Former VJ Dave Holmes, writing for Billboard, gave his thoughts on how MTV’s TRL reboot should change.
At this year’s Video Music Awards, as Katy Perry made Handmaid’s Tale jokes and Logic rapped about suicide prevention, the videos felt almost beside the point. (The current MTV audience has never really equated the channel with music, anyway.) I remember being in the TRL studio on the day of the Columbine massacre, and that first show back after 9/11. We wanted to comfort our viewers but also give them an outlet for their fear and rage. In 2017, when it feels like there’s a school shooting a month and thousands of undocumented kids fear deportation, TRL will have more of a responsibility than ever to be a strong progressive voice.
He shared many more thoughts that you can check out here.