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I’ve never really disliked Kanye West. I don’t think he’s a bad person. I feel he has a large ego but that is not uncommon in the entertainment industry. When you are constantly praised and being told how great you are I can only imagine that it’s hard not to let that go to your head. So while I don’t dislike him I do have to say that the incident that took place at his concert really disgusts me as a person living with a disability.
How dare Kanye say that everyone has to stand up at his concert unless you can show you are disabled. I have a disability. I don’t ride in a wheelchair or have a prosthetic limb I could hold up. I do have a handicap placard but don’t carry it around in my person. So had I been at his concert, which I would have paid for, I would have chosen to remain seated. A lot of situations are hard for me to stand in. If there is an incline, if chairs are close together, if I’m overtired my leg weakens and standing is difficult and unsafe. In the video you can tell it’s a large crowd and my balance is off so standing and dancing around would have been dangerous for me. Now how would I have proven that to Kanye, yes I wear a brace but in most pants I’m unable to slip it on or off through the pant leg and why should I have to. What damn business is it of his if I have a disability? I live with it every day. I struggle not to feel insecure about having to walk slow, use motorized carts, park in a handicap parking even though my disability is not easily seen. I suffer from a lot of weakness on my left side and have fallen at home and need to be careful when I’m in public. My disability embarrasses me. I share it on here through the comfort of just using my words but showing my physical limitations makes me insecure and I’m not the only disabled person to feel that way I’m sure.
I am angry and sad that Kanye stopped his show and singled out two people, who have gone through something that left them permanently disabled and more than likely embarrassed them in front of thousands of people. All for the sake of his ego and wanting to make sure he was getting enough attention. Really Kanye do you lack attention? Are you so insecure about yourself that you feel the need to call out people possibly making them feel bad? If so you are in the wrong business and you owe those two fans of yours who spent their money to come see your show an apology and more. Maybe you didn’t mean to make them feel bad, I sincerely hope there was no bad intentions on your part. The problem is that like so many people who have not dealt with a lifelong injury or disability it never occurred to you that what you were doing was rude and insulting. I probably never would have gone to a Kanye concert, his music isn’t really my style but now I never would for the fact that I’d have to risk being singled out and made to feel embarrassed over a medical condition I have no control over. What about all the people who got disabled serving our country should they have to be singled out and humiliated for not standing up to boost the inflated ego of a rapper? I think not and I’m disgusted by his actions. Who is he to require proof that someone is disabled in order to sit down at a concert?
I also think that misunderstanding or not, he still was asking people if they had a disability, which is not his business. He owes them and everyone else living with a disability an apology and I think what he did is disgusting.