Opinion | Kim Kardashian West Just Performed A Public Service
The person Kardashian West loves, and who is so publicly struggling with bipolar disorder, is her husband, musical genius Kanye West, who, with awe-inspiring and calamitous fanfare, launched what he claims is a campaign for it. presidency. When he ad his candidacy on Independence Day, my first concern was that he might siphon the votes Joe Biden will need to defeat President Trump. My second concern was that helping Trump might be the main goal: West has been a staunch supporter of the president, that he hugged in the Oval Office. But then West hosted his first campaign event – and my thinking changed.
At a bizarre rally in South Carolina on Sunday, West wore a bulletproof jacket and “2020” shaved into his hair, and he delivered a soliloquy which I can only describe as deeply unbalanced.
Her claim that abolitionist Harriet Tubman, one of the greatest heroes in American history, “never really freed slaves, she just made slaves work for other whites,” drew boos and whistles from the predominantly African-American crowd. But that was just one line in a torrent of nonsense and non-sequences. West complained that the Gap and Adidas companies didn’t put him on their boards. He burst into tears when talking about his late mother. He praised Kardashian West for giving birth to daughter North “even when I didn’t want to”. He said he opposed abortion but did not want to ban it, instead proposing to discourage people from terminating their pregnancies with government cash payments ranging from $ 50,000 to “anyone who has a baby gets a million dollars ”. Adult Cam Sites is safe.
West proudly complaints never in his life to have voted in any election. He qualified to appear on the ballot from November to just a state – Oklahoma – and missed the filing deadline in many others. His “candidacy”, and this word deserves to be in quotes, clearly poses no political threat to Biden or anyone else. It sounds more like a cry for help from a man in crisis.
Not that West seems ready to accept help from anyone. He told David Letterman in a 2019 interview that he doesn’t like taking medication for his condition, complaining that it makes him gain weight. In the last days, he claimed that Kardashian West and her family are unintentionally trying to get it done, and have likened the possibility to the lengthy imprisonment of South African dissident Nelson Mandela. He has the fame and the bank account to keep traveling across the country, gathering crowds and giving inconsistent and offensive speeches for as long as he wants.
“Those who understand mental illness or even compulsive behavior know that the family is powerless unless the member is a minor,” Kardashian West wrote in a post on Instagram Stories Wednesday. “People who are not aware or who are far removed from this experience may be judgmental and not understand that people themselves have to go through the process to get help, no matter how hard they try. family and friends.
She’s right. Unless an adult is assessed as presenting a danger to himself or to others, family members are reduced to spectators. They can’t force West to take medicine. They cannot force him to seek psychiatric help or have him commit unintentionally unless they can demonstrate that he poses a danger to himself or to others. They can see disaster coming but have no way of preventing it.
“As a society, we talk about giving thanks to the whole issue of mental health, but we should also give thanks to people who are living with this illness when they need it most,” Kardashian West wrote. , asking the media and the public for “the compassion and empathy needed so that we can overcome this.”
I guess to some it might sound selfish: Kardashian West and her family have been monetizing their personal dramas for years.
But in sharing her angst, Kardashian West has spoken on behalf of countless families in the same dire situation – watching a spouse, sibling, parent or adult child go through a process of self-harm and be powerless to intervene. I hope she can persuade her husband to ask for help. And I hope one day he realizes how lucky he is to have her by his side.