Kim Kardashian is defending husband Kanye West in what is becoming known as “The Wheelchair Incident of 2014.”
Last Friday, Kanye refused to continue his concert in Sydney, Australia, until the entire audience was standing. When Kanye noticed that not everyone in the audience was standing, he addressed the crowd, saying, “I can’t do this show until everybody stand up. Unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and sh*t.”
At that point, one concert-goer, who had a prosthetic leg, waved her leg in the air, and Kanye West resumed his concert… until he noticed there was one single fan who remained seated. At that point, Kanye once again halted the show, actually complaining that “This is he longest I’ve had to wait to do a song, it’s unbelievable.”
The fan who was still seated was in a wheelchair.
West then added, “Now, if he is in a wheelchair, it’s fine. Is he in a wheelchair right there?” The crowd screamed that yes, the fan was in a wheelchair, but that still wasn’t enough for Kanye. He actually sent a bodyguard over to investigate that the concert-goer was truly wheelchair-bound before again resuming the show.
You can watch the entire debacle below.
On Monday, at his concert in Brisbane, Kanye let loose with a five-minute rant about how the media has demonized him, and demanded that the media “pick another target.”
“What I want you to do is I want you to run the video everyone’s talkin’ about where I so-called screamed at somebody and everything. I want you to run that, right, since this is such big media-press-news and everything that obviously they trying to demonize me for. It’s like, ‘Welcome to today’s news, ladies and gentlemen.’ We’ve got Americans getting killed on TV, kids getting killed every weekend in Chicago, unarmed people getting killed by police officers…”
And now wife Kim Kardashian is rushing in to defend Kanye on Twitter.
“What an amazing Australian tour! Its frustrating that something so awesome could be clouded by lies in the media. Kanye never asked anyone in a wheel chair to stand up & the audience videos show that. He asked for everyone to stand up & dance UNLESS they were in a wheel chair. #JustWantedEveryoneToHaveAFunNight #TheMediaTwistsThings”
But it seems as though both Kanye and Kim are missing the point. It isn’t that Kanye asked everyone to stand unless they were disabled (although that does seem fairly questionable). It’s that West halted his entire concert and then had a bodyguard go investigate the fan to make certain that the fan was truly in a wheelchair… and West then refused to resume his show until that was confirmed. It seems like yet another example of many in which the ego of Kanye West has taken precedence over decency and common sense. West’s actions at his concert seem excessive, and that is what has gotten the attention of so many.
What do you think? Is Kanye West being “demonized” by the media, or did he take things too far at his concert?
[Image via The Sun]