Photo by Joshua Mellin
Over the weekend, Kanye West made headlines for reportedly “shaming” wheelchair-bound attendees of his concerts into standing. While subsequent video suggested Kanye was simply joking, the rapper still made a point to address the incident and, more specifically, the media’s portrayal of it, during his show in Brisbane, Australia on Monday.
“Welcome to today’s news, ladies and gentlemen,” Kanye sarcastically proclaimed to the audience. “We got Americans getting killed on TV, we have kids getting killed every week in Chicago, we have unarmed people being killed by police officers, and we have Kanye West with an ice cream cone,” he said, referencing the now-infamous viral photo.
Kanye went on to call the media’s coverage of him a “little more sensationalized” than other stories, adding, “they got this thing where they want the masses, people who never even heard one of my albums, to somehow read a headline that reads negative and to think I’m a bad person or something.”
When in reality, Kanye continued, “I’m a married Christian man with a family — at my concerts, I make sure everybody has as a good of time as possible.”
Kanye also poked fun at the idea of people being offended by him and his music. “That’s my brand: I curse and I say really offensive things,” he said. “This is rap fucking music. This is real music. This is real expression. This is real artistry. An artist’s career doesn’t happen in a cycle of one week of news. An artist career happens in a lifetime — and if you’re a true artist, you’re willing to die for what you believe in.”
Kanye concluded his comments by saying, “Pick a new target, because I’m not one of those dumb ass artists you’re use to.”