This weekend you may have seen angry Facebook posts from friends and family saying that the "crazy" Kanye West made fun of a wheelchair-bound fan at his Australian concert for not being able to stand up before performing one of his songs.
Though we love to rail on West for his egotistical antics, the story is a bit different than that. As you can see at the 1:00 mark, West does implore the audience to stand up, he quickly realizes his mistake at around the 2:30 mark when he calls out two fans for not standing. After seeing that one is in a wheelchair he says that it's "fine" and continues playing as usual.
The moral of the story? West is not entirely some self-serving ego monster and even knows how to laugh at himself a bit when he makes a mistake. Is he a bit of a dingus? Sure. But leave the outrage at the door, please.
This little guy is a testament to all of us for facing life's challenges and overcoming them.
Meet Mercury: a 7-week-old kitten who loves to run, jump, play and wrestle. The only thing that sets him apart from any other kitten is that fact that he's missing his front two legs and most of his toes. It's believed that Mercury was the victim of a weed whacker incident, based on yard work that had been done around the neighborhood. He was taken in and nursed back to health. Despite his challenges, he is able to run and play like most any other kitten!
Way to go, Mercury!
Zurich advocacy group Pro Infirmis created this moving video in which mannequins were created not in the form of perfection, but to display bodies of the disabled with diseases like scoliosis or those with missing limbs. The mannequins were displayed in department store windows with the hope that they would bring further awareness to narrow expectations of fashion and support the acceptance of those with disabilities.
Three years after a rocket-propelled grenade blew off Private Jaco van Gass's left arm while he was serving in Afghanistan, the 25-year-old South African is busy testing an invention of his own design -- a prosthetic ice axe -- as he prepares to climb Mount Everest in May, alongside five fellow injured servicemen.
"I came up with the idea to attach an ice axe to one of my prosthetics, so I kind of challenged the guys at Headley Court (a military rehab center in the U.K.) to see how we could get this done. ... The ice axe is there for back-up. Once we do stuff like the Lhotse ice face and the Hillary Step, it might come into aid. It's there for the places where I could slip and I'm not attached to a fixed rope."