A (mental) breakdown of Kanye West’s final remarks
Celebrity life may seem fun at first, but ultimately the excitement everything falls. And for Kanye West, things don’t just fall apart, everything falls apart. After his first presidential campaign speech in Charleston, South Carolina, he began to receive unfavorable publicity.
Some may think that âall publicity is good publicityâ, but when you are running for President, this proverb may not be so applicable.
During his presidential campaign, West allowed a few members of the public to speak on stage on issues that affected them. Topics ranged from educational inequality to police brutality. West also touched on a wide range of topics that were important to him, such as his battle with opioids and his business relationship with Adidas, before developing his pro-life stance.
His stance on abortion is one of the many reasons West started trending on Twitter. While discuss it, Kanye burst into tears. He spoke of his mother “saving her life” after her father wanted to abort her, and of his wife having their first child “even when I didn’t want it”.
âI almost killed my daughter,â he said. âI love my daughterâ¦ God wants us to create.
What struck the audience were the emotions that invaded the rapper. Kanye burst into tears and barely managed to utter the rest of his words.
âMore Plan B – Plan A,â he said, to a mixed response from the audience.
Although West then made it clear that he believes abortion should be legal, he believes there should be more support for those who need it, and even mentioned giving $ 1 million to those in need. children.
The emotional moment was not the first position that caught people off guard; this is what followed.
(Harriet Tubmanâ¦ I’m sorry in advance.)
Kanye sparked many black onlookers after shouting a defamatory statement about Harriet Tubman, also known as “the Moses of his people. “
West proudly claimed that the historic icon “never actually freed slaves.” Instead, “She just asked the slaves to go and work for other white people.”
This was the moment West received several loud moans in disagreement, while others, like Toni Fulton and his sister, left the gathering.
What was very unsettling to many was that this wasn’t West’s first callous comment about the traumas that linger in black history. In 2018, West told TMZ, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years … For 400 years? It sounds like a choice.
Toni Fulton, a member of the public at the West rally, said The Washington Post, “We are young black women and there weren’t many of us in the roomâ¦ We know better than to be in a space we weren’t brought up in. While he was saying a lot of crazy things that didn’t offend us. not directly, it was offensive and it was no longer appropriate for us to be there.
As if things couldn’t take a harsher turn, West took to Twitter with back-to-back tweets.
The rant started with a single tweet from Michael Jackson’s music video for his song “Black or White”.
Many didn’t think much about it until a storm of tweets appeared on West’s Twitter account. And not only was it raining, it was raining.
In deleted since tweets, West posted the following:
– “I put my life on my god that Norths’ mother would never photograph her playing playboy and it’s on god I’m at the ranchâ¦ come get me.”
– ” I love my wife. My family must live next to me. It’s no longer E or NBC.
– “NBC locked up Bill Cosby.”
– “Kim was trying to fly to Wyoming with a doctor to lock me up like in the movie Get Out because I cried for saving my daughter’s life yesterday.”
He finally tweeted: “Everyone knows the movie is about me.”
While some people thought it was Kanye trying to expose the media or send a hidden message about Hollywood corruption, Kim Kardashian said otherwise.
On her Instagram, Kim made a declaration regarding Kanye’s mental health and bipolar disorder, and asked the audience to understand.
With the damage already done, a few good friends from West have flown to Wyoming after the controversial series of events. Justin Bieber and Dave Chappelle visited West at his Wyoming ranch.
After facing her own trials and tribulations in Hollywood, Chappelle could most likely sympathize with her dear friend. And while there have been mixed feelings about West lately, he seems to have a pretty good support system.
Support is good – understanding is golden.
West may have a good support system within his inner circle, but having the understanding of the audience can benefit not only West, but those who are going through the same struggle.
There have been plenty of jokes regarding his mental state on Twitter and other social media platforms, not to mention the undoing of the culture behind every window and tab. But that’s just one great example of why mental illness should be discussed more.
Mental illness has always been considered a taboo, and when you’re a celebrity going through it, people call you crazy – like what happened to Britney Spears in 2007.
Kanye West is no different.
If mental illness is not called “crazy” it is considered to be as real as unicorns. From generation to generation, there has been a stigma related to mental health, especially within the black community.
McLean Hospital recently released a item on black mental health and some of the reasons there is such a stigma surrounding it.
Quoting Christine M. Crawford, MD, MPH, the article reads: âFrom these historical misconceptions we have learned to ignore mental illness or to call it other terms, like ‘stress’ and ” to be tired. “”
The article continues: âThe nuanced descriptions of depression and other mental illnesses that the black community have adopted and passed on from generation to generation have led to the effects and impact of mental health problems being underestimated. It also reinforced beliefs that a psychiatric disorder is a personal weakness. Crawford explained that “all of these factors have created a culture of fear and ignorance of mental illness.” “
Many say that since West’s mother passed away, her sanity has never been the same, which Kim Kardashian also pointed out in her Instagram post. “She is a brilliant but complicated person who, in addition to the pressures of being an artist and a black man, who has lived through the painful loss of his mother, and who has to deal with the increased pressure and isolation by his bipolar disorder. “
Twitter memes and jokes centered around West’s recent episode may last for now, but mental health is an ongoing topic that needs to be treated with concern. And the black community is not the only community that stigmatizes mental illness. Mental health isn’t biased, so while Twitter is fun, we need to remember to approach mental health with empathy.