Governor Cuomo gives blessing for MTV Video Music Awards – but not the 9/11 Memorial Tribute? (Op-ed)

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NEW YORK, N.Y. – From the land that declared that chicken wings are not “dinner” but soup is, we bring you the latest outrage from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the man that sent thousands to their deaths in nursing homes in the state.

Not sure how we missed this last month, but according to Rolling Stone in its June 29 edition, Cuomo has given the thumbs up to the MTV Video Music Awards to take place in New York City in August.

Meanwhile, the 9/11 Memorial tribute, an annual tradition since 2002 will not be allowed to put on the most solemn part of the ceremony due to coronavirus.

Music awards yes, memorial ceremonies no. This man is pure evil.

According to a press conference last month, Cuomo announced that the MTV Awards, you know the annual freak show where the woke preach to us about how great they are and generally engage in a slam-fest on President Trump, would be allowed to proceed.

He did say that safety measures would be followed and that would include “limiting or no audience.”

 “The Video Music Awards are going to be held Sunday, Aug. 30, at Barclays Center,” Cuomo gushed.

“We’re elated to bring the 2020 ‘VMAs” back to NYC, the cultural mecca of the world where music and entertainment are woven into the DNA,” said Bruce Gillmer, President of Music, Music Talent, Programming & Events for ViacomCBS Media Networks, in a press release.

We might add that the terms “music and entertainment” are subjective when anything that airs on MTV is concerned.

The CEO of the Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets, Oliver Weisberg, said:

“The 2020 MTV VMAs will be the first Barclays Center event since the COVID-19 pandemic reached New York. The VMAs were held once before at the Barclays Center in 2013.”

According to the press release, the MTV event will “span all five boroughs,” and will “include extensive social distancing procedures, meaningful capacity limitations, [and] the virtualization of components where possible.”

Meanwhile, the September 11 tribute will lose probably the most somber and poignant parts of the memorial held annually since the attacks in 2001.

While Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio allow rioters to run through the streets of the city unimpeded and not subject to any type of restrictions, the event that memorializes the worst terror attack in United States history enjoys no such benefit.

The portion of the tribute that is being scrapped due to COVID-19 is where family members read the names of those who lost their lives in person.

That portion of the tribute usually takes several hours, as readers go through each of the names of those lost in both the twin towers, as well as the two aircraft that were flown into the buildings by Islamo-fascist terrorists.

That number includes hundreds of New York City firefighters, police officers, and EMTs and other emergency responders, as well as Port Authority police officers who lost their lives.

That matters not to de Blasio or Cuomo.

Last Friday, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum addressed a letter to family members, notifying them that names would be recorded instead of being read in person by family members.

The letter said that family members would still be able to gather within the memorial plaza, located in lower Manhattan at the site of Ground Zero, and that state and federal COVID-19 guidelines would be maintained.

“Out of an abundance of caution and in line with the guidance regarding social distancing,” family members would be excluded from giving on-stage tributes.

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The memorial will have six moments of silence within the time limit, memorializing the moment when each tower was struck by aircraft from United Airlines and American Airlines, when each tower came crashing down to the ground, as well as the time the Pentagon was struck by American Airlines Flight 77, as well as when United 93 went down in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

While nearly 3,000 people died in the terror attacks, hundreds of additional people, primarily first responders, have succumbed to illness related to their response to the terror attack.

At least one family member of one of the brave firefighters who lost his life is happy the ceremony is at least being held. Jim McCaffrey, who lost his brother-in-law FDNY Battalion Chief Orio Palmer, who was killed in the South Tower collapse is grateful the tribute would still be held.

“If they didn’t have it this year, it would give them maybe license to never have it again, which I think would be a terrible thing,” McCaffrey told Spectrum News in New York.

So, let’s understand what this tells us about Cuomo, de Blasio and the rest of the people making decisions in New York: You can get a bunch of overpaid, self-important jackwads together to tell us how great they are, pat themselves on the back, lecture the rest of us that we should be guilty because of how we were born or what gender we were born as, tell us how much the greatest country in the world sucks, and tell us we’re a bunch of racists.

Looking forward to that.

But to honor those who died in a cowardly terrorist attack, including so-called evil police officers who were running IN to the buildings while everyone else was running OUT of the building, the brave members of FDNY, EMT’s, and all of those innocent people in those buildings and on those aircraft, we are told their lives were not important and their deaths didn’t matter.

Because entertainment, to liberals like Cuomo and de Blasio is always more important than real life because that is their constituency and that is where money for their campaigns flows from. Memorials are merely an inconvenience.  

We would like to say that we are surprised that Cuomo, de Blasio and others would make such a move but honestly we are not. People who hate America and all that she stands for couldn’t be expected to make the right decision in a case like this.

We just feel bad for those families who lost someone in the 9/11 terror attacks. New York politicians may forget you and your loved ones, but we never will.

 

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