Kanye West went on a 7-minute rant on The Ellen Show: crazy or fine?

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CB and I were just chatting about Kanye West and what exactly is “wrong” with him when this story broke on Thursday. My take has always been that Kanye is a genius with issues, mostly a—hole issues, but that he’s also got some AD/HD issues. The word CB used was “manic,” and I could see how that could apply too. So, when I saw that Kanye had gone on a “seven minute rant” during his appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’ show on Thursday, I thought it was going to be a funny, silly, Kanye-style rant. When I watched this video though… I see the manic. I see someone who seemed somewhat unhinged. I also think he seems high on something?

In case you didn’t want to watch seven minutes of CRAZY, I’ll summarize and highlight. First of all, I enjoy how Ellen played this. She stopped him a few times and asked him questions, further egging him on, but mostly she just sat back and let him talk. And it wasn’t a rant-rant. He was working towards a point, it just takes Kanye a while to gather his thoughts. But yeah, still problematic. Some assorted quotes:

Whether he should think-before-tweeting: “Absolutely not. What’s the point of thinking?”

Whether he should have reached out to Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook: “I understand Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t use Twitter, even though I have had dinner with him and his wife and told them about how I wanted to help the world, and he said he’d help me, and blah blah blah. That’s how it feels though, it’s like the pursuit of happiness, it’s like you’re trying to sell this bone density machine, you know in that movie. … I feel that if I had more resources, I could help more people. I have ideas that can make the human race’s existence within our 100 years better. Period. F–k the paparazzi, whatever perception you have of me, starting with the truth, started with what everyone’s thinking, start there, put some dope s–t with it.”

Why he’s important: “I care about people. My dad lived in homeless shelters less than five years ago, to find out … he’s a psych major. My mom was the first black female chair of the English department of the Chicago State University. I was raised to do something, to make a difference.”

#OscarsSoWhite wasn’t a joke: “I didn’t take the Oscars as a joke. You know, ‘All black actors can talk about the glass ceilings we’ve dealt with, talk about how many times you’ve been blocked from being able to excel.’ It ain’t no joke.”

Who is left to create? “Picasso is dead, Steve Jobs is dead, [Walt] Disney is dead. Name someone living that you can name in the same breath as them. We’re one race, the human race, we’re a blip in the existence of the universe and we’re constantly trying to pull each other down. It’s like I’m shaking talking about it, I feel I can make a difference while I’m here, I feel I can make a difference through my skill set.”

Clothes are important: “I’m sitting with [President Barack] Obama, and Leo [DiCaprio]‘s talking about the environment, and I’m talking about clothes, and everyone looks at me like, that’s not an important issue. But I remember going to school in fifth grade and wanting to have a cool outfit. I want to take away bullying.”

[From US Weekly]

The thing that struck me as brutally honest was the part where he talks about the #OscarsSoWhite moment, and I think his point was lost, but it was a good point. The point he was trying to make was that black artists, black creatives and black entrepreneurs are always going to have a harder time being heard and understood by those within the white power structure, whether it’s Hollywood or the fashion industry or the tech industry or what have you. Of course, Kanye is saying that as a plea for money, in the hopes that someone will give him $100 million to make shoes and leather jeggings.

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  1. Pamels says:

    How can someone manage to be insufferable on THE ELLEN SHOW?

    • Fee says:

      Kaiser u must be high to think he is a genius. He spews some decent things that millions of people say but because he is so effed up, when he says something decent u see him as a genius? Peers. I sadly think he is I’ll, manic, he’s all over the place. Egotistical, narcissism n delusions of grandeur is how I see him. There are men n women who are saving lives,make real difference in this world but don’t have celebrity status to get seen. Funny how his wife is sporting diamonds at Cannes,shed in awe of the size with no thought to blood diamonds. Maybe u can use that money to save the world through fashion.

      • SilkyMalice says:

        But genius and madness often go hand in hand. Thinking of Van Goh and Virginia Woolf as examples. I have never listened to any of Kanye’s music, but to hear tell, the man has talent.

      • Shambles says:

        Yeah, absolutely nothing that Kanye has ever said or done indicates that he might be a genius. But he clearly thinks he is one, so there is that!

        I find it fascinating that at his level of wealth and fame he is basically saying that he would do something great to improve the world………. if only he had the resources! Meanwhile, I have plenty of friends who have way, way less than he, who are actually out there working for positive change and continually making a difference in striving to make the world a better place. He needs to shut up or put his money where his mouth is.

      • Wiffie says:

        @silkymalice he has talent, yes. Undeniable. But I’ve never thought he was a musical genius. I think the idea behind through the wire was brilliant, but the moniker of “genius” is a big one, and I just don’t think he’s quite there.

        He always talks about his ideas, but he’s never once specified what these ideas are. Just all these ways to save the human race, but no real actual info on his plans and ideas.

        I totally see him as the type to manically be doing pointless nonsensical calculations and making sense of them, and that’s not genius. It’s unhinged.

        I kind of feel for Kim, and wonder if she ever thinks, “oh god what have I done”. I could imagine how trapped one would feel, the pressure of failed marriages behind you, public opinion ahead of you, and two kids with a madman at your feet. Would she ever have the guts to leave?

        Which also makes me think of the ruined men the Kardashians leave in their wake. Do you think this is just the black widow family building him up and letting his own crazy take him down, for the ultimate season finale when Kim leaves him?? You KNOW people would watch that divorce and drama, even when every season before they say they don’t want to. Someone watches and keeps it going, and they know it.

