Over the weekend Kanye West became object to the media's giddy ire when he paused his show at the Qantas Credit Union Arena in Sydney, Australia, to tease the couple of concertgoers who lingered in their seats after he'd goaded the rest of the crowd to their feet. However, it turned out those two fans had good reason to remain seated: one wore a prosthetic leg and the other was wheelchair-bound. Upon realizing this, Kanye shut-up and finished the show.
It was an embarrassing incident, but not exactly beyond the pale. And so last night in Brisbane, his final stop in Australia, the controversy-prone star used his nightly rant to take the media -- namely, the Today Show's Matt Lauer -- to task for their "sensationalized" coverage.
"Welcome to today's news, ladies and gentlemen," he said, stepping into his well-worn media critic shoes. "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."
After a few more minutes of good natured noodling about the "big media press news and obvious shit where [they] try to demonize people" and his artistry ("This is rap fucking music, this is real expression... And doesn't it seem like I might just be slightly a true artist?"), he offered the media this advice: “Pick a new target, because I’m not one of those dumb ass artists you’re use to.” Then, again, he shut-up and finished the show.