Rapper Kanye West has been spamming social media with details of his personal life. According to Unwritten, his social media rant started on Feb. 4, when he began to post against his ex-wife Kim Kardashian and her decisions involving their children. Simultaneously, Kanye pleaded to get their family back together. As stated by Okayplayer, Kanye later continued to post against anyone associated with Kim’s new boyfriend, Pete Davidson. He posted text screenshots between the two, pictures with Davidson’s face crossed out and rants insinuating that Davidson will never have a relationship with him and Kim’s children.
Since then, Kanye has addressed his concerns on social media and deleted posts from his rant. According to the Wrap, Kanye states, “I’ve learned that using all caps makes people feel like I’m screaming at them. I’m working on my communication. I can benefit from a team of creative professionals, organizers, mobilizers and community leaders.”
Some students said they have followed the news about him on social media.
“I did read them and heard talk about them. On the surface, his rants seemed funny just because of how ridiculous they were and how I couldn’t believe he was actually posting these things,” said sophomore Isabella Fabbo.
Kanye’s posts concerned some students.
“I think he decided to take his issues online because he is in the public eye and knew that it would get a lot of attention,” said junior Kelsey Neary. “I don’t think this is a good way to communicate because it is bringing in so many other people that do not need to be involved. Personally, I think the issue between him and his ex-wife should be kept private.”
Kanye also involved other famous artists in his posts. As reported by the Wrap, Kanye removed artist Kid Cudi from his album Donda for being associated with Davidson, “Just so everyone knows Cudi will not be on Donda because he’s friends with you know who.”
Some students believe he made the posts without receiving advice.
“I feel like his PR Team didn’t know any of this. Kanye’s been doing these types of things for a while,” said junior Isabel Magrina.
According to Unwritten, many individuals suspected that Kanye’s social media rant was rooted in his bipolar disorder, as Kim Kardashian has revealed his struggle with it in the past. Kanye himself has stated that he experiences manic episodes and since this has been a reason for past internet outbreaks, it is stated that fans wondered if he was relapsing again with his mental health.
His posts caught the attention of many, with some students agreeing that these instances are interesting to follow.
“We never see a lot of celebrity drama publicly like that. And I honestly just think it was entertaining for most people,” said Fabbo.
According to Capitalfm, Kim Kardashion wishes “to keep their private matters out of the spotlight, so it’s no wonder she hasn’t directly publicly addressed her ex-husband’s latest rant, but she did cryptically respond to his outburst through a simple social media caption.”
Some students acknowledge how Kanye’s rant has made others feel.
“As a public figure, his loved ones and PR team have a responsibility to keep him off social media. I can’t imagine how Kim feels right now. I know Kanye struggles with bipolar disorder, so I really hope he can get the help that he needs,” said junior Anatasia Colagreco.