        Sorry for my own little kanye rant there! Ha!

      • Jwoolman says:

        Deedee- Prince might also have been in the genius category. I recently saw some of his old interviews. Certainly he was an extremely talented musician and songwriter, but he also applied his intelligence elsewhere. I agree with you about Michael Jackson. Very talented, but also very intelligent in a quiet way.

        Mainly a real genius doesn’t go around telling people he’s a genius while he spins his wheels, as Kanye does. Kanye is bright, but has been steadily losing his effectiveness personally and professionally as his mind deteriorates. I don’t think it’s just an act. He really doesn’t have control and keeps shooting himself in the foot. He can’t shut up.

        Maybe he would do better with the proper medication and therapy, but he probably is too far gone to ever think he needs it. If he were not rich, his relatives might have taken action by now to try to force the issue, or he would be facing a judge for other reasons and be forced into some treatment in jail or as part of probation (as happened with Lindsay Lohan, therapy three times a week and psychiatric evaluation as well as extensive rehabs were mandated by judges). His money has shielded him.

        Only a fool would invest in any of his endeavors now. Let him bankrupt himself.

      • Shaunna says:

        Kanye is only a genius in his own mind. I think he is mentally ill.

      • Hadleyb says:

        And he doesnt have ADHD, if you do you can’t rant for 4 minutes much less 7. You’d move onto to something else in less than 3.

        He’s just an asshole whose delusional and arrogant. Thats it. A-hole.

      • Yes Man says:

        Ellen’s show is so happy happy and he, a rich man with a wife and family he claims to adore, somehow turned it in sadville.

        Btw Van Gogh was a great artist and perhaps a “genius” because of the timeless work he produced, not the ear. Kanye West’s work is no better than anyone else’s today or yesterday. In fact, I think it’s crappy, but I can understand why others may enjoy it. There are rappers with better lyrics who tell stories that aren’t all about big butts, drugs, their own spiteful egomania, and the n-word. Are they all geniuses, too? No, they’re just musicians. Like literally millions of well known and unknown people are on this planet.

      • AnnaKist says:

        Hi everyone. I’m new here, so please be gentle…
        I don’t understand why he rabbits on about his “ideas” to help the world, and doesn’t just get on with doing whatever he can with the many resources he already has. There are millions of people all over the world, without his wealth, who are mucking in and doing their bit – volunteers at hospitals, schools, community groups etc; doctors, lawyers, teachers, accountants, builders, pensioners, teenagers, you name it, giving their time, expertise and money to their community – mostly while holding down a job. They do it without fanfare and for genuinely altruistic reasons.

        His wife is always draped in expensive clothes, jewels and footwear, and even though a lot of these items might well be gifted to her, it’s clear they live a very extravagant and superficial life. He talks about clothes being important, yet instead of perhaps starting a clothes bank for the homeless in his country or other parts of the world, he wastes time and vast amounts of money “designing” rags with exorbitant price tags, that no one seems to want. If a young boy is in the situation of wanting “cool” clothes, as he says he once was, that boy is highly unlikely to be able to afford what he’s been trying to peddle. I could go on and on, but you get my point.

        He needs to get a clue and start doing instead of yammering.

      • SilkyMalice says:

        I retract the genius part, I never realized people would take it so literally. I just meant he is musically talented.

    • saras says:

      The blind gossip site had a story yesterday that Ellen was really upset with her staff about his appearance! She allegedly yelled at everyone backstage and said she never wanted him or anyone from that family on her show ever again! YEA ELLEN STICK TO YOUR GUNS ON THAT PLEASE: )

      • C says:

        I saw the blind item. I hope it’s true.

      • Denisemich says:

        well she certainly tweeted something entirely different about it. I think she called him her friend and how she loves when he comes to the show.

      • holly hobby says:

        Well we know Ellen isn’t always sunshine and happiness judging from the stories of how she is difficult to work with. I think the truth is somewhere in the middle. I don’t think she was thrilled he went off the rails on her show though.

      • Yes Man says:

        I finally watched the clip (I was too nervous to at first), and the unsettled look in Ellen’s eyes made me want to save her. I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s banned him on the low. Kanye seems like he could be a rather respectable and presentable person underneath the mental distortion he clearly lives in – thinking the public is constantly consumed by him when most of us only mention him in passing then forget he exists and so on – but salvaging a mind like that if he’s never going to leave the limelight seems impossible.

    • Naya says:

      The expression on Ellens face though. Its a cross between morbid fear and elation at finally getting her “Tom Cruise on a couch” moment.

      • Abby says:

        Ellen did look fearful. I mean, when your guest literally stops talking to you and is actively ignoring you during YOUR talk show……awkward. I actually felt like this humanized Kanye a little bit. I could see some of his insecurity underneath the swagger.

      • holly hobby says:

        Tom Cruise couch jumping moment literally crossed my mind when I read this!

    • crtb says:

      Please stop calling Kanye a genius. I don’t listen to his music but the little that I have heard that would make me feel otherwise. Maybe he is maybe talented but he is NOT a genius. 50 years from now, we will not be listening to his music but we wont even remember his name. People who are talented geniuses are people whose work is appreciated 50, 100 200 years later. It is offensive that he boast that he can change the world. When does he plan to commence? He and his wife and in-laws have enough money, influence and clout that they REALLY could make change for the better in our Society; Look at Sean Penn and Wycleaf John work in Haiti. Angelina Jolie in Syria and Cambodia, Taylor Swift aides NYC public schools. Beyoncé helps aiding putting people back to work, restocking clothing at donation centers and providing counseling, housing, food and medical assistance to the homeless. Miley Cyrus is actively involved., Lavern Cox is another. One Direction raises money for Stand Up To Cancer, Jon Cena for Make a Wish, John Legend raises money for for #OperationGirl Charity Challenge, a fundraising campaign for charities focused on women and girls”. I can name at least 50 other celebrities who are actively invested in changing the world. Name one thing Kanye and Kim have done.

