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By Lauren Fetter
MTV stopped being a hub for all things music a while ago. Now when you turn on your television and flip through the channels, you can expect to see nothing more than a variety of poorly-crafted, albeit addicting, reality shows (ahem, the Teen Mom series) or television series that compile videos of stupid people doing stupid things (I’m looking at you, Rob Dyrdek). It’s no wonder that the network’s award show that celebrates the latest and greatest in last year’s filmography would be lackluster and downright sad when it aired on April 12.
Being a bonafide entertainment junkie, I watch any and all award shows. I live for the good, the bad and the ugly that exists in the celebrity sphere, but this award show in particular gave me nothing but agita.
Let’s start with Amy Schumer, the unfortunate host of the evening’s festivities. Long Island’s own comedian, who stars in the upcoming summer flick “Trainwreck,” was exactly that on Sunday night. Over-the-top and obnoxious, Schumer wasn’t funny in the slightest. I get it — it’s not easy hosting anything, let alone an award show that’s being watched by millions of people. But the countless comments about Kevin Hart’s height and the downright vulgar jokes told throughout the evening made me question why I was even watching this in the first place. Thankfully, I decided to stick with it.
Getting past what I consider Schumer failing at the one job she had for the evening, I was really happy to see that the film adaptation of John Green’s novel, “The Fault in Our Stars,” won several awards, including Movie of the Year and Best Kiss. The movie has me sobbing every time I watch it, while I think introspectively and dream of finding my own Augustus Waters one day in the future. Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley brought an incredible novel to life and seeing their work being recognized made my night.
Other things that completed my life? Dave Franco and Zac Efron reprised their “Neighbors” roles as frat brothers Pete and Teddy while accepting the award for Best On-Screen Duo. I don’t even like Zefron, but I was definitely not mad when Franco opened the ex-“High School Musical” actor’s shirt. Bless you, Dave Franco.
“Teen Wolf” star Dylan O’Brien won three awards for his role as Thomas in “The Maze Runner.” O’Brien, otherwise known as DOB, will forever be one of my favorite people and he deserves all of the happiness in the world. Rebel Wilson also took the stage by storm after donning a set of angel wings and a crop top. Four for you, Rebel. You go, Rebel.
But the moment that made me question my own sanity came from none other than a riveting performance of “Drop That Kitty” by English singer Charli XCX, rapper Ty Dolla $ign and Tinashe…Trust me, I still don’t know who that last one is either. A few days post-performance and I’m still sitting here scratching my head. What exactly did I watch? Why is Charli XCX humping the air in a zebra-printed onesie? Why is this rapper being paid for this performance and can I be paid to rap terribly, too? Can someone please tell me who the hell this Tinashe girl is anyway? I just…have no other words for this, other than just watch it for yourself.
Besides going for the theatrics and the television ratings, what’s the point of the MTV Movie Awards anymore? I honestly don’t see one. There’s no credibility here. With categories like Best WTF Moment and Best Shirtless Performance, it’s no wonder that MTV isn’t taken seriously. Pop culture is changing and viewers want different things. But MTV, I don’t want to sit through an award show and question what I just watched after all is said and done.
I just want my music-playing MTV back.