drawn-style posters, which features the MTV Video Music Awards logo next to a hash tag, “#VMA,” features drawings of two men, labeled “Trayvon” and “Zimmerman,” interspersed with paraphrased lyrics from Kanye West’s “New Slaves” — “He’d rather be a dick than a swallower.”
Zimmerman was recently acquitted on all charges after fatally shooting the 17-year-old from Florida during a civilian patrol of his neighborhood. The case became a lightning rod around the country, in what critics say show a continued hostility under the law toward young black men.
Two of the posters have recently popped up on Franklin Avenue in Bed-Stuy. One is located near Lafeyette Avenue and another is on a wall near Quincy Street.
Al Jazeera America, which originally reported the story, also spotted a poster in Williamsburg.
In other VMA news, celebrate the occasion on Sunday at Brokelyn’s anti-VMA party, I Wanted My MTV:
The MTV Video Music Awards are in Brooklyn for the first time this weekend, and this makes us laugh, mainly while thinking of the Kim Kardashians and their faux-celebrity teevee ilk will walking down a street largely known these days as a very public restroom. MTV hasn’t been cool in ages, and the network holding its seminal event in the capital of cool surely will include some cloying attempt at honoring BK’s music history (leave Adam Yauch alone!).
You could take out some of your aggression by launching water balloons full of mayonnaise off your roof with dreams of soaking Chris Brown; OR you could come party with us as we celebrate the golden age of MTV, with ACTUAL VIDEOS! We’re hosting a big, FREE party called I Wanted My MTV down the road at Last Exit on Sunday, featuring lots of relics of MTV’s glory days. Details below:
Let’s face it: we all grew up with MTV, and it probably shaped a lot of who we are (see: 120 Minutes, The motherfreaking STATE). So instead of griping about how MTV has long ago traded videos for shows about pregnant millennials and turbo-charged bennies, let’s celebrate the good days!