The media have finally discovered that Kanye West struggles with mental health issues. They didn’t figure this out after West went on national television during a fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina and blasted President Bush as a racist who didn’t care about black Americans; they merely chuckled at West’s bizarre hijacking of Taylor Swift’s microphone at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
West hasn’t been stealthy about his struggles with mental health. Earlier this year, he released an album on which he celebrated his bipolar status as a “superpower”; the cover of that album read, “I hate being Bi-Polar its awesome.” But that didn’t prompt concern—it prompted respect from members of the media like Jimmy Kimmel, who gushed, “I have a theory about you, tell me if this is correct, I feel like you feel like being bipolar is part of what makes you brilliant, part of what makes you you, and you embrace it.”
But then West put on a Make America Great Again hat, visited the Oval Office, and proceeded to talk about how much he liked President Trump.
This prompted serious questions about his sanity. This week, speaking to CNN, actress Jenifer Lewis actually broke down in tears, explaining, “I just feel so sorry for him…Of course I have my opinion about him going there and being out of control. I mean very little can shock us today with this administration, but it was cruel.” It’s highly doubtful Lewis would have had any such words about West had he spoken so highly of President Obama.