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Guess Who’s Hating MTV Now?


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MTV has a lot to celebrate this week, like record-breaking ratings for a particularly unimaginative Video Music Awards and the fact that Beyoncé and Jay-Z waited to drop their baby news on the VMAs red carpet. But since MTV is the network the world loves to slag (for so, so many reasons), the press hasn't been all positive in the 72 hours following the 2011 VMAs. In fact, the hate is running full blast. Here's who's slamming the network formerly known as Music Television, and why:

Maroon 5's Adam Levine:
"It's public knowledge that it's not a music channel," the singer complained to E! News after firing off an angry tweet lamenting how the VMAs are the "one day a year when MTV pretends to still care about music." "I remember when I was a kid I worshipped the VMAs. I'd see these incredible moments where the whole world sat still to watch the VMAs and year 'round they'd play music -- Nirvana, Pearl Jam, bands I loved. There were a lot of memorable moments and not only that, it was music television. It was a celebratory day that represented what the channel stood for. It's sad. It's like seeing Tower Records in L.A. as a clothing store."

Bon Iver:
In a blog post titled "Some S--- I Just Gotta Say From Last Night", Kanye West's BFF wonders, "Why don't we just have MUSIC? DO music? soul? I don't know. I don't mean to criticize. Anyone. Actually. Except for MTV. You might have had a very large opportunity to be stabilize your self as a global presence of culture and art about 15 years ago and you f----- the dog."

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation issued a statement opposing MTV's decision to reward Cali rapper Tyler, the Creator with a Best New Artist trophy (fan votes determined the winner, but MTV was responsible for putting the Odd Future MC, who's particularly fond of using homophobic epithets in his lyrics, on the ballot). "Rather than providing simply a larger platform, MTV and other networks should educate viewers about why anti-gay and misogynistic language has no place in the music industry today," said Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs at GLAAD. "Given Tyler's history of such remarks, viewers and potential sponsors should refrain from honoring homophobia and in the future look to a more deserving artist."

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