MTV Stops The Show For Michael Brown

Bob Hamilton

LOS ANGELES (CBS St. Louis) – The shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson was a part of last night’s MTV Video Music Awards.

As the rapper Common announced the best hip-hop artist award, he called for a moment of silence for Michael Brown and for peace in the country and the world.

The MTV network produced a 15-second spot that opened with the logo of the city of Ferguson, faded to a background chant of “Don’t Shoot, Hands Up” and then included a quote from author James Baldwin, “Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

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MTV president Stephen Friedman then said, “It’s a call to action to our audience that we have to confront our own bias head-on before we can truly create change.”

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