My thoughts on Kanye West

Over the past few days I've come across so many posts about Kanye West and it's led me to be a lot more disappointed in people I called friends than I would have thought possible. Mental health is not a joke. Whether you like the person or not, if you think it's acceptable to mock somebody for having a breakdown or going through any kind of suffering due to a mental illness, you are not somebody I want in my life.

I'm not a fan of Kanye West at all, not overly excited by his music or anything else he puts his hand to but fuck me he's still a person. A person who could need help. While most of the reactions I've seen have been along the same lines as mine there have been far too many posts over various social media's talking about how he deserves this, that's what he gets for being Kanye, certain people have called for him to be locked up for life with the key thrown away and I'm sure there are worse out there that I've luckily not laid eyes on yet.

To everyone that has made jokes regarding this situation, I honestly hope you have nobody close to you who has mental health problems. They will more than likely never come to you again out of embarrassment, shame or fear. And to those who have mental health problems themselves and still find this funny, you're a part of the problem. How will the stigmas attached to mental health ever be tackled if sufferers themselves can take pleasure in another person's struggle?

If it turns out this entire situation has been concocted as a publicity stunt, well I hope West has a good publicity team because I can't see that going down too well. While mental health is not a joke, neither is it a scapegoat. If celebrities think they can blame their problems on mental health and walk away unaccountable, where does that leave the non celebrity with their fight against it? Up shit creek, that's where. If mental heath problems are 'normalised' by celebrities in this negative fashion, we will never win the fight against the stigmas.

For now, West has my empathy. No matter how this situation pans out, those making jokes will forever be remembered as people I cannot go to with my mental health problems as and when they arise.

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