February 24, 2014
By Bora Nanaj and Karola Castaneda
The Video Music Awards aired on Music Television on Aug. 25, 2013. The Jamesville-DeWitt High School student body had a lot to say about the performances, especially those of Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake and Kanye West.
The J-DHS students had many different opinions about Cyrus’s performance. Junior, Mo Ahmad, said jokingly, “I love Miley, she is my role model, but her twerking skills need a little work.” Senior Luca Pelligra had a completely different view. He said her performance was “disgusting and uncalled for.” Many students agreed with Pelligra. Freshman Matt Yonta called her performance disturbing, sophomore Jordan VanStry said “I thought it was dirty” and junior Maggie French agreed calling it “nasty.” Sophomore Carson Larussa disagreed and said “Miley’s performance was the best because she’s unique and has cool dance moves.”
Teachers watched the VMA’s as well as students. Melissa Moore, Health teacher, said she watched the VMA’s because “students do so we can talk about it.” Math teacher Mike Daly said Cyrus’s performance was “a little over the top,” and Spanish teacher, Simone Pacilio, said “Miley tries to hard to be shocking. There’s a war going on, that’s shocking enough.”
Justin Timberlake’s performance was another one that J-DHS students remembered. Not only did he perform, but he brought *NSync out on the stage for a mini-reunion. Senior Karley Platenik liked the performance because “Justin Timberlake is super cute, and his songs are super catchy.” Freshman Lucas Binder disagreed with Platenik, and said “*NSync was horrible because they can’t sing and they’re all old.”
J-DHS students also noted Kanye West’s performance. French said that she, “didn’t know what was happening, but it was cool.” Sophomore Charlie Digristina likes both West’s music and his performance. Freshman Collin McKee disagreed with Digristina and said that the performance was confusing, and he didn’t understand what was going on.
When female artist Taylor Swift accepted her award for Best Female Video for “I Knew You Were Trouble,” she dissed ex-boyfriend Harry Styles by saying “I also want to thank the person who inspired this song, who knows exactly who he is, because now I got one of these.” Many J-DHS students have different opinions about this comment. Junior Nicholas Koulouris and freshmen Bertel Schmidt and Willa Shiomos all agreed that Taylor Swift’s comment towards Harry was awesome. Koulouris was not surprised by the comment because he believes that Swift had a good reason to write the song and make it known that Styles inspired it. On the other hand, McKee argued that Taylor’s comment was out of line for the occasion. French agreed with McKee saying that Swift’s comment was “a little too direct” and made the show “awkward.” VanStry also agreed saying “she’s very immature, I don’t like her at all.”
The lack of a host disappointed many at J-DHS. Schmidt said “it would’ve been more organized if there would’ve been a host like the past years.” Even though Shiomos agreed that it had been better in the past with a host, she also said “it wasn’t too bad, all the performances were interesting.” French said that she thought “the show was fine without a host, but it would’ve been good to have one because they’re usually funny.” Digristina liked the show better without a host.