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Paris Jackson Denounces 'Nazi White Supremacist Jerks' At MTV VMAs

Paris Jackson on stage at the 2017 VMAs. (Photo by Frederick Brown / Getty Images)
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The VMAs have often been an outlet for celebrities to get political, from Lady Gaga speaking out against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" or Beyonce attending with the mothers of Black Lives Matter, and this year's awards show was no exception. Paris Jackson, Michael Jackson's 19-year-old daughter, presented the Moon Person for Best Pop Video and took the opportunity to denounce the violent actions of white supremacists in Charlottesville.

Standing on stage, before giving the award to Fifth Harmony for their video Down, Jackson said "We must show these Nazi, white supremacist jerks in Charlottesville and all over the country, that as a nation with liberty as our slogan, we have zero tolerance for their violence, hatred, and discrimination."

Jackson was condemning the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, VA that culminated in violence and a terrorist attack when a white supremacist barreled his car through a group of counter-protestors. It took President Trump several days to condemn the racist rally, so Jackson's comments appear to address both the white supremacists and President Trump.

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The mother of Heather Heyer, the woman killed by the white supremacist terrorist, was in attendance at the VMAs and gave a moving speech alongside a pastor who is related to General Robert E. Lee.