Kanye West’s wheelchair video incident has some saying it’s a scandal while others defend the rapper, claiming it was just an awkward joke about disabled people that happened to go wrong when someone in the crowd really was disabled and wheelchair bound.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, it’s claimed that Kanye yelled at handicapped concert goers even after the first incident became a scandal. In response, one handicapped writer published an open letter to West.
Descriptions of Kanye West’s wheelchair incident say it started when he told the crowd the best way way to enjoy his show was to stand up.
“I can’t do this show until everybody stand up,” he said. “Unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and s**t.”
This announcement was apparently met with some awkward silence due to the bad joke. Some reports claimed that West went after a wheelchair bound individual and a person in the crowd started waving a prosthetic leg in the air to explain why he was sitting. But the above video does seem to prove that Kanye did not attack the disabled person, although he did say, “If he’s in a wheelchair, it’s fine.”
Kanye West has since taken the media to task for how the wheelchair incident was portrayed, and he specifically called out Matt Lauer by name.
“Don’t try to force me into some, like, fake apology or something like last time I was on the show,” he said. “I want you to just run the video that everyone’s talking about where I so-called scream and everything. I want you to run that, right? Since it’s such big media press news and everything.”
West also highlighted how the media seems to preoccupied with this incident even though there is major news happening all over the world.
“Welcome to today’s news, ladies and gentlemen,” West said. “We got Americans getting killed on TV, we have kids getting killed every week in Chicago, we have unarmed people being killed by police officers and we have Kanye West with an ice cream cone.”
The rapper claims he will bite back if the media continues to push him on this issue.
“I’m a married Christian man with a family. At my concerts, I make sure everybody has as good a time as possible. So all this demonizing me, it ain’t gonna work after awhile. Pick a new target. Because I’m not one of these dumb*ss artists that you’re used to. You come at me, I’mma take my platform and I’m gonna break this s**t down for real intelligent people every night so they understand.”
What do you think of Kanye West’s wheelchair incident: bad joke gone wrong, or does he deserve to be demonized?