Kanye has gone too far – neither his ‘genius’ or mental health are excuses


West’s more and more erratic behaviour has been actually unhappy to see (Image: GC Pictures/Getty Pictures)

To say that Kanye West is not any stranger to controversy is likely to be an understatement, however he should still have triggered some shock along with his newest Instagram put up. 

The picture, since deleted, depicted a photoshopped newspaper bearing the headline ‘Skete Davidson Lifeless At Age 28.’

West’s put up is the newest in a protracted line of threatening statements in the direction of Pete Davidson — who the rapper has taken to calling ‘Skete’ for causes that make sense solely to him — because the Saturday Evening Stay alumnus started relationship West’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian

The couple lately ended their relationship, probably prompting West’s Instagram put up, which to him in all probability felt like a gloating justification of his earlier actions.

West’s insistence on inserting himself into the non-public issues of a relationship he has no involvement in (irrespective of how a lot he might imagine he does) is typical of the artist, who treats each interplay as if he’s the primary character. 

It’s troublesome to look at, not least as a result of the rapper has a lot to supply exterior of the fixed drama and scandals during which he entangles himself. 

Whereas most people — myself included —  have beforehand given West a go on the subject of his embarrassing behaviour resulting from his troublesome private circumstances and psychological well being struggles, this incident could also be a bridge too far even for him.

Different incidents in West’s months-long marketing campaign towards the previous couple embrace the rapper releasing a music video that depicts the kidnapping and assault of Pete Davidson, and sharing non-public textual content messages from Kim Kardashian’s telephone on social media.

Whereas West has beforehand claimed that he would take accountability for a few of his actions towards the previous couple, together with sharing texts, his newest put up clearly demonstrates that this isn’t the case.

West’s more and more erratic behaviour over the previous 9 months has been actually unhappy to see, not least as a result of it has by no means actually been clear what may be attributed to pettiness on the star’s half, and what may be blamed on the rapper’s well-documented psychological well being points. 

What complicates this grim saga much more is the truth that this type of conduct appears so completely baked into the Kanye West model, that it turns into unattainable to inform what he actually believes and what’s only for present. 

His inventive output is intrinsically linked along with his eccentric exploits (Image: Bloomberg through Getty Pictures)

From his laborious flip into MAGA Republicanism and vocal help of Donald Trump, to his rebirth as a Christian musician who doesn’t appear to see the irony in an album and tour referred to as ‘Yeezus’, Kanye’s thought course of is inconsistent at finest and troubling at worst.

Like many individuals, I’ve been responsible of mentally submitting Kanye West someplace between ‘tortured genius’ and ‘sideshow attraction.’

He’s that distinctive kind of artist whose inventive output is so intrinsically linked along with his eccentric exploits that now we have usually defaulted to giving him a go on most issues. 

Positive, we’d tut and wag our fingers every time he says one thing controversial, however many people secretly purchase into the concept typically, that’s simply the value you pay for witnessing a visionary on the prime of their sport. 

Van Gogh lower his ear off. Howard Hughes wore Kleenex containers on his toes. Ye says outlandish stuff on Instagram typically.

However with this newest episode, as West’s behaviour inches farther from ‘peculiar’ and much nearer to ‘harmful’, it’s clear that considering of Kanye in these phrases does each him, and people he causes struggling, a disservice. 

Kanye beforehand hit again at lazy assumptions that he’s ‘off his meds’ any time he does one thing controversial, however the truth is that many individuals clearly consider that his more and more erratic output is one thing that’s anticipated from him as an artist. 

Kanye’s actions have a profound impact on the lives of others

That’s apparent sufficient from the put up itself, as verified accounts bolstered his behaviour, commenting about West’s ‘W’ (brief for win), and ‘LMAO’ as an alternative of expressing any actual concern about what seems to be a fairly bare risk towards one other particular person.

None of that is to recommend that Kanye needs to be let off with this, although. 

Whatever the artist’s struggles, and no matter their trigger, Kanye’s actions have had a profound and damaging impact on the lives of different individuals, and for that he needs to be held accountable. 

Probably the most notable victims are Kanye’s personal kids, who’ve already been dragged into their father’s one-sided feud as West tried to ban them from seeing Davidson earlier this yr. 

It’s additionally value sparing a thought for Davidson himself, not solely because the goal of the kind of frequent and distressing assaults that might scare anybody, however as anyone who additionally suffers from psychological well being points himself. 

It’s been reported that Davidson has sought trauma remedy because of Kanye’s bullying.

Kanye could also be susceptible in his personal means, however he’s removed from the one susceptible one on this state of affairs.

I’ve actually struggled with my very own psychological well being, from deep bouts of despair to obsessive compulsive tendencies that make day-to-day dwelling extraordinarily troublesome typically. 

It additionally causes me to make selections that may typically be dangerous, and even simply convey me to my wits’ finish and trigger me to lash out at others. 

That’s not attempting to check my very own experiences to Kanye’s — there’s nobody measurement suits all expertise with psychological well being, and it’s unattainable to know precisely how these points can manifest in anybody particular person — however I do know that after I’ve gone by the worst of it, it’s by no means helped me to have gone by it alone. 

I can’t think about how rather more damaging it have to be to be in that state of affairs, and to have surrounded your self with a community of supporters that inform you that what you’re doing is totally regular, and even admirable.

The worst half about all of that is in all probability the very fact by way of Kanye’s behaviour, issues are unlikely to get higher any time quickly. 

Why would they? He has an adoring fan base and is value properly over a billion {dollars}. He has no incentive to do issues any in a different way. 

He’ll at all times encompass himself with individuals who inform him that he’s doing the suitable factor, even when that factor is publicly threatening one other particular person.

The perfect factor for West in the intervening time could be discovering a level of accountability, irrespective of how minor or fleeting, to remind him that there’s a world on the market that’s affected by his dangerous and erratic actions. 

Let’s hope, for the sake of everybody concerned on this sorry saga, that he finds it quickly.

Do you’ve gotten a narrative you’d wish to share? Get in contact by emailing Ross.Mccafferty@metro.co.uk. 

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