“His hate is so all-consuming that he tries to carry the burning cross back up the mountain. That’s the physical manifestation of his hate, and he wants it to get to the top of the mountain for the world to see. He’s so blinded by his hate that he doesn’t [consider that his robe will burn]. But God forgives him and causes it to rain, therefore extinguishing [the fire], and that’s a sort of baptism; washing away his sins.”
When Kanye walked up onstage with Taylor [Swift] that year, it turned out that Taylor had to go onstage to do her song five minutes later. I ran out of the truck to see that everything was all right, and Taylor and her mom were crying hysterically. I’m not always wonderful with emotions. I didn’t know what to say. Then I went backstage, and Beyonce was crying, too.
Van Toffler, former MTV chief, on his favorite VMAs story (X)