  2. Palar says:

    Those blue contacts freak me out.

    • Betsy says:

      Me too. Since I know he has dark brown eyes, those light blue – which are my late grandmother’s color – look ghoulish.

      • Cran says:

        My granddaddy and his sisters were darker skinned than Kanye and their eyes were the color of his contacts. I thought it unusual that three siblings would have that same shade. They were stunning Kanye just looks foolish.

      • Sarah says:

        @ Cran. I knew a girl at university whose parents were black Jamaicans but one grandparent was Irish with blue eyes and red hair. This girl had a beautiful combination of both sides of the family – like you said, stunning. But when I first met her, I thought her blue eyes were fake contact lenses; then somebody told me about her grandmother being from Ireland.

    • Nancy says:

      He had them on for the Met Gala but yes they look bizarre. Puts in mind Norma Bates last Monday after Norman dug her up and she just wouldn’t open her baby blues (since she was dead) so being the crafty boy he is, he glued them open. Eww. Five days later and I am still obsessed with that episode.

    • Yes Man says:

      They were really creepy. They were way too icy-looking and the contrast only made them seem brighter. Something softer might have worked well, but then no one would have talked about him. I guess he was trying to go with the Met theme or something.

  3. Mia4s says:

    I see manic. I mean he’s always been an arrogant ass (join the club as far as musicians go!) but I don’t think someone who was just arrogant would allow themselves to come across so pitiable and foolish. It’s genuinely not funny, I think he needs help.

    • C says:

      And NPD. He also has the messiah complex. Akkon helped some village in Africa bringing electricity. This clown wants to “help” the world with beige zombie expensives clothes and sneakers. Delusional.

    • doofus says:

      I said the same yesterday. I think he is suffering from mental illness and needs treatment.

      • Myrna says:

        Yes @doofus.
        I am with you.
        I watched the clip and IMO he’s clearly got mental health issues.
        And I also believe he was high on something.
        His pupils were effed up.

        On Ellen – she did seem to egg him on, but I read a blind that she was livid with her staff for not briefing him about staying on point.
        I read the blind before watching the clip, but when I went to watch it didn’t seem like she was livid.
        I think she could have reeled him in had she wanted.

      • it's like you know says:

        @ Myrna: Ellen was livid at staff? Why? Did she think a lowly staff member saying to Kanye, “please stick to the topic”, would have worked?!

      • Myrna says:

        @It’s like – it was in a blind that I read and yes, it said that she was livid.
        How could I know why Ellen is alleged to have been livid or what she expected?!
        LOL
        But, I agree. How could anyone expect that someone who is obviously unglued and living in a alternate universe will follow instruction on the guidelines of an interview.

      • Jwoolman says:

        I can believe that Ellen decided “never again” since he’s so unpredictable, and I can only hope she decides to avoid the whole Kardashian Klan and their Jenner offshoot. But she had to know what she was getting and it sort of made for good tv …. So I would expect her to be sort of glad it happened but not anxious to experience another installment of the Kanye Krazy.

      • Naya says:

        I doubt that blind. This the kind of moment talk show hosts dream of. It gets their show onto the news, other talk shows will probably reference this in their monologues, it has reminded audiences that this could be a show to check out and provided her with endless material for future promo interviews and show sketches….the network probably sent her a bottle of champagne for the “score”.

      • Intuitive says:

        Where is the blind, please? 😊

    • TEAMHARDY says:

      Ha, poor Ellen. The expression on her face is priceless. Way to keep it together girl!

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      I’m not so sure it’s full blown mania, but more likely hypomania with delusions of grandeur ( maybe a messiah complex) ?

      Paranormal Girl, where are you?

      • SilkyMalice says:

        If he didn’t have the money he has, he would be on the streets for sure IMO. He does not seem to have the ability to relate normally to people.

      • Wren says:

        I bet he probably would be on the streets if he wasn’t who he is. Makes you wonder though how he got so far being so unfocused and………. unhinged. His parents weren’t in the industry to pave the way and hand him a career on the back of their name.

        Yesterday I read a comment referencing a bad car accident in 2008 (?) where he sustained significant injuries. The commenter postulated that he suffered brain damage that resulted in diminished impulse and emotional control. He may have been walking that genius/madman line before, but now it’s just madness. Don’t know if that’s true but it really sounded plausible. Would explain a lot, both his past success and current crazy.

      • Jwoolman says:

        Wren- I think his accident was closer to the year 2000, not sure exactly. He almost died, they had to reconstruct his jaw. He easily could have suffered damage that would toss impulse control out the window.

        But while his mom was alive, I think she helped stabilize him somehow. He lost his rock when she died and he blames himself for bringing her into the LA environment. She probably wouldn’t have gotten into plastic surgery otherwise. So that unfortunate feeling of guilt might also have helped tip him over the edge. He wasn’t a perfect person before the accident, but he seemed to especially start losing it after his mother died. If she had lived, I doubt that he would have ended up with Kim. His mom was unlikely to approve of her or the K Klan for many reasons. Reggie’s mom was unhappy with Kim also, which probably meant he was never going to propose marriage even before the annoying cameras drove him away.

