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For his latest concert gaffe, Kanye West tells fan in a wheelchair to stand up
It was awkward.
During Friday night’s Sydney leg of the Yeezus tour at Qantas Union Arena, Kanye West pulled another rude public gaffe. He reportedly stopped his performance, insisting that two seated handicapped fans get on their feet.
According to the Daily Mail, West couldn’t see why they were seated. But once he became savvy to his gaffe, he continued the song.
It’s a standard trick West has rolled out during this tour—stopping proceedings to elicit extra fan enthusiasm. He had the same canned rant last week in Melbourne.
Here, it backfired in a clunky moment, as he told all fans they needed to be on their feet, “Unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and shit.” Once a fan waived a prosthetic limb at West, he changed gears.
“OK, you fine.”
West stopped “Good Life” when another fan stayed seated, then sent his bodyguard, Pascal Duvier, into the audience to cross-reference the perceived hater in attendance.
“This is the longest I’ve had to wait to do a song, it’s unbelievable,” West said, adding, “If he’s in a wheelchair, it’s fine.”
Eventually, Duvier confirmed the wheelchair and West continued the show.
Watch video of the incident below.
Screengrab via Peter Galbraith/YouTube
Ramon Ramirez is the news director, and formerly the Dot's entertainment editor and evening editor. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Grantland, Washington City Paper, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monitor.