Kanye West Ordered to Apologize Over Concert Wheelchair Blunder

Disability Rights groups demanding an apology
ByNathalie ViranyiMonday , 15 September 2014
Kanye West Ordered to Apologize Over Concert Wheelchair Blunder
Kanye West has been a bad boy again!

Kanye West got on a lot of people's bad side as he targeted handicapped fans for not standing up during his performances.

Kim Kardashian's husband sparked outrage in Australia as he demanded from a fan in a wheelchair to get to his feet during a misunderstanding at his show in Sydney on Friday.

The rapper was caught on camera stopping the show and calling out to every concert-goers get to their feet for his track Good Life, telling the crowd, "I can't do this show until everybody stand up. Unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking."

In the video, the rapper is seen calling out one fan, insisting he would stop the gig until he stood up, before realising the man was disabled. After realising the mistake, the rapper added, "Is he in a wheelchair?... Okay, you (are) fine."

Previously, West did another no-no at his show in Melbourne, where he told disabled fans they had to prove they were unable to stand, telling the audience, "I can't do this song if there's anybody here sitting down - unless you're handicapped and you pull out your handicapped parking slip right now."

West has enraged disability rights spokespeople who are demanding an apology from the rap superstar. Craig Wallace, of People With Disability Australia, told the Sydney Daily Telegraph, "To call out people for not standing up, when they are disabled and cannot stand up, in front of thousands of people, is humiliating. What if it was a young person who's coming to terms with their disability? It's arrogant to say every person in the audience needs to stand up just because you tell them to. Kanye West owes a duty of care and respect to his audience... Asking disabled people to show their handicap pass is patronising and inappropriate. He should apologise. Kanye West would also benefit from disability awareness training."

Now enthusiastic performance or not, Kanye should be more mindful trying to get the crowds going.

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