This year’s iteration of the award show the youth have been watching since the day they were born, also known as the MTV Video Music Awards, is proving to be the most woke one yet. The producers already announced that there will be no gendered categories this year and there will be a “Best Fight Against the System” category (no, Rage Against the Machine is not nominated). Now, they’re winning us over once again with their attempt to bring transgender service members to the awards show.
CNN has reported that the Pentagon was contacted by VMA producers who wanted to extend an invitation to trans soldiers in the wake of the disrespect they’ve had to endure thanks to the president’s attempted transgender military ban. Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Paul Haverstick spoke to CNN about the invite, saying, “At this time the Department of Defense is reviewing the parameters of the request.”
The invite isn’t the first time the VMAs have waded into politics, or even the military. In 2010, Lady Gaga brought gay soldiers who’d been discharged under the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. With the award show set to air on Sunday, we can only hope that the Pentagon pulls through and lets some more soldiers walk the red carpet this year.