okay here is the thing about the Kanye - ableist thing and no i wan’t there but yes i’ve watched the video.
do i think the media has blown it out of proportion and unsurprisingly got the point/problem totally wrong - yes. he didn’t ask someone in a wheelchair to stand up, and i’m sure it was just to rev the crowd up.
but do i think that it was probo as fuck -yes.
here is why, just imagine for a second that that was you in the wheelchair. it was fucking ages in ‘whole stadium staring at me’ time before he was like are they in a wheelchair and the people who could see the person was like, uhm yes. i sure as shit would not want that kind of spotlighted attention on me.
secondly, as a person with an invisible illness, i know personally not everyone has a handicap parking permit or a wheelchair or any other kind of physical “proof” they’re disabled, and fuck the notion anyone needs to validate their disabled-ness to anyone, especially at a gig you payed lots of money for, in front of a room full of strangers, to a obscenely rich famous guy.
so yeah, i think it was shit. the end.
I would have thrown my fucking crutches at him. One for me & one for my partner who has no outward signs of her disability to throw. (Also, my handicap parking permit lives IN MY CAR)