Is Kanye West The Right Person To Talk About Bipolar Disorder?
Kanye West reveals he has bipolar disorder in his new album, ye, and some people aren’t too keen about him being a spokesperson for the illness.
Particularly, people are hating on him for the lyrics that seem to sensationalize bipolar: “That’s my bipolar shit, nigga, what? That’s my superpower, nigga, ain’t no disability I’m a superhero! I’m a superhero!”
Look, I’m not gonna tell someone how they should feel and talk about their mental illness. But someone with Kanye’s platform glorifying bipolar disorder as a “superpower” and potentially discouraging folks from seeking treatment and help is not good
— Burner SZN (@MJK_NY31) June 1, 2018
It’s funny how bipolar disorder is actually a really serious and scary disorder but everyone is quoting Kanye like it’s something that’s trendy and cool 🤷🏻♀️
— Illie Zeneli (@illie_zeneli) June 1, 2018
Hi. Bipolar disorder isn’t the quirky personality trait of a genius. If you’re suffering from symptoms of bipolar disorder (mania/depression), seek help. As someone who, thanks to bipolar meds, hasn’t been suicidal for years, trust me when I say IT CAN GET BETTER. #Kanye #ye
— BB-H8 (Ponta) (@typicalfeminist) June 1, 2018
I feel like Kanye calling his bipolar disorder is kind of harmful, because as someone who suffers from mood disorders it’s more debilitating than helpful. But I also feel like my mood swings inform my creative process, so I get what he’s saying here
— Madam millionaire, olowo mummy, dangote… (@riceandstew_) June 1, 2018