(AllHipHop News) The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards were sprinkled with political statements throughout the entire broadcast. The evening's host Katy Perry continuously through subliminal shots at Donald Trump.
In addition, Bronx rapper Cardi B used her moment on camera to shout out Colin Kaepernick for his activism against racial injustice. She referenced the former 49ers player's silent protest of taking a knee during NFL games.
"Colin Kaepernick, as long as you kneel with us, we're gonna be standing for you," declared Cardi. "That's right. I said it."
Michael Jackson's daughter Paris Jackson directly called out the white nationalists that rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11 and 12. She said, "We must show these Nazi white supremacist jerks in Charlottesville, and all over the country, that as a nation with liberty as our slogan, we have zero tolerance for their violence and their hatred and their discrimination."
Heather Heyer, a protester against the white supremacists in Charlottesville, was killed after being run over by a Dodge Challenger that was allegedly driven by a Nazi sympathizer. Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, was at the VMA ceremony to announce the launch of the Heather Heyer Foundation, a non-profit organization that will present scholarships to combat hatred.
Bro was introduced by Rev. Robert Wright Lee IV, a descendant of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. The potential removal of a Lee statue was at the center of the white nationalist rally in Virginia.
"We have made my ancestor an idol of white supremacy, racism, and hate. As a pastor, it is my moral duty to speak out against racism, America's original sin," Wright Lee told the VMA crowd. "Today, I call on all of us with privilege and power to answer God's call to confront racism and white supremacy head-on. 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."