Kanye West has dropped his new album, and it’s causing quite the stir in the mental health community with his admission to battling bipolar disorder. However, in my opinion, West is using his manic episodes as an excuse for his views.
The symptoms of Bipolar Mania are as follows: sleeplessness, hallucinations, erratic spending, promiscuity, psychosis, grandiose delusions, or paranoid rage. Some of these are extreme symptoms (hallucinations and psychosis) and not everyone experiences all of them.
The definition of Opinion is a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.
Now let’s look at the most recent quote of Kanye West and then discuss if you believe that it was Bipolar Disorder that gave him this opinion, or was it Bipolar Disorder that made him say his opinion out loud.
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years…for 400 years? That sounds like a choice.”
This quote got the African community outraged, and for those Kanye fans that stuck with him through all his grandiose statements about himself, this little tidbit had more than a handful finally jump ship.
Now the question begs, will people see his Bipolar Disorder diagnosis and forgive him for this statement? Or will people, like me, come to the opinion, that Kanye West actually thinks this way, and that his belief has nothing to do with Bipolar Disorder? And it just so happened that West was battling a manic episode where he started spewing his opinions, that most would keep private, and it let his ignorance out of the bag.
In the back of my mind, I also believe that the quote as mentioned above could all be a part of a publicity stunt too. It could all be set up for the debut of this album, with the hope of being forgiven by admitting to his struggle with Bipolar Disorder. After all, this is the person who once said “You should only believe about 90 percent of what I say. As a matter of fact, don’t even believe anything that I’m saying at all. I could be completely fucking with you, and the world, the entire time.”
I mean, maybe he doesn’t even battle Bipolar Disorder at all, and he’s just a massive asshole?
I don’t think that would shock anyone at this point.
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