AceShowbiz - %cKanye West% hits back at reports claiming he singled out disabled fans at his recent show in Sydney. The rapper halted his Brisbane, Australia show on Monday, September 15 to address the controversy and talk about how the media "sensationalizes" news in a five-minute rant.
"Welcome to today's news, ladies and gentlemen. 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 told the crowd.
He then slammed media for making him look like "a bad person" while in reality, he's "a married Christian man with a family." Calling their coverage of him a "little more sensationalized," he explained, "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."
During his rant, West also talked about 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 f**king 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."
"Pick a new target, because I'm not one of those dumb a** artists you're use to," he concluded.
Some people criticized West after he stopped his show in Sydney late last week and asked concertgoers to stand up "unless you got a handicap pass where you get special parking and s**t."
"There's two people left that ain't standing up," West said when he spotted two people remaining on their seats. He finally continued his show after receiving confirmation that the two fans were handicapped. "Now if he's in a wheelchair, then that's fine. He in a wheelchair? OK," he said.
After the news made headlines, a source told PEOPLE that the whole thing's being blown out of proportion. "There was no malicious intent to offend," the source said. "Anyone that has been to a Kanye concert knows that he asks for crowd participation."