The US presidential race has been already getting more intense as we approach November, but Kanye West's surprising presidential bid makes it even more fierce and controversial.
Kanye West: FULL context of crying segment— Kay Taka (@kaytakaofficial) July 20, 2020
He was asked a question about abortion and gave a VERY touching story
He doesn’t “need” help — the media wants to edit the interviews pic.twitter.com/l9UbkEtoVn
Anticipation for the well-known rapper's presidential announcement a few weeks ago has gathered even more attention as he held his first election rally in South Carolina two days ago, especially after he broke down in tears, while talking about abortion, sparking a lot of online debates on whether he's mentally stable enough to run the country in case he scores enough votes.
During the rally that was described by many journalists as "chaotic and emotional," Kanye spoke passionately against abortion, stating that he's glad his wife didn't agree to abort their first child when he asked her to do it upon finding out that they were pregnant, moments before he wept over revealing that his father had asked his mother to do the same with him.
Don’t let Kanye become another Etika situation. Don’t laugh, don’t insult him. He needs genuine support in the ways that’ll help him with what he needs, not what he wants. If something bad happens to Kanye it’s on us— Gayboi Carti (greyson) (@6milliWaystoRap) July 21, 2020
Some social media users expressed serious concern over West's mental stability and urged each other to stop mocking him or downgrading his tears and to tweet in supporting words instead, while others argued that his tears have nothing to do with his mental illness past and that they come out of "genuine grief."
Kanye needs help, not criticism— BlackySpeakz (@BlackySpeakz) July 21, 2020
HOT TAKE (somehow):@kanyewest wasn't having a mental breakdown. He was expressing genuine grief over his father not wanting him, and that he almost did the same to his daughter.— Isaac 🧢🍎 (@Wrtchd_Snt) July 20, 2020
The fact that y'all are immediately calling a man showing emotion a "mental breakdown" is telling. pic.twitter.com/MgU9GbWMLM
While Kanye's tears on the stage dominated social media comments questioning his mental health, a series of tweets he posted last night fueled the conversation, particularly as he mentioned several celebrities, some of whom are his family members, before he removed all of the tweets.
In his tweets, Kanye claimed that his wife whom he referred to as "North's mother," Kim Kardashian, and her mother Kris Jenner "had brought a doctor to lock him up."
Additionally, the rapper insisted that the 2017 horror movie Get Out "was about him."
Kanye West claims that the movie “Get Out” is about him.— Pop Base (@PopBase) July 21, 2020
“Get Out” is about a white family brainwashing black men after getting with their white daughter. pic.twitter.com/QPke8iPvvx
According to several entertainment magazines, prior to his South Carolina rally, West has told a local blogger about his hopes that the famous singer Jay Z would join his presidential campaign as a running mate.
Over the last few years, West's mental health has been a frequent subject in US local media, especially after he canceled a 2016 musical event and was admitted to the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles over a "psychiatric emergency."
In 2018, the rapper opened up about opioid addiction before the People magazine reported that "refuses to take his medications." A year later, West appeared in a YouTube interview in which he talked about his life and "having suffered of sex addiction for years."
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