The media are willing to sacrifice celebrities’ mental health for their own gain.
Seriously, look at Kanye and tell me he’s okay, or that humans are designed to go through what he has. We watch him onstage as he breaks down during his concert; slagging off his friends and colleagues, all whilst thousands of “fans” are telling him to jump to his death.
Even though he’s clearly on the edge, we all expect him to withstand the overwhelming hatred he’s facing everyday. If this was anyone else it would be treated differently, but because it’s Kanye West we simply laugh and claim he should expect the publicity.
Every time Kanye breaks down onstage or goes on a mid-interview rant he’s forced into the limelight, even though the media are fully aware that he’s mentally unstable and the publicity could worsen his condition. They simply don’t care about the wellbeing of the people they create stories about, and only want to produce whatever will result in the most pageviews.
Funny enough, Kanye actually spoke about this during his infamous BBC Radio 1 interview. He claimed that celebrities are expected to be two-dimensional personalities. For instance, the media paint Kanye as this narcissistic asshole, rather than treating him like the massively successful producer or the creative innovator he is.
A perfect example of this is with his “I’m the number one rockstar on the planet” quote, which is so frequently taken out of context. He never claimed to be a rockstar, he actually said that rap has replaced rock in terms of popularity, and that at the time of his interview he was the most influential rapper alive. However, the quote was warped to make him seem as narcissistic as possible.
I couldn’t imagine being in his position, and I don’t think there is another person on earth who can aside from him. I just hope he’s not been pushed too far this time.