When Kanye Says Stand, Don’t Give Him No Shit About No Wheelchairs
Because Kanye West is an egomaniacal man-baby, he lost his shit not once but twice in Australia during two separate shows where audience members didn’t immediately stand up when he told them to. I mean, it’s not like they were in a wheelchair or something, except, oh wait, they were. So here’s what happened in Sydney Friday night because did I mention this happened twice? This happened twice. The Daily Mail reports:
An eyewitness told Daily Mail Australia Kanye had refused to perform until the crowd were on their feet, saying, ‘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 s**t.
‘Imma see you if you ain’t standing up, believe me, I’m very good at that.’
When the musician saw a concertgoer waving a prosthetic limb to explain why they weren’t dancing, he acknowledged them, saying: ‘Okay, you fine!’
But when another fan remained seated, he stopped the song Good Life, saying, ‘This is the longest I’ve had to wait to do a song, it’s unbelievable,’ before sending bodyguard Pascal Duvier into the arena to check whether the person was in fact in a wheelchair- which they were.
‘The crowd was also yelling that he was in a wheelchair but he waited for Pascal’s confirmation,’ the witness said, while others said the crowd made ‘wheelchair motions’ to alert the singer to his mistake.
‘When he sent Pascal up there he said, ‘He is in a wheelchair? It’s fine!’ the witness reported.
That’s right. Kanye West stopped an entire concert to wait for his bodyguard to verify that a man who wasn’t standing when he said stand was actually in a wheelchair. Which is already ridiculous enough on its face except here’s Kanye just two days earlier in Melbourne not learning a goddamn thing:
The 37 year-old artist was criticised for his comments at his Melbourne show at Rod Laver Arena earlier in the week, when midway through his song Good Life he went on one of his famous rants, demanding to know why the audience wasn’t on their feet.
‘I can’t go on with this song if there’s people in here sitting down unless y’all sitting down because y’all handicapped,’ he said.
‘Unless y’all have handicapped parking?’
In Kanye’s defense, he couldn’t have picked a better time to pull this shit because at the end of the day at least he’s not punching women out in an elevator or beating four year olds with a switch. Yes, he’s throwing a temper tantrum over the lame not walking at the mere sound of his voice because he’s full of pure, concentrated asshole, but again, it’s not like he’s a violent domestic abuser. Which is probably the greatest compliment I’ll ever give Kanye West: I haven’t seen him beat women and kids. Yet. God help us if that goes to his head.