        Poor Kim… I think Kanye is ok with all her procedures, despite his mother dying from complications, because he doesn’t really care that much for her. She’s just a possession and someone to experiment with in his cockamamie fashion ideas. I suppose I shouldn’t feel too sorry for her, since she routinely uses people (including Kanye) for her own purposes.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        I don’t like to armchair diagnose, but there is definitely something going on. There’s some mania exhibited, disordered thinking, something of a persecution complex… if I was seeing this in a patient, I might want to delve a little deeper into the possibility of bipolar disorder and/or borderline personality disorder, possibly schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. But I don’t treat him and don’t see him in unguarded moments, so it’s difficult to say what, if anything, he has going on.

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        Paranormal Girl,

        Thank you for your insights. I understand that it is hard to label when you don’t treat a person, but I think it is obvious to most that he has some type of mood or serious personality disorder going on, he is really delusional and rambling.

  4. Daisyfly says:

    ” We’re one race, the human race, we’re a blip in the existence of the universe and we’re constantly trying to pull each other down.”

    This is all fine and dandy, kittens and rainbows, and all purple prose, except it’s coming from the guy who compares himself to a God, believes he’s better than anyone else, and who demeans women (including his own wife) by relegating them to nothing more than sexual objects for his pleasure, whose value is only in their outward appearance. He’s Donald Trump with a Grammy, and he doesn’t even realize it.

    • Andama says:

      Well said!

    • MiniMii says:

      Says the man who has a clothing line only affordable to the wealthy, which is manufactured where? Is Kanye putting his money where his big
      mouth is and using ethical labour, or is he following in the steps of other clothing lines and outsourcing to countries where workers make $5 a day?

      This guy definitely has issues. I have a friend who has bipolar disorder and his manic talk is very much like Kanye’s (unlike Kanye he’s not insufferably egotistical or misogynistic though).

      • Erica_V says:

        I was so confused by that comment of his. How are you stopping kids from being bullied by selling $1200 ripped sweatshirts??!?!

  5. anniefannie says:

    I was watching it real time and I had to hit mute and I watched in astonishment as the time tic tocked away. I think he’s bi-polar w/ off the charts god complex . I’ve seen shades of this behavior in a friend when they’re in their manic phase, they think they can solve the worlds problems if only people will recognize their genius. I was somewhat pissed that Ellen egged him on , he clearly needs help….

    • Tiffany :) says:

      It didn’t seem to me that she was intentionally egging him on. I think she didn’t know exactly what to say, but to bring him back down she had to engage with him and say something. I don’t know what the best way to handle that would be.

      • Zwella Ingrid says:

        Yeah, she had to step in and guide the conversation the best she could to keep him from completely going off the rails.

    • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

      I mean he is there for an interview, what’s she gonna do? Cancel the whole show and let Kanye go sit in a corner?

      She tried to ask a few questions and let him have his say on a few topics without necessarilly oushing.

    • holly hobby says:

      Well she couldn’t very well let him go on and on. I don’t think anyone would want to be in her position. Poor thing.

      • anniefannie says:

        When Ellen asked about regrets on Twitter she sited asking Zuckerburg for the 53 million and he then said paraphrasing ” if I had the money I could help the world” that was the point when she should have shifted topics, instead she asked
        ” how would you save the world?” and rant ensued. The moment she asked how is what I felt was the egging….

      • holly hobby says:

        I think that would have been an honest follow up question. If someone said they would change the world if they had the money. The next question the other person would ask is “how?” I don’t think it’s unreasonable to follow that up with “How.”

        It’s obvious that set him off but to a sane person that question wasn’t really baiting.

      • anniefannie says:

        Well I immediately cringed when she asked ” how ” cause anyone who knows Kanye even in passing knows what’s coming.

  6. Josephine says:

    People help the world with far, far less than what he has . If he wanted to help the world, he would. But he just wants to talk about himself and revel in his own sense of worth. He and the Kardashians are exactly the opposite of helpful. I really think that they are a horrible influence on the world, emphasizing only the most superficial and vulgar in a race to the bottom for attention and money.

    • Lucy2 says:

      I agree- if he really wanted to do helpful things, he would. It’s all just blustering to make himself feel better about the shallowness of what his life has become.

      I do think he needs some help though, but sadly that family won’t do anything to quell the mania because it brings attention.

      • B n A fn says:

        I’m not a fan of KW, but I know I have been hearing about him for about ten years. He mentioned that his father was homeless living in a shelter about four years ago. He says he wants to help people, I believe he should start by helping his father. kW appears to be mentally ill and was going through a break with reality and was having flight of ideas. He brought up about a dozen topic but never expand a full thought out idea. My only thought watching him is, I hope KK does not let the children near him when he is having a break with reality, jmo.

      • Lindsay says:

        His father was a psychologist (oh, the irony) and lived there by choice to help people and started a foundation. Apparently he has more resources than his son seeing as he is actually helping.

      • Sarah says:

        @ Lindsay.
        My mother worked in human resources in a psychiatric hospital for years. So I know from talking to her that psychologists and psychiatrists have the worst behaved children. And yes, it is ironic. The parents psycho-analyse everything the child does and every behavioural issue becomes a consult. Discipline doesn’t happen and the kid often figures out at a very young age that they can get their own way with the you-hurt-my-feelings card. I’ve seen it happen. Ironic, yes.

    • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

      Exactly.

    • Wren says:

      Just like everything else, people who actually do a thing tend not to go on and on about it. Maybe they do when they’re asked specifically about it, but it’s not their main talking point at all times.

      It seems like Kanye really likes the idea of helping the world, but not so much the actual work of doing so. The funny thing is that he wouldn’t even have to do much, the man has more than enough resources to fund things from afar and not actually have to get his hands dirty. But first the world apparently needs more nude bodysuits.

    • pinetree13 says:

      With his amount of followers he could just TELL people about issues (Domestic Violence in Pakistan, Poaching of Elephants, Cystic Fibrosis, ANYTHING) and it would raise awareness and help with donations. He could simply bring up charities in his interviews even. Seriously, we are talking the TINIEST of efforts. BUT HE DOES NOT EVEN DO THAT!

      Imagine! Being able to help with putting in SO LITTLE effort. BUT HE DOES NOT DO THAT. He doesn’t have enough “resources” to help? GIVE ME A BREAK!

      Sickening. You only care about you, stop pretending otherwise Yeezy.

    • Gabriella says:

      A thousand times this. He doesn’t want to help anyone but himself. He surely already has the means to. He is a greedy madman, not a brilliant visionary.

  7. SilkyMalice says:

    If Paranormal Girl cares to comment, I will be interested.

    • Amanduh says:

      I know right?! I always wait to read her input!!

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      I just posted a wish for her input, too!

    • paranormalgirl says:

      I posted above. If these delusions are real…. I would look into the possibility of schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. I watched the rant again after my first post, and that jumped out at me. But who knows if these rants and behaviors are real or purposefully self-manufactured. I would love to get him in my office. He would be fascinating.

      • dj says:

        Agreed. His speech seemed tangential going from clothes helping people to father in homeless shelter to the Oscars (not necessarily in that order).

  8. Luffy says:

    1) I actually agree with him in that Chris Rock tried to turn a real issue into a joke and really when you’re making light of something you’re condoning it in a way.

    2) of course he would say that “one race, the human race” type of thing. He thinks racism is an obsolete issue.

    3) his father being homeless makes sense, mental illnesses tend to run in family’s. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that they’ve got similar conditions.

    4) how is Kanye stopping kids from being bullied with his clothing line? His clothes are very expensive and the kids who can’t afford to wear his hobo clothes will still be bullied so I’m not sure where he was going with that.

    • Adella says:

      Just to clarify, his father wasn’t homeless. He is a Christian counsellor and Kanye explained “Seven years ago, he lived in a homeless shelter, not because he was homeless, because he wanted to help the ex-drug addicts, he wanted to get that close.” I think because of his manic state he wasn’t able to clearly explain this on the Ellen show.

      • outhousecat says:

        You’d be surprised at the number of mentally ill people who work in the psych field. I’ve seen many of them lose it and wind up committed themselves. I wouldn’t be surprised if daddy Kenye has issues that he passed to his son.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        Really? Interesting. I’d be interested in seeing a study that showed how many psychiatric professionals have been “committed.” I would imagine the statistical data would show that it was about the same as the general population.

      • Jwoolman says:

        A friend who was a counselor said it was common for them to have a regular therapist just to have someone they could talk with confidentially when stuff from their clients started affecting them and keep on an even keel with all the stress. But I’ve never heard that people in such fields have a higher rate of mental illness than the rest of us. Although it seems to be one of those stressful jobs – there are loads of other high stress jobs these days.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        I’m a psychiatrist and yes, I have a therapist. It IS important to be able to deal with the stress. But no, we don’t have any higher incidence of mental illness than anyone else,

  9. UCatwoman says:

    He obviously cannot tone it down for a daytime television show. When he was asked during the 5 second rule game to name three hairy things he said, “balls, balls and balls”. He was disarmingly funny much of the time, but no class throughout.

    • Frosty says:

      Inviting Kanye onto the show, Ellen knew what she was doing. Sure he answered balls balls balls to be outrageous and make fun of the soothing, nicey-nice conventions of daytime t.v. at the same time.

  10. Aarika says:

    Hahaha dead @ The president and Leo giving him the side eye when he started to discuss clothes. And there is no doubt in my mind that he is struggling with some mental illness, hopefully he’ll get on with some good doctors who can help him instead of trolling for attention all day and night long.

  11. NewWester says:

    I would love to know what Ellen is thinking as she listens to Kanye talk.

  12. Madly says:

    I think he has mental issues and it is really uncomfortable to watch Ellen and others sit back and be entertained by it. He needs help, not ridicule.

    • claire says:

      What’s her deal these days? She’s been all about having the Kartrashians on her show these days. I always thought she was better than that so it’s been a surprise to see them all coming on this year. Is it some part of a deal she made?! Her fans on Facebook have all been expressing disappointment about this and holy moly, after Kanye yesterday, they really went off.

      • Erinn says:

        I can’t watch her anymore. Years ago, when I’d tune in occassionally – I found there were times where she just seemed mean spirited. Everyone goes on about how great and wonderful she is – but sometimes she can be so condescending and dismissive at times.

        I don’t know. I think she’s just as bad as any celeb. She’s kind of like the daytime Jimmy Fallon — all about kissing celebrity ass and being ‘in’ on stuff.

      • me says:

        I no longer watch Ellen. I just lost interest a few years ago. I think she’s all about the Kardashians/Jenners because she needs the ratings.

