Kanye held the release/listening party for his album this past week in Jackson, Wyoming. He sat down with Big Boy TV to talk about the events that have transpired over the past month or so, especially his very public and controversial meltdown on TMZ and Twitter following the release of his album.
At the beginning of May, Ye went on a Trump-supporting bender offending most of his usually very loyal fans.
Kanye caught a lot of hate from fans and celebrity fans who reached out to him through text, which we caught a glimpse of when he decided to tweet screenshots of the messages. (Side note: Am I the only one who assumed that celebrity's phones looked different from ours?)
The real headline here is when Kanye jumped in on an episode of TMZ and, to instigate his meltdown and degrading public image, said that slavery was a choice and Black people could have ended it when ever they wanted.
Unsurprisingly, Twitter (and anyone with an internet connection) was disappointed and even appalled by the comments that Kanye made. During his album release in Wyoming, he said that after his comments on TMZ, he returned to the studio and made a totally different album.
“We just sat there and really honed in on the words. Also, we know now, it’s all headlines, every bar can be used. I took a bar off the album. It was just too sensitive about that topic and stuff.”
On the album, Kanye talks about a battle with bi-polar disorder, and he says that his comments on TMZ are a result of his mental illness.
“I’m so blessed and so privileged because think about people that have mental issues that are not Kanye West, that can’t go and make that [album] and make you feel like it’s all good. Think about someone who does exactly what I did at TMZ and they just do that at work. On Tuesday morning, they come in and they just lost their job. And they can’t go back and do that…That’s why God put that on me at 40…I’ve never been diagnosed and I was like 39 years old…It’s not a disability, it’s a superpower,” Kanye told Big Boy.
No shame on Kanye for bringing his mental illness, and mental illness in general, into a public discussion, but is it appropriate for him to blame his dangerous comments on it? As a 40 year old man, you have to be responsible for your actions. Suffering from mental illness does not exempt you from the repercussions of saying something stupid.
With that being said, we still made his album "Ye" #1 on iTunes. So was the online outrage phony?