Heather Heyer's Mother Announced Her Daughters Foundation At The VMAs & It Was Actually A Great Place To Do It
On Sunday, MTV made it clear that while the focus of the VMAs is music, our current political climate still needed to be addressed. On the day of the show, MTV announced that Heather Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, would speak at the VMAs, specifically presenting Best Fight Against the System, a first-time award designed to honor "the audience's passion and activism surrounding environmental justice, immigration, LGBTQ equality, and racial justice," according to MTV. In a twist, the network awarded all six recipients for their work to keep the world moving forward toward good.
Heyer was killed during the violent Charlottesville riots when she was acting as a counter-protester. Bro has shown herself to be as strong as Heyer, dedicated to fighting the causes that Heyer died for. She also stood firm against Trump after he placed blame on both sides of the protests in Charlottesville. At the VMAs, Bro was introduced by a descendent of Robert E. Lee, a symbol of white supremacy, who condemned his ancestor and applauded people, like Heyer, who take a stand for what's right.
Bro used the show as a platform to announce her new organization dedicated to Heyer, while encouraging viewers to go to the website to help her "make Heather's death count." Bro's entire speech was incredibly moving. She said,
After that, she went on to explain the impacts of the night's nominees. Bro said,
While Bro was skeptical when MTV first approached her, it wound up being one of the most powerful moments of the night. She told People beforehand,
After seeing the audiences response to Bro's speech, it's clear she made the right choice. Heyer's legacy and Bro's actions are certain to have an ever-lasting impact on the consciousness of America. It's great to see the VMAs providing a platform for progress.