Why Was Aubrey Plaza Kicked Out Of The MTV Movie Awards?


Besides mostly terrible fashion, an MTV awards show wouldn’t be complete without some ridiculous situation between two or more stars onstage (and also alien mutants). This year, it would appear that Aubrey Plaza took a page out of Kanye West‘s book last night at the MTV Movie Awards last night. While Will Ferrell was accepting his Comedic Genius award, Plaza, wearing a plug for her new comedy “The To-Do List” on her chest, ran up and attempted to pull the award away from him. Ferrell asked, “What’s happening” and “are you okay?” but Plaza just silently yanked until finally giving up and stepping back down to her seat as Ferrell joked, “Aubrey Plaza, everyone. Just like we rehearsed it. Perfect, it was perfect. Not too long, not too short. Right on the money.”

Though Plaza wasn’t able to achieve her (very bizarre) goal, she did seem to be genuinely trying in that seemingly drunken, underperforming way we all try to “get ahead for tomorrow” when we realize that it’s a Tuesday night. According to Ferrell, Plaza had “a lot of hot liquor breath.”

While many media outlets (including me, above) have related the story to Kanye West’s from the VMAs in 2009, I feel like it’s a bit different in some vital ways. First off, Kanye was likely sober and therefore in an almost decent mindset when he crashed Taylor Swift‘s acceptance speech, making his decision to do so worse (though his breath was probably better). Also, Plaza likely doesn’t have half the ego Kanye does, as nobody in the world could possibly possess a similar one besides a certain alliterative-named woman he has impregnated. But still: the situations were both extremely awkward to watch, as neither were apparently scripted, and both made everyone in the audience as confused as they could be at the world’s most predictable style of entertainment.

Weirdly enough, though Kanye’s strange little stage crash made me feel more negatively toward him, Plaza’s just kind of made me like her a little more. It was a weird prank, antic, act…whatever you want to call it. But it was still kind of great to see an indifferent 28-year-old in a lovely dress attempt to jack an award from a man wearing a suit covered in dollar bills, whereas watching a guy in his 30s snatch the mic from a teenager was less entertaining, more sad.

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    • Megan

      Not justifying what Kanye did, but I’m pretty sure he was drunk at the VMAs. There are pictures of him chugging a bottle of Hennessy on the read carpet and inside the theatre.

      Both were awkward, the difference is that Aubrey’s stunt was clearly done to promote their movie and was in good fun, whereas Kanye was just being a belligerent jerk.

      • http://2beapaperdoll.blogspot.com/ Cori

        You might want to look back at those photos again. The cap is still on his bottle as he’s supposedly drinking from it, at least the ones I saw.

    • Candace

      Im surprised she failed. Look at those awesomely buff arms!

    • jacaline

      I definitely don’t think anything she did looked endearing. She kind of looked pathetic and wasn’t funny because she wasn’t even acting like what she was doing was a joke. Although, admittedly, I have no idea who she is, so maybe that’s just part of her deal.

    • Cee

      Just because you like someone or because shes cute or a girl doesnt mean you have to excuse their stupid behavior. Im pretty ambivalent about her, but watching this made me embarassed for her and just think “oh god what ARE you doing?!” There are other ways to promote your movie without getting a Kanye comparisson.

      • anna

        I’m always embarrassed for her, which is why I’m a fan? She has very, very awkward humor which makes me almost uncomfortable to watch. It’s a very strange experience. But many people don’t like that humor, so it was wrong place and time since most people she was exposed to there would not be into her humor. This wasn’t her TV show, few people were there for Audrey Plaza.
        That said, I thought it was pretty funny

    • Erika

      Kanye was on the sauce. You didn’t see the pictures of him swilling Hennessy before the show on the Red Carpet.

    • http://www.facebook.com/MonikaWoods Monika Woods

      I agree fully!

    • sabrina

      I love Audrey Plaza, her awkward humor is the reason she’s famous. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense in this context, so it failed because it was the wrong audience. It just comes off as awkward rather than so uncomfortable it’s funny.