We Need To Talk About Kanye!

Janeth Mwasa

Everybody knows Kanye West and his shenanigans. Don’t forget the random Twitter rants with other music artists such as Wiz Khalifa and Taylor Swift.

Back in January the whole world watched Kanye West crazily disrespecting Wiz Khalifa on a Twitter rant by mentioning the rapper’s ex-wife (Amber Rose) and his child, Sebastian (age 3). We saw Kanye claiming that Wiz Khalifa let a stripper (meaning Amber Rose) trap him, ‘you let a stripper trap you’.

He also said numerous more quotes:


‘I know you mad every time you look at your child that this girl got you for 18 years’


‘I am your OG and I will be respected as such’


‘you wouldn’t have a child if it wasn’t for me’


‘I own your child’.


All of this was just the tip of the iceberg. For me personally I felt very uncomfortable to read what Kanye West was saying. Also the constants attacks on Amber Rose whose also his ex-girlfriend, makes me feel uncomfortable and dehumanising as a woman. But, although I wouldn’t consider myself as a Kanye fan, music wise I think he is a great artist, and someone with great talents.

Putting his twitter rants and random behaviour aside, earlier this week (November 21) the ‘Life of Pablo’ rapper was reportedly hospitalised after having a breakdown in the middle of his own concert. He was apparently late to his own show and only performed for 30mins before hell broke loose.

Amid reports was that the cause of the breakdown was ‘deeper than sleep deprivation and dehydration’. The rapper was performing in Sacramento for his ‘Saint Pablo’ tour when he started behaving ‘erratically’ which followed a rant about Beyoncé and his former friend and collaborator Jay Z. During the rant Kanye claims that Jay Z is planning on having him killed. This was a massive shock to everyone there. A video later surfaced the net of Snoop Dogg making a joke out of it and the audience booing Kanye.

Could Kanye’s latest erratic behaviour be more than just Kanye ‘acting up’ or being ‘crazy’ again?

Kanye has been undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at UCLA Medical Center which stirred out rumours that Kanye might be suffering from a mental disorder called Psychosis or depression. An NHS description of Psychosis is ‘a mental health problem that causes people to perceive or interpret things differently from those around them. this might involve hallucinations or delusions.’

So if this was true that Kanye West if suffering from this mental health disorder, this might explain why he acts the way he acts at times. Also do not forget that Kanye’s mother past away in November 2007, and critics are claiming that Kanye behaviour tends to change dramatically around these times because they think that Kanye blames himself for the death of his mother. We also know that Kanye has been going through some financial problems and that he has made it clear to the world that he is in a lot of debt. So all of this going on in his life could be the cause of his mental disorder.

Suffering from a mental health disorder is not a joke. I have seen many cases where famous people are suffering from a mental health problem but they don’t want to admit it. Think about the Britney Spears meltdown in 2007 for example. Many people were making jokes about it. It was out of order because this woman was suffering from drug addiction and depression. So a similar thing is happening with Kanye West. People on the internet are being inconsiderate. I know Kanye West is not the easiest musician to like, but we have to stop and think about what is really going on here before posting silly comments. The human race needs to learn how to be kind to each other.

Also, stereotypes of mental health disorders need to stop and people need to start realising that this is serious and when people are going through this type of hardship, the best thing to do is to give them the support and help they need. This also includes celebrities. I think most people forget that celebrities are also human beings; they have feelings, they can get hurt, they make mistakes. So instead of lashing out on Kanye West and being quick to judge his latest behaviour, think first and evaluate the situation.

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