Just a week and a half after announcing his presidential bid, Kanye West supposedly drops out of the race. Steve Kramer, West’s advisor, told the Intelligencer, “He’s out”.
Kanye West has long been known for his boisterous, unapologetic attitude. Rarely shy, he makes his opinions known to all. Who can forget the time he spoke out on national television, interrupted Taylor Swift at the VMAs, or even tweeted that Bill Cosby was innocent? More recently, he has been vocal on his support for Donald Trump, proclaiming, “I love this guy…” during a meeting in the Oval Office. Even more recently; however, in an interview with Forbes, West announced that he is done with Trump.
Seemingly in one breath, he announced that he no longer supports Trump and would be running against him this year. Calling his party the “Birthday Party” (because if he wins, it’ll be everybody’s birthday), he wants to use the fictional city of Wakanda as a model for science and technology while also bringing God back into the White House.
In the middle of all this presidential drama, West himself was reported to be going through a serious bipolar episode. According to People Magazine, his family was extremely concerned.
“Kim is concerned, as well as her whole family. It’s super stressful for Kim, because Kanye’s behavior is very unpredictable. She is worried,” the source adds. “The episodes usually last for a few weeks and then things go back to normal. Kim hopes it will be the same this time.”Pasquini, Maria. “Kanye West Is ‘Struggling’ with Bipolar Disorder as Rapper Says He Wants to Be President: Source.” 9 July 2020, http://www.people.com/music/kanye-west-struggling-bipolar-disorder-kim-kardashian-concerned-source/
This is not the first time his bipolar episodes have gotten the better of him. In an interview with TMZ, he famously declared that slavery was a choice. He later apologized in an interview with Chicago’s WGCI.
“If you deal with someone that’s bipolar, that’s ramped up” — a term West used frequently over the course of the interview — “They might say something that’s their truth, that’s how they feel, in a way that’s not going to make you feel comfortable.”Klinkenberg, Brendan. Kanye West Apologizes for Slavery Comment, Reiterates Trump Support. 29 Aug. 2018, http://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/kanye-west-apologizes-slavery-comment-trump-support-717092/
Kanye West’s bipolar episodes have caused and continue to cause media outrage. His more pessimistic fans would say he is garnering media attention in anticipation for a new release. This is a dangerous thought as clearly his antics don’t just impact him, but also his family. Is Kanye West the type of person to put stress on his family just for publicity? Or is he truly a victim of his own mental health, with a platform big enough and an audience vocal enough to cause as much drama as he does?