      • pinetree13 says:

        Erinn, I have ALWAYS noticed this as well! She is very condescending and talks down to a lot of her guests including the kids. I’ve always thought she seems like a mean person…the friendliness part seems fake to me. She often makes snide remarks that are much more “passive-aggressive-jab” then they are “attempt at humor”.

  13. Nancy says:

    He appeared manic, he appeared high. He barely addressed Ellen’s questions and almost never looked at her. It was as though he was delivering a soliloquy. His wife wants to censor his words before he tweets….right, if it were her brother, she would want to have him committed. I think he has the if it’s not broke don’t fix it mentality, and he thinks he’s perfection….so good luck Kanye and all the people who insist on having him on their shows to perform like some sort of circus animal. The man needs help not the uncomfortable giggles of an audience.

    • claire says:

      He’s got money. They won’t dump him and launch their smear campaign until they’ve made sure to get all the money.

      • me says:

        No man has ever survived that family, Kanye will be no different. If Kanye was dating Kourtney instead of Kim, and he wasn’t as rich or famous but still had the SAME personality and rants, do you think PMK would put up with that? Hell no.

    • Nancy says:

      @Me: You’re right, no man has ever escaped…..one even changed teams. Kim will keep him around for awhile, come on a third divorce. PMK is 60 and losing some of her hold on those bishes. Kim married at 18 without their blessing, but then again that was pre-sex tape Kim. Oh well it’s their problem, let them figure it out.

      • Jwoolman says:

        Actually, Kim’s second husband Kris Humphries survived pretty well after having to deal with some Kardashian-inspired fallout for a few months. But he had real support from his parents and his sister and his church and pastor, and wasn’t anything but a rather normal Midwestern guy, warts and all. He already had part of his family’s business and his own charity work and he took his religion seriously (he even had Kim going with him to Bible study and his pastor, who officiated at the wedding, managed to get Kim to haul herself over to Minnesota for a counseling session after she suddenly filed for divorce–she looked really irritated in pap photos) . Plus he really just wanted to play pro basketball and focused on that. The K’s peculiar type of dysfunctional family behavior and pretend church aka tax shelter must have been really baffling.

        Reggie survived for some similar reasons. He had family support, he stayed away from the cameras, and he focused on his sport. The ones who didn’t fare so well seem to be people lacking sufficient family support especially but also having emotional stability problems. They came into the relationship with problems that made them easier prey and without the kind of support that could help extract them from it.

  14. mellie says:

    Genius??? You’ve got to be kidding me. Just look at the crap he “designs” and take note of the way he speaks. The drunks in in the park in my town can speak more eloquently than this tool….and make more sense.

    • JudyK says:

      Agree…I’m dizzy from listening to that self-promoting rant.

    • Leah says:

      He’s no doubt extremely talented, but genius??

    • pinetree13 says:

      Many people are good in their fields. I don’t understand why when an Actor or Singer is good in there’s they get the “Genius” label. NO. This is no genius. Being able to write a catchy hook doesn’t make you a genius.

      • claire says:

        I would just change that to: “Being able to rap a catchy hook from your ghostwriters doesn’t make you a genius.” lol

  15. Ball_Breaker says:

    What’s his obsession with people who qualify as Polymaths? And his idiotic belief there is no one alive today who excels in multiple areas…. Hmmm, let me see
    Elon Musk – Tesla and SpaceX but doesn’t rap. NEXT!
    Sir Richard Branson – built multiple business ventures, but wait, doesn’t wear leather jogging pants. NEXT!
    Bruce Dickenson – singer, certified 747 pilot, champion fencer. Oh wait, doesn’t tweet stupid shit. NEXT!
    Damien Hirst – award winning artist and collector. Oh wait; didn’t marry a porn star. NEXT!
    Ricky Gervais – writer, actor, comedian. Damn, he doesn’t jump on stage and insult people. NEXT!
    Any astronaut???!!!! Usually requires a 1 PhD nope – doesn’t design shoes, NEXT!

    But let’s not forget. 99.9999% of try world are not celebrities. Most captains of industry who have spent years perfecting their craft, business or passion don’t do it so they can get on tv – they do it because they found their calling and the money that followed is secondary. This idiot doesn’t realize that.

    Let’s keep the train of successful multi-discipline names going people!

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Great points. He views the world vary narrowly, and puts a silly amount of value on celebrity.

    • Saks says:

      This! My first thought when I read his idiotic sentence was “umm, on the top of my head, Elon Musk”. And there are plenty of brilliant, incredibly talented people out there, doing great things for technology, arts, etc. but of course he doesn’t know them.

      • anon33 says:

        You guys, I’m literally going crazy-wasn’t “Elon Musk” a cheap drugstore fragrance from the 90s?????

    • pinetree13 says:

      What about Stephen Hawking!!!!!

    • GingerCrunch says:

      Sean Parker donating $250 million for cancer immunotherapy research? May not be genius, but putting all that money towards HELPING PEOPLE is pretty impressive.

  16. guest says:

    He could make all the difference in the world if he wanted to. His wife family has tons of disposable cash they spend on materiel goods. They don’t donate or do anything charitable it seems like.
    While Kim and North are wearing furs. Though Kanye needs someone to fund him, but yet he could buy kim a 35,000 dollar bracelets she will only wear once. Or 150 Christmas presents. Or flying to Paris, or going to Cuba.
    Yet he’s sssooooo broke.

