If you thought Kanye West spoke like a madman on delicate subjects such as mental illness, extreme politics and, yes, slavery, his ‘clarification’ on such comments and opinions, in an interview published in the The New York Times this week will not clear things up. Yes, he still sounds cloudy, confused and, quite frankly, insane.
In the lengthy interview, West expresses many of the same viewpoints he has had in the past on the aforementioned subjects, albeit in a more ‘calming’ and ‘beatific’ manner, according to the interviewer… whatever that might mean.
West insists he’s been trying to cope with a recently diagnosed bipolar disorder and that he is “learning how to not be on meds”. He says in the interview, “I took one pill in the last seven days” yet at one point during the story, he stops at a clothing boutique and buys winter outfits that fill 13 garbage bags (compulsive spending is an action often associated with bipolar disorder).
With regards to his positive stance on Donald Trump, West speaks about a kind of ‘underground network’ of support within the celebrity community, saying, “I felt that I knew people who voted for Trump… that were celebrities… that were scared to say that they liked him. But they told me, and I liked him, and I’m not scared to say what I like.”
He goes on, in cryptic if not schizoid-like prose: “I hear Trump talk and I’m like, I like the way it sounds, knowing that there’s people who like me that don’t like the way it sounds.” He does ultimately add, “No, I don’t agree with all of his policies.”
Regarding his comment on slavery to TMZ last month, West tries hard to mend his damaging words, but pretty much fails: “I said the idea of sitting in something for 400 years sounds – sounds – like a choice to me, I never said it’s a choice. I never said slavery itself – like being shackled in chains – was a choice. That’s why I went from slave to 400 years to mental prison to this and that. If you look at the clip, you see the way my mind works.”
Yes, Kanye, we see how your mind works. Like a deranged fool. And don’t try blaming your talk and actions on episodes of bipolar disorder. You are an inarticulate, incoherent, uninformed babbling fool, constantly dissonant in thought, who has no place in discussing serious issues such as contemporary politics, historical prejudices and abuse, or the subject of mental illness itself.
Keep your dumb mouth shut and stop confusing the impressionable generation that looks up to you, inexplicably so. Antonino Tati & Lisa Andrews