Kim Kardashian Defends Kanye West After Wheelchair Controversy & They're Both Missing the Point
It probably comes as no surprise to anyone by now, but Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are the real deal. If we hadn't gotten that from their numerous interviews and, in West's case, songs praising each other, then Wendy Williams eating crow for doubting Kimye should have probably put any lingering doubts of our own to rest. However, West is once again making headlines for an obnoxious moment when West got angry with a wheelchair-bound fan for not standing during a concert and then went on to somehow try and twist himself into the victim of the situation. Kardashian is backing him up like the protective supporter that she is. After all, the Kardashian Klan is no stranger to negative press. According to her, the West wheelchair incident never actually happened.
Kardashian posted an Instagram video of the concert on Monday along with a message to all to all of the haters out there: "What an amazing Australian tour! It's frustrating that something so awesome could be clouded by lies in the media. Kanye never asked anyone in a wheel chair to stand up and the audience videos show that. He asked for everyone to stand up and dance UNLESS they were in a wheel chair. #JustWantedEveryoneToHaveAFunNight #TheMediaTwistsThings."
To be fair, Kardashian has a point. West made everyone in the stadium wait for him to start his next song because one person refused to stand up — and that person turned out to be in a wheelchair. Eventually, once West understood that, he said it was fine and continued with the concert. Yes, he singled the person out for being unable to get up with everyone else, but it wasn't intentionally done and it's not like he could see from where he was standing on the stage that he was speaking to a person with a true disability.
The media backlash, however, has less to do with what West did and more to do with how West did it. His insistence that the show couldn't go on until everyone stood up — his very, very long and overly drawn out insistence — is what blew the situation way out of proportion when it ended the way that it did. Even worse, West's refusal to apologize for the mistake and the way that he handled it (seriously? A disabled person shouldn't have to prove to you that they are disabled before you leave them alone, Mr. West!) is ensuring that people will keep talking about this for a long time.
Apologizing for the incident would have allowed everyone to more or less move on until the next time West pulls an obnoxious stunt, but it appears that the Kardashian-West family won't be taking the high road on this one. An accident is an accident, but what West did really crossed the line and to ignore that is to enable behavior from him that we really don't want to see continue. Hopefully, even if an apology isn't forthcoming, West has learned his lesson enough not to do something like this again.