elebrity awards shows can often seem inappropriate or out-of-touch with the world, especially in times like these that are so politically charged.
But the MTV Video Music Awards, which aired on Sunday, August 27, included not only a number of incredible musical performances, but a touching tribute that acknowledged our current fraught social climate.
First, Miley did an inspired, retro performance.
She performed “Younger Now” in hot pink hot pants…
…in true VMAs style.
And later, Katy Perry wore a shiny spacesuit.
For what reason? We’re not sure.
But all these crazy moments didn’t hold a candle to the incredible moment when the Rev. Robert Wright Lee stepped on stage.
"My name is Robert Lee IV," he started.
“I’m a descendant of Robert E. Lee, the Civil War general whose statue was at the center of violence in Charlottesville.”
The general’s distant nephew explained that as a pastor, he felt that it was his “moral duty to speak out” against racism and hate.
"Today I call on all of us with privilege and power to answer God's call to confront racism and white supremacy head-on," he continued.
“We can find inspiration in the Black Lives Matter movement, the women who marched in the Women’s March in January, and especially Heather Heyer, who died fighting for her beliefs in Charlottesville.”
Lee then introduced Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, who is an extraordinarily strong woman, determined to create change. She works tirelessly to ensure that her daughter did not die in vain.
"Only 15 days ago," she began, "my daughter Heather was killed as she protested racism."
“I miss her, but I know she’s here tonight,” Bro continued. “I have been deeply moved to see people across the world — the whole world — find inspiration in her courage.