Someone Needs to Explain Ableism to Kanye West

Kanye West performs live for fans at Qantas Credit Union Arena in Sydney Sept. 12, 2014.
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Kanye West performs live for fans at Qantas Credit Union Arena in Sydney Sept. 12, 2014.
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Somewhere along the way, Kanye West has not only lost his sense of humor—he's also lost compassion. But that's assuming he ever had any to begin with. Over the weekend, Mr. Kardashian showed just how much of an egomaniac he can be, and his targets were disabled concert attendees.

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During a show at the Qantas Credit Union Arena in Sydney, the leather-jogging-pants wearer noticed that not everyone was standing on his or her feet. And one can assume, if West's presence is a present, that one must stand and show appreciation.

"I can't do this show until everybody stand up," he ranted. "Unless you got a handicap pass, and you get special parking and s—t."

In the audience, one concertgoer had a prosthetic leg, which the person waved in the air, after West asked for confirmation.

And this is where the definition of ableism comes into play. Ableism is the discrimination or prejudice against individuals with disabilities. Also, in regards to ableism, if a person does have a disability, it's discriminatory if you try to have that person prove it. Apparently no one taught West this.

West then noticed another person sitting and wanted to know why.

"Is he in a wheelchair?" West asked, pointing to the man.

Then the crowd joined in, yelling, "Stand up!"

Imagine being a disabled person in the audience who couldn't stand up.

"It's literally two people left," West said to a booing audience.

"This is the longest I've had to wait," West stated. "Now, if he's in a wheelchair, it's fine. Only if he's in a wheelchair."

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Finally a security guard pointed out that the man was, in fact, in a wheelchair.

At this point, I can only assume that people attend West's concerts just to see what type of rant and antics he'll pull. 

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