Sunday, June 16, 2024

Kanye West Twitter Meltdown Again: Either BiPolar Disorder or a Migraine Headache May Be Causing Strange New Observations


Kanye West is having a real Donald Trump moment. Trump gives interviews, then denied they happened. He says derogatory things about prime ministers, or the EU, then claims not to have said them.

On Twitter overnight, Kanye decided that all pop stars should be called “recording artists” by the press. Only, they are already called that by and large, by everyone.

Kanye wrote: “It’s just another example of elitism and classism. If you read Prince or Michael’s Wikipedia their title is recording artist Moving forward anyone working in music should be referred to as a recording artist”

The Tweet was one of several starting yesterday that might indicate he’s having trouble with his medication for bipolar disorder. He admitted recently to being bipolar– something we all knew for a long time. It accounted for several long Twitter tirades, sometimes 40 or 50 Tweets at a time. Just before his “recording artist” Tweet, Kanye issued a few others:

“Music is an art form. When reporters call me “the singer,” the rapper” or even the “pop star” there’s an air of condescension and patronization. Those kinds of journalist are acting like they’re better than us.”

“Whenever you’re feeling down bored irritated or disgruntled just say… thank god I don’t have a sinus headache … they feel like the episode of black mirror when the bee went into the guys ear…I had a sinus headache on a flight once and I got a fucking cat scan after because it was so bad”

Earlier, Kanye had observed that his company was run by “creatives” and that “Yeezy is an organization ran by the creative. The creative make the final decisions here.” It makes you wonder if he’s feeling pressure from Adidas and other financial partners about his sneakers, fashion wear, and even recording career. His accountant may be worried that Kanye’s “Ye” EP sold just 18K copies this week at $7.99 and via streaming, with no hit single, while Drake sold 325K copies of a double album and all the tracks on it take up the streaming chart.

Here’s hoping Kanye gets some rest and attention today.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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