Kanye “Ye” West has become a controversial figure amid his public feuds with former family members and celebrities. And his increasingly angry and outsized reactions have prompted some to think he needs more attention and maybe even medical help. But he doesn’t seem to be receptive to these suggestions.
Take his latest attack on Trevor Noah, the latest public figure to speak out against the rapper’s troubling behavior. In a music video uploaded on TuesdayNoah said people should “watch out” for the fallout from Kim Kardashian’s divorce from West and noted that “over time Kanye has become more and more belligerent in the way he tries to get Kim back.”
Beyond all the persistent text messages and social media posts directed at this ex, West has also publicly threatened to kill Kardashian’s current boyfriend, “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson. In West’s latest music video, an animated clay version of West is seen abducting, decapitating, and burying a Davidson lookalike alive. Many saw this macabre wish fulfillment as a red flag.
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“I understand that art can be therapy… But I also understand that therapy maybe therapy,” Noah continued. “And the weird thing about it is that Kanye West told us he had mental health issues. So I get it, you want to have art as therapy, but here’s the weird thing. What Kanye doesn’t understand is that what we see is . . . it makes you uncomfortable.”
He added, “You might not feel sorry for Kim because she’s rich and famous. But what she goes through is terrifying to watch. And it highlights what so many women go through when they choose to leave [toxic relationships]. . . . What we see here is one of the most powerful women, one of the richest in the world, unable to get her ex to stop texting her, stop chasing her, stop harass.”
Noah also mentioned his own childhood in an abusive household and how his mother was constantly berated by police, family members and even strangers for “overreacting” or being unable to stand up to her abuser.
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“You see a world where women are questioned about what’s happening to them, as opposed to people wondering what’s happening to them,” he said.
Of course, West wasn’t going to leave that speech unanswered. On Wednesday, the rapper hurled racial slurs at “The Daily Show” host on Instagram, which suspended West for 24 hours. By TMZthe now-deleted post featured a photo of Noah and a caption with the lyrics that put a racist spin on the black spiritual song “Kumbaya”: “K**n baya my lord k**n baya K**n baya my lord K **n baya Oooo’ lord K**n baya.”
Noah’s recent comments contribute to a larger discussion about West’s diagnosis of bipolar disorder and the mockery of his abuse of Kardashian, his family and Davidson. West frequently addressed his custody battles on Instagram, alleging that Kardashian forbade him from seeing their children and upset him with her daughter North’s social media posts. In a deleted comment posted earlier this week, Kardashian called out her version of events.
“Please stop with this narrative, you were just here this morning picking up the kids from school,” she wrote.
A spokesperson for Meta – the tech conglomerate that owns Instagram – said Variety that West’s suspension was initiated after he violated policies on hate speech, bullying and harassment. In accordance with Meta’s policy of restricting accounts that have repeatedly violated these rules, West will no longer be able to post, comment, and direct message for a limited time. Meta said he would continue to monitor the situation and impose more restrictions if additional violations occur.
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