Kanye West is known for his concert antics and demanding behavior — but the two combined in the most unfortunate way at his recent arena concert in Sydney. In the middle of his show, West apparently refused to continue singing until every single audience member stood up and pointed out two people specifically. One of whom was in a wheelchair.
As the insufferably awkward video below shows, it’s a classic “EVERYBODY GET ON YOUR FEET” concert moment. Except most artists just start playing the song after 30 seconds or so, regardless of who’s sitting down.
Not Kanye West. “Y’all having a good time so far?” West says at one point while performing at Qantas Credit Union Arena on Friday. “I decided I can’t do this song — I can’t do the rest of this show until everybody stands up.”
The camera pans around the arena, showing everybody screaming and cheering, motioning for others to stand. The music remains at a standstill as West reiterates that, no, really, he’s not going to start singing again until everyone is on their feet.
Then, West walks over to a lower section to his right and points out someone. “Is he in a wheelchair?” he asks. The crowd starts booing. The awkwardness continues as the arena starts chanting “Stand up! Stand up! Stand up!”
West continues to stand there, looking in their direction with the microphone. “There’s literally two people left,” he says. “There’s two people left. They don’t want to stand up.”
More boos. “This is the longest I’ve had to wait to do a song,” West says, sounding annoyed. “It’s unbelievable.”
Then, sensing something might be up, West adds, “Now, if he is in a wheelchair, it’s fine.” He asks: “Is he in a wheelchair right there?” pointing over to the offending section.
“YES!” screams the entire section of people. West asks a couple more times before he’s finally satisfied. The Daily Mail Australia reports that West eventually sent over his bodyguard to check whether the fan was actually wheelchair-bound.
“Okay,” West says, launching into his song “Good Life” as the audience screams and cheers along.
Social media, of course, blew up after the incident — though the Daily Mail reminds everyone that one time, West gifted his microphone to a fan in a wheelchair, just because.