Kanye West gets a bit of a pass because it’s just Kanye being Kanye. However, his Sydney, Australia Qantus Credit Union Arena show on Friday was particularly awkward. Even Kanye noted, “This is the longest I’ve had to wait to do a song, it’s unbelievable.”
Why did Kanye have to wait? Well, he didn’t have to, he chose to — until everyone in the arena was on their feet. Apparently, that demand, made by Kanye, included handicapped people as well.
The Daily Beast reports on Friday’s stop of the Yeezus Tour, Kanye said “I can’t do this song. I can’t do this show until everybody stand up…”
The report says one fan raised his prosthetic limb, to which Kanye said, “O.K., you fine.”
But after Kanye refused to continue to perform until one other fan, presumably the last seated fan in the house, stood up, that’s when the Yeezus Tour became the “yeesh” tour.
Fans and concert-goers took to Twitter to bask in the blunder.
"WE JUST WAITING ON THEM TWO PEOPLE TO STAND UP, Oh…. they ARE in a wheelchair?? PLAY THE SONG" Lol #YEEZUS
— Mitch Baker (@Bitch_Maker) September 13, 2014
i know Kanye west likes to think he's Jesus, but telling a wheelchair bound kid to stand up and dance won't help him
— kimmie24 (@kimmie244) September 13, 2014
Vulture is kinder to Kanye, saying “The Kanye West Wheelchair ‘Incident’ Was Not Really a Thing.”
The article more accurately describes the Australian incident than some other outlets have. The Fox News headline reads, “Kanye West tries to shame man in wheelchair into standing during Sydney concert.”
Vulture says “Kanye West is the kind of famous where the slightest misstep is cause for crowing. So while the whole situation was pretty awkward, it wasn’t exactly the heinous, ableist incident that the Internet is making it out to be.”
You can decide for yourself when you watch this fan video.
Peter Galbriath uploaded the clip of the incident to YouTube and says in the video description, “Kanye asks everyone to stand up, someone doesn’t. Kanye asks them to stand up, they’re in a wheelchair. Kanye apologises, the show goes on. A simple misunderstanding.”
He also notes, “I saw the man in the wheelchair after the show and he was very happy, even more stoked that Kanye had spoken to him directly.”
Fox News also notes that Kim Kardashian created “pandemonium” with an appearance at a local mall. The Inquisitr reported previously that Kim was wearing a white body-hugging custom dress, black Hermes Roman-style heeled sandals, and a “minimalist face.”
[Image: P Gailbriath/YouTube]