Daily killjoy reminder that Monica Lewinski was a twenty-three-year-old intern seduced by the most powerful man in the world and as a result had her life destroyed to the point where she was essentially forced out of the country and now, twenty years later, she is still just a punch line rather than a human being with a master’s degree.
And killjoy reminder that your feminist hero Beyoncé is one of the people perpetrating this.
|—||Charles Bukowski (via gebeine)|
what if instead of gender we all had pokemon types
Even pokemon have genders
Anytime anything involves Kanye West, the media is going to overreact and turn it into something else.
Case in point. Kanye has made it a custom to stop the music and talk to the crowd at his concerts. Sometimes its about serious topics, sometimes its positive and uplifting, sometimes its just whatever.
But no matter WHAT he says, it’s automatically labeled a “rant”. I remember the other week he stopped his concert to give an update on the new yeezy shoes and someone uploaded the video to YouTube. The video was “Kanye Rant: Yeezy Updates”
The man wasn’t ranting about shoes. When you automatically label someone’s word as a “Rant” no matter what they say, you’re subtly discrediting them painting them as unstable.
But anyway, back to the subject at hand. If you really watched the video you’ll see Kanye ask everyone in the stadium to stand up. When Kanye saw some people weren’t standing, he asked why and the crowd told him they were disabled. So he said “aight cool” and then started the song.
That’s all that happened.
Somehow that turned into “Kanye Berates Man In Wheelchair For Not Standing” in the media.
I’ve seen the video; Kanye didn’t just ask everyone to stand and say a’ight. He refused to perform the song unless everyone stood up, and he asked the audience to police that—which they did through pointing people out, booing, and chanting “stand up!”
He knew within a minute of his request that someone was in a wheelchair. So, despite already knowing he had at least one disabled person in the audience (or even just assuming there would be at least a few because a fifth of the population is disabled), he saw two people still weren’t standing and called them out. Rather than taking their word, he felt it was his right to determine whether these people met his standards for and assumptions about disability, so he made them prove their disability to him and the rest of the audience. One of those people resorted to taking off their prosthetic leg and waving it over their head.
Here’s the thing: disabled people have a right to exist in public without catering to your curiosity, suspicion, or ignorant assumptions. It’s not a disabled person’s responsibility to prove to you that their disability exists or what they’re capable of, nor to justify why they aren’t behaving as an able-bodied person. Public spaces and events don’t belong to able-bodied people; able-bodied people don’t have more of a right to them. And that’s not even the sole reason this “prove it” bullshit is problematic; there are actually a ton of disabled folks who don’t even have visible disabilities to offer as proof.
So, I don’t care if he didn’t actually “berate” someone in a wheelchair. He doesn’t get a cookie just because his ignorant, ableist bullshit didn’t go so far as hopping off the stage, tipping them out of their wheelchairs, and yelling “why aren’t you standing?” It’s still not ok. And we shouldn’t be dismissing that just because we like him or because he catches a disproportionate amount of shit from the media about other stuff.