We all know that Kanye West lives on another planet and only occasionally decides to visit us mere mortals, so what went down during his show in Australia shouldn’t exactly be a shocker to anyone. During a performance in Sydney on Friday night, West told the audience to stand up and dance. Ok, no big deal, Kanye and his monster ego is known for demanding audience participation. What else is new?
Oops, the people he started laying into turned out to be handicapped and bound to their wheelchairs. I guess Kanye forgot what he learned in sensitivity training
The trouble started when Kanye noticed two people up front weren’t standing up and dancing during his song. I mean how could anyone resist dancing to anything Kanye sings, right?
Kanye threw a hissy fit when he realized a couple people weren’t standing. He stopped his performance and announced to the audience:
“I can’t do this song, I can’t do this show until everybody stand up. Unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and shit. Imma see you if you ain’t standing up, believe me, I’m very good at that”
It looks like Kanye tried to cover his bases by mentioning the handicap exemption but sure enough he noticed one of the seated persons and demanded to know why they weren’t standing up. Then Kanye really stepped in it when the fan held up a prosthetic leg as proof that they weren’t able to stand, Kanye saw and said: ‘Okay, you fine!’
Then he was able to find another person still seated and demand that they get their butt out of their seat and dance so the show could go on.
Of course, as things would turn out, this fan was also handicapped but the kicker is Kanye didn’t believe it! Even though fans around the handicapped man were making signals that he was indeed in a wheelchair Kanye still wasn’t buying it. He went so far as to send one of his bodyguards into the audience to see if person seated is actually sitting in a wheelchair while he complained:
“This is the longest I’ve had to wait to do a song, it’s unbelievable.” Once his bodyguard confirmed that the fan was indeed in a wheelchair, Kanye to continue the show. The delay wound up taking about five minutes or so, but the embarrassment will last a lifetime.
There’s no doubt Yeezus has talent but his arrogance and self-importance are really going off the rails. Like the poor handicapped people really needed to be pointed out in a crowd. I’m sure they endure daily hardships the able bodied people don’t even want to think about.
Have fun cleaning up this PR nightmare Kanye.