    • Fiorella says:

      True and even if it’s less than mRk zuckerberg could give, such a genius should be able to make it work right

      • pinetree13 says:

        Great comment Fiorella.

        Such a genius but can’t figure out a way to help with “Just” millions and millions of dollars.

  17. Rhiley says:

    Thanksgiving Dinner with this guy…

    • BritAfrica says:

      Can you even imagine it??

      For some ridiculous reason that I can’t explain, I get so embarrassed as a black person when someone prominent from my race speaks and behaves idiotically. We have so few role models that to have one spot wasted on someone who is this thick and moronic is just more than I can bear!

      I dread the day we end up with a British version, because that is certainly going to happen at some point, sadly. Discussing the selling of clothes at the President’s table??………OMG!

      • Jwoolman says:

        Well, like Lindsay Lohan, I’m 3/4 Irish and pale and from a long line of alcoholics. I feel absolutely no responsibility or shame for her shenanigans despite the fact that we’re probably some kind of cousins…. :)

        At some point, we need to discard the idea that everybody in our gene pool represents us all, even if the bigots try to make it so. That’s really the pressure you’re feeling, from other people who might look at Kanye and think his behavior says something meaningful about anybody else with common ancestry. That’s really the nature of prejudice, extrapolating from very limited experience to pre-judge an entire group. So someone who is black can be manic and design the ugliest clothes seen in recent times. That’s just the flip side of the “positive role models” demonstrating that someone who is black can be a scientist or an engineer or a business genius or a great writer or actor. The real lesson is that people can be anything, good or bad.

  18. The Eternal Side-Eye says:

    It sometimes kills me that some of the most visually prominent people talking about racism are only talking about it in as far as it effects them.

    This is how I feel about Azealia Banks as well. On an intellectual level they realize something is wrong with a society that holds others down based on skin tone but their criticisms come from a place of selfishness. ‘Why are you holding ME down. Why are you judging ME.’ They don’t care about the ‘we’ or ‘us’ only as much as there’s strength in numbers. Only as much as they need some way to defend and excuse their actions.

    Whenever they get caught saying stupid stuff suddenly it’s all about us and how it’s so wrong for society to award merits based on race, but when they have the opportunity to speak on their own their concerns are only about themselves or they say some bull about how racism is gone. Kanye can babble on till eternity about how it’s all for the greater good but if Mark Zuckerberg held out a trillion dollar check right now and told Kanye he could either take it for his clothing line or donate it to multiple black causes Kanye would take the money and run.

    Also I saw some ADHD/mania in there. This is not normal, this is not how normal people behave. PS. Did he really just reference bone density machines??? (Cleveland Show reference)

    • QQ says:

      THIS everything you said , Kanye and his larger points of Racism and the revolutionary politics of self love and black ego are actually NOT wrong but Kanye never feels a way about anything but his access to arbitrary luxury and ridiculously classist sh!t and so on til people are laughing at him, and then is “act Out time” and then much like Azealia Banks he seems under the impression that his Freedom of speech comes with freedom of consequences and that my friends, is where he got Online Effed up

      That said I had to turn it off because the fact of the matter is that Kanye doesn’t sound nor act ” well” as in IDK if he is Ok or stable, I couldn’t hang to that and I don’t understand what is happening behind the scenes and in his life to make him act/be this way, I honestly enjoy Most of his catalogue but I cannot watch Kanye Kardashian Rants on CAPS any more, Much like I hope Azealia addresses whatever is her mental health at this point

      • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

        Agreed. Kanye is on far more than a passion tip, this is something else and whatever label it goes by it needs addressing because he’s turning into the newest celeb we bring out to laugh at their wackiness (but he’s too out of it to be in on the joke).

        He and Azealia make me sad/mad. If white society loved and cherished them they’d say to hell with the rest of us, but because they feel just a tenth of the burdens and slings the rest of us do suddenly it’s all raging against the man and how they can do and say this offensive thing because they’re black.

        I just need some people to speak the truth from a place of wanting us all to rise, and somewhere along the line Kanye lost that.

      • Mixtape says:

        QQ and TESE, Yes! And just to further the point of how “act out time” only ends up hurting the greater cause, back when Kanye had the nerve to break script and state “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” (oft misquoted as George Bush hates black people, which is totally different) during the Katrina fundraiser, it was truth, it needed to be said, and he said it using his national platform… but it was brushed off as just Kanye being crazy Kanye. Similarly, there are moments of truth in this “rant” to Ellen, but they are lost in his overall message of self-absorption.

      • Jwoolman says:

        I’ve been face to face with people in a manic phase, and he was in one. There’s no mistaking that speech pattern, whatever the underlying cause. But one good thing about the video is that he doesn’t come across as a bad person. Just one who needs medical attention.

    • Asiyah says:

      Thank you for that, Eternal Side-Eye! Exactly how I see it.

    • me says:

      He rants but then never follows through with any action. Just “yelling” about something isn’t going to fix it. He needs to DO something if he isn’t happy with the way America or the world is. Does he think all the movers and shakers of the world had millions at their disposal to change the world? The biggest names, Rosa Parks, Ghandi, to name a few had very little money but made huge differences. Kanye needs to educate himself but he doesn’t like to read books so…

    • I Choose Me says:

      No lies detected here.

      I didn’t even click on the vid because I know the second hand embarrassment would be too strong. I’m in no way qualified to diagnose what’s wrong with him but something obviously is. I hope someone who cares about him wakes up and tries to get him the help he so obviously needs.

