Kanye West continues to dominate the celebrity news cycle for his peculiar Twitter posts. He has also received scrutiny over comments made during a TMZ interview where he called slavery “a choice.”
Many are concerned that Kanye might be having a mental breakdown, including his wife, Kim Kardashian. Kim apparently doesn’t love the publicity Kanye has been receiving lately. In fact, a source close to the family told People, the negative attention might be hurting their relationship. The release of Kanye’s new album is apparently generating a great deal of stress for the rapper and his family.
“The album has caused Kanye a lot of stress. He’s a perfectionist and wants the music to be amazing,” the source told People. “Kim is absolutely concerned about Kanye. She likes being in Jackson Hole so she can keep an eye on his health. She wants to make sure he eats and sleeps enough and doesn’t want him to push himself beyond his limits.
West has admitted in the past to taking medication for stress. That appeared to help him recover after a 2016 mental breakdown. Unfortunately, the 40-year-old rapper appears to be on a similar trajectory, and many are concerned that he might be ignoring his medication. Kanye has posted an odd array of comments including calling former President Obama an “opioid”, and implying during a TMZ interview that the 400 years of slavery was “a choice” for African-Americans.
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years…for 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” said West.
Taking to Twitter to explain his comments, Kanye wrote, "[t]o make myself clear. Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will. My point is for us to have stayed in that position even though the numbers were on our side means that we were mentally enslaved."
Provocative comments are nothing new for Mr. West, but the level of crazy that has been coming out of the rapper has reached an unprecedented degree. What makes it worse is the notion that this could all be a huge PR stunt, a way for Kanye to generate publicity before his new album releases.
Yeezus was even mocked during the latest edition of "Saturday Night Live." A spoof of the Emily Blunt/John Krasinski horror film, a “Kanye Place” features Donald Glover and company struggling to staying silent after reading Kanye’s tweets.