Does Kanye Only Claim Mental Illness When it’s Convenient for Him?

Written by on 17 December 2018

During the unforgettable, free-wheeling, rambling tirade in the White House a few months ago, a frenetic Kanye West all but said that a reported diagnosis of his mental illness was erroneous and, he didn’t suffer from any mental disorders except for his self-purported genius. “Mental illness” almost seemed beyond him and, he couldn’t dare be associated with anything that might equate to anything that lessened him or his genius. Yeah, we know how arrogant and ignorant he can be, but this was on another level of ridiculousness.

However, fast forward to the current Twitter beef with Drake. Ariana Grande weighed in on the spectacle and Kanye tweeted for the world to see that “all of this foolishness weighed on my mental health so @ArianaGrande you know I got love for you but until you’re ready to really make sure everyone’s ok don’t use me or this moment to promote a song.”

Wait, so now he’s admitting that his mental health is precarious and he could actually have some sort of mental illness? This seems like a huge pivot and a convenient way to dismiss/excuse his behavior while soliciting sympathy at the same time.

The problem with Kanye’s back-and-forth is mental illness isn’t convenient; it’s not a joke; and it shouldn’t be denied since it’s a very real topic that many people deal with on a daily basis. The whole fact that Ye is oftentimes so quick to distance himself from mental illness sends the wrong message that people with mental illness should be ashamed which furthers the problem of stigmatizing the disorders. In turn, this sends people into the shadows, afraid to discuss their conditions and, even worse, afraid to seek much-needed help.

Kanye, whether or not you truly suffer from any mental health issues, don’t use it when it’s convenient for you. Acknowledge that mental health issues are chronic issues that can’t be “wished” away. Mental health issues are never anything to diminish, and definitely nothing to be ashamed of. Instead of engaging in Twitter wars, maybe Ye could use his huge, global platform to bring further awareness to mental health issues and use his “genius” to reshape the narrative.

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