Kanye West reschedules tour dates after Kim’s traumatizing Paris robbery

Following Kim Kardashian’s robbery in Paris early Monday morning, Kanye West rescheduled two dates on his “Saint Pablo” tour. His Philadelphia and Detroit appearances, originally scheduled for Oct. 4 and 6 respectively, have now been pushed back to Dec. 13 for Philly and Dec. 22 for Detroit. Other than these two dates, the tour will resume Oct. 7 as normal in Chicago. Tour promoter Live Nation has confirmed in a public statement that the schedule change is “due to family concerns,” and that tickets for the original Philadelphia and Detroit concerts will still be valid for the new dates.

West was informed of the robbery while performing at the Meadows Festival in New York. He abruptly stopped 45 minutes into his set, telling the audience, “I’m sorry, I have a family emergency. I have to stop the show,” before walking offstage. Audience members were not exactly sympathetic, particularly as his set was the closer for the festival and had already started 30 minutes late; once West left the stage, they started booing and shouting for refunds. (In case you were wondering, it looks like the Meadows won’t be refunding attendees for his truncated show.) As for Kardashian, she’s now safely back in the U.S. with a seriously beefed-up security detail consisting of a 15-car motorcade and at least temporarily several police officers.

Kanye & Kim
CREDIT: Michael Stewart/Getty Images

Now, you’d think a woman being bound, gagged, and robbed at gunpoint in a foreign country, losing approximately $11 million of jewelry and money, and fearing she might get murdered would elicit some empathy from the American public. Nope. Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O’Brien didn’t lose any time in making jokes about Kardashian’s ordeal, with cracks mocking her fame and sexuality rather than targeting her attackers. WTF, Kimmel and O’Brien? I thought you guys were cool. James Corden, however, decided not to go down that road, opting instead to tweet: “People making jokes about @KimKardashian tonight would do well to remember that she’s a mother, a daughter, a wife, a friend. Be nice or shut up.” When Corden is the voice of reason, you know we’ve screwed up somewhere.

Although people aren’t going in quite so hard on West’s personal life — it’s not as bad for men to be unashamed of their celebrity; who knew, right? — the empathy deficiency is still pretty apparent there. Many of the replies to the Meadows Festival announcement regarding West cutting his performance short are solely about refunds, with no mention of what his wife went through.

To be fair, if I paid triple-digit figures to see an A-list rapper perform in New York and then only got half a show, I’d want some money back, too. But I hope I’d be able to react in a way that acknowledged the seriousness of Kardashian’s situation, not one that trivialized her and West’s suffering just because they’re famous.