Kevin Hart, Rebel Wilson and The Wanted, Drake and the 3 Most Ridiculous Moments at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards

The MTV Video Music Awards have brought us some of the craziest moments in live TV history, from Howard Stern as Fart Man back in 1992, to Kanye West as the most annoying man in show-business just three years ago. This year's ceremony at the Staples Center featured over-the-top performances by Rihanna and Alicia Keyes, as well as some truly ridiculous moments. Here are the three best from the 2012 VMAs.

 

 

Kevin Hart and the Dwarven Secret Service


When host and “future president of the United States” Kevin Hart made his grand entrance, he was escorted by about a dozen bodyguards, replete with sunglasses and earpieces, and all of them little people. I'm not normally one to laugh just because there are midgets involved, but the fact that Hart is only 5'2” himself somehow made the gag work for me. Juvenile humor or not, it was a highly ridiculous moment. Later in the night, Hart appeared on stage with 6'11” Dwight Howard to welcome Superman to the L.A. Lakers and try on one of his jerseys, which fit the diminutive funny-man like a nightgown. It's understandable why Hart resorted to gags like this, because the material for his opening monologue was atrocious.
 

Drake Ruins His Own Poignant Moment


The timing was perfect. Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones did a pretty funny bit about how rappers have been more emotional and vulnerable recently, then announced Drake as the winner of Best Hip-Hop Video for “HYFR.” Drake followed suit perfectly, telling a story about being bullied when he was younger and dedicating his award “to any kid who's ever had a long walk home by yourself.” He followed that poetic, moving image by saying, “This is to you man, for real. We made it, BITCH!” Awesome.
 

Rebel Wilson Makes Everyone Uncomfortable

 

Australian actress Rebel Wilson, who will be starring in Pitch Perfect alongside Elizabeth Banks, came on stage with The Wanted to announce the award for Best Female Video. A quite full-figured woman, Wilson was eating a bag of chips and wearing a loose-fitting nightshirt with a cartoon bikini-babe torso drawn on it. We eventually found out that the bag was oh-so-cleverly *eye roll* obscuring a fake muff that was protruding from the bikini line of the cartoon babe. She then briefly, and extremely awkwardly, hit on the boys from The Wanted before declaring that she couldn't decide between them and would have to “finish myself off.” Gross. Interesting side note, the surprisingly unfunny Kevin Hart (I'm normally a fan) said this was his favorite moment of the night during his closing remarks. 

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