speeches

Kanye West: "I Have Decided in 2020 To Run for President"

Rich Juzwiak · 08/30/15 09:58PM

After a long and winding acceptance speech at the VMAs about bros, trophies, the importance of ideas, the hazards of brands, and MTV’s profiting off his unhinged behavior, Kanye West signed off by announcing that he plans to run for president in the election after next. While you could easily make the argument that West’s shocking finale negated much of what he had just preached about, it’s still a great mic drop. It’s so great, in fact, that if he doesn’t actually end up running for president, no one is going to hold it against him. Well played.

"It's About What Happens From Here": Caitlyn Jenner Crushed the ESPYs 

Rich Juzwiak · 07/15/15 09:44PM

Caitlyn Jenner received this year’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs, and more impressively, two standing ovations from the entire room during the live ceremony—one before and one after her wide-ranging, 10-minute acceptance speech, which touched on her transition but was devoted more to her activism on behalf of the trans community. “With attention comes responsibility,” she explained.