Mary J. Blige Sounds Off on Infamous Diana Ross VMA Breast Tap of Lil Kim

I was embarrassed for Kim

September 10, 2020

Speaking on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Mary J Blige went tit for tat against soul legend Diane Ross’ infamous touching of Lil Kim’s breast during the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.

"I was embarrassed for Kim and I was pissed when that happened because that's my little sister and my friend," Blige said.

For those of you too young to remember the pop culture moment, Blige and Kim went on-stage to award the “Best Hip Hop Video,” the latter sporting a violet sequence pasty. Before listing the nominees, the duo ceremoniously introduced Ross on stage.

Now, a moment largely overlooked during the ordeal was Ross planting an awkward kiss on Blinge, whose face turns triggered after the smooch.

Ross hugs Kim, then extends her right arm under Kim’s left breast, jostling the pasty on national television. Blige tells Cohen it was a sign of disrespect towards female artists still reverberating in today’s industry. "Kim is courageous. She's going do what Kim does so I think we all should respect it like we should respect Megan Thee Stallion and Nicki Minaj and Cardi B. Respect Lil Kim.
This is what they do. Respect them."

Mary recently talked with Big Tigger from RADIO.COM and V-103. She says the COVID quarantine provided much needed down time amid her busy career. “I kinda needed a break, I’d been working non-stop, I’d just been going and going, so I kinda needed to just rest and not do anything.”

She empathized with listeners say the quarantine was “something that I think everyone probably needed, a freeze, to self reflect… rest our minds, rest our spirits and see what’s really good with us.”

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