Chance the Rapper wasn’t at the MTV VMAs because he felt that his video for “Sunday Candy” was snubbed. (Which is correct. I mean, what the hell, MTV?) But his Twitter made it clear that Mr. Bennett was watching, especially when host Miley Cyrus said the word “mammy” during a sketch.
For those who might not know the history of the word, a “mammy” was a black caretaker who took care of white slave owners’ children in the antebellum South. The word is more than a little loaded with racial history, including Al Jolson’s blackface performance in The Jazz Singer on up to Dave Chappelle’s use of it in a fake WB promo to call out the network’s lily-white lineup. But for those who didn’t know the history, Chance tweeted a photo soon after.