The heart wrenching and sudden loss of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams just a few weeks ago struck a chord in all of us. His passing affected millions and raised awareness about the prevalence and seriousness of the mental disorder that affects an astounding number of our population: depression. When the awards season comes around and there is a death that has so strongly moved people, the pressure mounts to do justice to the man who everyone loved and respected.

 

So how did these recent awards shows measure up? As you all know, the MTV Video Music Awards were this Sunday, and in the midst of the parade of daringly dressed musicians and extravagance of the spectacle that is the VMAs, there was a 25 second video montage that served as a tribute to this brilliant man. It happened so fast that if you got up to go refill the chips and dip — or blinked — you probably missed it.

 

The whole thing seemed very unattached, underprepared, and, well, unacceptable. The way the video was presented made it seem as though it was thrown together at the last minute, and it was overshadowed and impeded by all of the fanfare surrounding the ordeal of the rest of the show. There was no time taken to appreciate the joy and memories he left us with or even call attention to the seriousness of depression as a very real illness. There really is no excuse for this, seeing as the show ended 15 minutes ahead of schedule and plenty of time was set aside for the rest of the antics of the night. All in all, the effect was a slap in the face to anyone who was affected by his death and even to his memory.

 

“He made us laugh… hard.” The tribute section of the Emmys, on the other hand, was a moving and fitting tribute to such a wonderful man. Billy Crystal, another lovable comedian and long-time friend of Williams honored him with a touching speech that truly lived up to his greatness and brought a tear to our eyes as we remembered every laugh and every tear Williams brought us in his life.

 

To be fair, the subject matter of the Emmys is more conducive to the life and work of Williams, so it was only natural that they have some eloquent and endearing comedian get on stage and perfectly capture the essence of Williams in four minutes, and two weeks is a short amount of time to get everything in order and ready for live TV, but the VMAs made little to no effort to honor the life of this great man and insulted his memory by making a half-hearted effort buried within all the extravagance and hype of the show.

 

What did you think about the Robin Williams tribute in these two shows? Tell us what you think in the comments below or shoot me a tweet @JenksUOhMeASoda