As Kanye West Has Another Mental Breakdown, Some Call for More Prayers Than Laughs
Kanye West is having another episode. This time instead of laughing it off or simply dismissing it as Kanye just being Kanye, some social media users are calling for prayer for the billionaire artist.
During his first presidential campaign rally in South Carolina, West cried about almost killing his daughter North, said his father didn’t want him and insulted historical icon Harriet Tubman.
Then he took to Twitter and accused his wife, Kim Kardashian West, of trying to have him committed for his transparency and said Jordan Peele’s movie “Get Out” was about him. He also said he’s been trying to divorce Kardashian West and her mother Kris Jenner was not welcome around their children.
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The now-deleted tweets set off a firestorm of reactions. While some publicly criticized West and laughed at his latest episode, others pointed to them as blatant examples that the “Jesus Is King” MC really needs support and prayers.
“I called it…Kanye West has a diagnosis of Bipolar, I would say type II…but y’all pray for dude, mental health is NO JOKE,” tweeted another.
“Here is all of Kanye West’s tweets including the deleted ones from tonight,” tweeted one fan, along with screenshots of West’s deleted tweets. “The ones that were replying with some shit that they found funny are f**king disgusting. He clearly doesn’t have someone effective to talk to. Everybody please Pray for Ye.”
“Genuinely praying for Kanye West I understand the instability of the mind while having Jesus. That brother been through so much instead of bashing him I’ll use my platform to ask everybody to pray for Ye. He needs it as we ALL do,” tweeted another.
Kardashian West also came to her husband’s defense Wednesday morning.
“As many of you know, Kanye has bi-polar disorder. … I understand Kanye is subject to criticism because he is a public figure and his actions at times can cause strong opinions and emotions,” Kardashian West wrote in a lengthy statement posted to her Instagram stories. “He is a brilliant but complicated person who on top of the pressures of being an artist and a black man, who experienced the painful loss of his mother, and has to deal with the pressure and isolation that is heightened by his bi-polar disorder. Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words some times (sic) do not align with his intentions. Living with bi-polar disorder does not diminish or invalidate his dreams or creative ideas, no matter how big or unobtainable they may feel to some. That is part of his genius and as we have all witnessed, many of his big dreams have come true.”
She asked people to give him grace, empathy and compassion.
“We as a society talk about giving grace to the issue of mental health as a whole, however we should also give it to the individuals who are living with it in times when they need it the most,” Kardashian West wrote in the conclusion of her Instagram plea. “I kindly as that the media and public give us the compassion and empathy that is needed so that we can get through this. Thank you for those who have expressed concern for Kanye’s well being and for your understanding. With love and gratitude.”
Many people are already obliging.