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Kanye West Dismisses Media Criticism Following Wheelchair Whiplash

Sharmake Bouraleh | PopWrapped Author

Sharmake Bouraleh

09/17/2014 8:50 pm
PopWrapped | Music
Kanye West Dismisses Media Criticism Following Wheelchair Whiplash | kanye west
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There it goes again; the media doing what it does best: not being PopWrapped. Oh, and blowing things out of proportion and slamming celebrities as though they're not humans because of their fame. In what others describe as the already-discrediting "rant" -- (just that word alone paints him in a negative light, as though he's an unstable individual who is prone to angry, uncontrolled outbursts; and thus, not to be trusted) -- Kanye voiced his frustrations with the media, as always, distorting or blowing up everything he says. I jumped at the chance to do this article because I think it's interesting how everyone is quick to bash a celebrity or sort of glorify while simultaneously dehumanizing them as objects for our consumption and regurgitation, going to lengths to disrespect, insult and breach their privacy. I'm of the (apparently unpopular) opinion that Kanye wasn't all that in the wrong. By now, anyone of us who have access to social media have heard about Kanye's reasonable request for everyone at his concert to get up and dance; why else would you go to a concert, if not to dance and sing along? Why would you pay good (or bad? does money have a morality?) money to attend a concert and not let loose and dance about and have fun singing with your favourite artist/band/intergalactic space alien with a raging case of cosmic herpes? The artist should be well within his rights to have everyone dance as they're putting on a performance, and time and energy and passion into entertaining you, and they want you to enjoy it. He's giving it his all, and he wants you to give 110% too. Why is he going to waste his time on fans who paid money and not get their money's worth and give him the respect/due he deserves? So, Kanye wanted all his fans to stand up and dance. Not so unreasonable, right? Problem was, there were a few members who were handicapped and thus unable to get up and dance. Kanye was unaware of this, and to verify the claims that audience members made, he sent his bodyguard to check it out. However, it's not as though Kanye was a heartless and thoughtless monster. He quite explicitly said, "I can't do this show until everybody stands up.

Unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and shit."

Right from the jump, he preempted any claims of ableism by acknowledging that there were handicapped people in the crowd, and with them as the exception, everyone else was to stand up and boogie, with hands thrown high enough to touch the sky. As far as Kanye knew, people weren't dancing while he was giving his soul to perform a song, and that's disrespectful to any artist. If I was in his shoes, I would've done the same. They call Mariah Carey a diva? If I'm ain't seen nothin' yet. Kanye (are we on first name terms, 'Ye? Or nickname terms? Should I refer to you as West or Mr. West?) has reportedly described it as "bullshit blown out of proportion", and quite frankly, I agree. The media will do anything to demonize someone who refuses to conform to its societal ideals, and when someone like Kanye West comes along who speaks his mind (and the truth) and says "fuck you" to the racist rules and discriminatory decrees set in place by those before us, you can imagine how much of a field day the media will have. Personally, I think the media just has it in for Kanye. He pulled that stunt with Taylor Swift, saying that he believed Beyonce had a better album, and everyone flipped their shit. A few years later, Taylor is joining Miley on the Racist-And-Privileged-Lets-Appropriate-And-Glamorize-A-Culture-Without-Sharing-Or-Understanding-Its-Struggles Train to I'm-Pretty-Inconsiderate-And-My-Racist-And-Problematic-Actions-Prove-Such-ville. (See: Taylor Swift's video for Shake It Off and Buzzfeed's explanation for why it's problematic.) He was warning us.
Kanye West Courtesy of
He called out former U.S. President George W. Bush for not caring about black people, a statement few dare to contend. But then again, Bush didn't care for many people, seeing as he invaded countries and condoned the murder of countless innocent lives in the Middle East under the guise of "liberating" them from tyranny and spreading "democracy" (a system that is faulty and broken in the US/Americas, as is the so-called "Justice" System) to other areas when it's not even working here. C'mon now, we all know the real reason. Let's not play dumb or coy now. You can have Robert Downey Jr. be cocky or confident or self-assured and say he deserved an award, but when Kanye does it and says he's worthy of the award he received, suddenly he's a cocky asshole or an arrogant douchebag. We also know the reason for why there's such a stark dichotomy. We weren't born yesterday. I've covered this already: Kanye explicitly called for the people who were not handicapped to stand and wasn't in the wrong for wanting to verify such. He's even shown that he's "learned from his 'mistake'" by clarifying yet again that "Everybody who is not in a wheelchair or handicapped will stand up...If you can not prove to me that you are in a wheelchair you need to be standing, if you can it is okay to sit down" when addressing the Brisbane crowd at his concert. I heard 'em say shit about you, 'Ye; don't worry, Sharmake's got your back and shuttin' down the haters. You can continue living the good life, complete with flashing lights and gold diggers before it all falls down.  Remember, they can't tell you nothin' and you simply grow stronger with each day. There will always be those who think him to be bound to society's rules, but he just keeps on carving the path for black artists and those who don't have time for bullshit formalities. After all, when you're Yeezus, every day is just another armageddon.

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