Opinion: Kanye West tantrums need to be ignored


Ye wore a “White Lives Matter” shirt at the Paris Fashion show on Oct 3. PHOTO CREDIT: MARC LAMONT HILL

Noah Rozek, Profiles Editor

Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, clearly loves controversy. This personality trait really comes out during his manic stage of bipolar disorder, and he always makes a scene. 

I don’t hate Ye. In fact, I religiously listen to his music. As someone who also keeps up to date on his social media frenzies, I would say that we all are giving him the attention he’s seeking.

Last year, he’s certainly stirred the pot considering his divorce from his now ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, in March, which meant a flood of desperate messages for Kim, disses at her new boyfriend and fear regarding his lack of control on his children’s education following the divorce.


The only good quote to come out of the divorce arc was when Queen Elizabeth died, and he posted to his Instagram a black screen with text that read, “LONDON I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL I LOST MY QUEEN TOO.” If nothing else, he is devoted.

The most intense controversy occurred in the last few weeks, which led to Ye’s social media accounts being punished.

Ye posted screenshots on Instagram saying that Sean Combs was being controlled by Jewish people. Ye then posted on Twitter saying, “I’m a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m going death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE the funny thing is I actually can’t be anti-semetic because black people are actually Jew also You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda” (sic). Immediately after, his Twitter account was moved to view only. It doesn’t even end there, because he posted a video on Facebook showing porn to Adidas executives and wore a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt during a photoshoot.

Ye might be an entertainer, but we have to draw the line somewhere. People are still supporting him because he’s an artist, and excusing it because he has bipolar.

When someone defends outlandish actions with the excuse that “they have a mental illness” all it does is propagate the narrative that mental illness defines a person. He’s a grown man who might not have had the easiest life but also does not need to spread hate.

Don’t support Ye when he acts like a child. He’s hurting people and targeting minority groups and for what? It’s not going to bring his wife back to him, and it’s certainly not going to improve his relationship with his kids. He needs to seek further help and his social media being banned is the healthiest thing that’s happened to him in a while.