Much has been said about the infamous Kanye in the Oval Office meeting. Let me be clear, I’m not a fan of Kanye West. Never have been. That said, I do think that Kanye West is extremely talented and just as intelligent. I just, more often than not, dislike the way he chooses to express himself and use his platform. Many of the criticism thrown his way after the Oval Office disaster, I’ve used to criticize him in the past. Not this time. More than a few journalists that I hold in high regard, chief among them Don Lemon, I absolutely disagree with here. Lemon, visibly upset, said West “embarrassed” black Americans and called the entire thing a “minstrel show”. In all fairness, Lemon did walk his comment back later on. But it wasn’t just the Kanye detractors who got it wrong here. The people who bend over backwards on a daily basis defending the indefensible coming out of the White House had their moments as well. Steve Cortes, who I truly believe would gladly take a bullet defending all things Trump said…well, you have to just see this shit.
But here’s the thing, for all that has been said about Kanye West, this time, it’s not on him. Kanye West is mentally ill. It’s no secret and hasn’t been for a while. It’s also nothing to be ashamed of. This is a man who is diagnosed as Bipolar and with Manic Depression. Just like many other people who we all know and even some who will read this. Also, just like many others suffering with this, Kanye West is not taking care of himself. Kanye West had a very public setback a couple of years ago, that confirmed what many people had speculated on. Fast forward to the incident on Saturday Night Live a couple of weeks ago, up until his visit to the White House. This was not entertaining, it was not Kanye being Kanye. It is clear to anyone who has this disorder or has experienced a friend or loved one with it, that he’s very clearly in distress. He is not managing this, nor are the people around him providing the needed support. What took place in the Oval Office was in a word, scary. He was all over the place, he couldn’t stay still, his body language. He’s in the middle of a serious manic episode and anyone who has seen this knows that the crash is coming. He’s going to crash. Hard. It won’t be pretty. We’ve seen a lot of criticism of Kanye West and a lot of criticism of those criticizing Kanye West. My criticism falls primarily on the people around President Trump. This was incompetence at its worst. A complete lack of vetting on the part of the White House. The looks on the faces of everyone in the room, from Donald Trump to Ivanka, Jared, Kelly etc said it all. This was an absolute disaster. And Jim Brown? WTF? And let’s not leave out the media. Mainstream, not mainstream, liberal, conservative, white, black, MEDIA. They all stepped in it here. There’s more than enough criticism to go around.
What we haven’t seen a lot of is people calling this what it is and calling for Kanye, or those around him to get him help before it’s too late. I guess there’s no ratings points in that.