    • Jwoolman says:

      Kanye actually played a young rapper character, Kenny West, on The Cleveland Show (pretty well, actually) and so he might have trouble remembering it was a cartoon show…. Kenny the character made reference to a bone density machine sales job, from The Pursuit of Happyness, which Kanye also referenced in his disjointed Ellen performance. So because those things were directly in the script he had to learn for the show, they might loom large in his chaotic brain and he is more likely to pull them out of the swirling cauldron of his thoughts.

  19. MAC says:

    I had to turn the video off, it is disturbing

  20. Tiffany27 says:

    I can’t watch it. It makes me truly uncomfortable. Idk if it’s because of second hand embarrassment or if it’s because it truly seems like a manic episode.

  21. Chaucer says:

    He needs help. I’m a Kanye apologist for sure. The guy says really great and important things about art and artistic integrity, but it gets lost in his rambling. I hope someone steps in and encourages him to calm down a bit.

  22. me says:

    1. Stop calling him a “genius”. Let’s get his IQ tested first. I highly doubt he’s anywhere near “genius” level.

    2. His dad was sleeping in a homeless shelters just a few years ago? So while Kanye was lavashing the Kardashians with expensive gifts and cars, Kanye’s OWN father was in a homeless shelter? Yet he wants to help people and make the world a better place? He can start with his OWN family then.

    3. No, Kanye you are not going to make the world a better place through “fashion”. You want to talk about bullying and clothes? The paps caught you at the airport telling a young man to throw away his sneakers because they weren’t Yeezy’s. Ok then. Shut up.

  23. Karla says:

    He just sounds like a ranting school kid. He isn’t particularly coherant or articulate. His thoughts sort of run into each other. He also seems to think he is far more important than he actually is. He is a rapper/musician, not the second coming of Christ. Why does he need ‘help’ to put his ideas into practice? He is wealthy and famous. I wish he would do instead of talk.

  24. Ever says:

    Without going down a rabbit hole of trying to diagnose someone ( that’s serious and not for me to do)- I love Kanye. Yes, he does and says things I don’t understand or agree with, and yes he can be very offensive ( but that’s not the point I’m discussing or addressing) but he’s SO refreshing to me in that he just says exactly what he’s thinking. Whether what he says is on point or not, he’s unedited in a world of crazy censorship and control of image. He’s married to the freaking poster child of manipulating public perception. Hes like a huge middle finger to celebrity and I love it.

    • B n A fn says:

      @Ever, … “he’s so refreshing to me in that he says exactly what’s he’s thinking”. Didn’t he say to. Ellen, “what’s the point of thinking”.

      • Ever says:

        Yes, he did. AFTER she asked him a line of questions about censored tweets and Facebook messages and nonsense about a board of directors to censor his thoughts. I still say he’s refreshing in saying what he’s thinking and not being censored. With that, I’m not seeing a point to your statement against what I previously stated.

  25. samab says:

    HIGH AS A KITE!

  26. FingerBinger says:

    Music geniuses are revolutionary. They shape music. Jimi Hendrix ,Mozart and Prince were geniuses. How is Kanye West genius? He hasn’t changed music in any way.

  27. Soprana says:

    Kanye needs to go on Graham Norton. THAT would be EPIC x100000

  28. paolanqar says:

    ‘What’s the point of thinking?’
    He said everything I needed to know about him.

  29. EscapedConvent says:

    A genius, you say? Remember that guy, Prince? That was a
    genius. Let’s stop throwing that word around.

    Also, Kanye could easily afford to bring clean water to a hundred villages by the end of next week if he really wanted to help some people who desperately need it. It wouldn’t even affect his ability to buy diamond chokers for Kim and diamond sneakers for his kids.

    • EM says:

      hear, hear!

    • pinetree13 says:

      E X A C T L Y!

      He may not be able to save the world but with his level of wealth he could GREATLY improve the lives of THOUSANDS of people.

      But….cool clothes for kids will….stop bullying? Actually clothing is often a SOURCE of bullying. IN that a kid with expensive Kanye sneakers will tease the kid that cannot even afford new sneakers, let alone designer ones. But even kids that wear uniforms get bullied. WHATEVER Kanye.

    • Molly says:

      yes to your comment. Prince yes. Kanye no.

  30. Kitten says:

    I just don’t think he’s high. I don’t even think he does hard drugs TBH.

  31. Josefina says:

    I think his point about #OscarsSoWhite would’ve been pretty good, if it didn’t come from a guy known for taking awards shows WAY too seriously.

    As for the rest of it… typical Kanye. I’m not a psychiatrist so I won’t diagnose him with anything. But this man clearly lives in a bubble. He’s lost touch with the real world a long time ago.

  32. Karla says:

    I think he has been around yes men too long and has a bit of a victim complex which turns people off of him.

    He comes across as whiny, petulant and bratty which diminishes the value of anything he says and then gets angry that people don’t understand him.

  33. holly hobby says:

    OMG the text of his interview sounds so jumbled. I really do think had his mother lived, she would have been able to reign in the craziness. She would have absolutely stopped him from selling his soul to the Karthrashians for sure.

    Ugh he sounds so superficial. So he thinks clothing is more important than the environment? Really?

    • Karla says:

      I think Donda was also losing herself a little to the whole celeb machine as well. Maybe she wouldn’t have been able to reign him in as much as we think.

  34. Anastasia says:

    He went, at one point, from being five years old, to getting a PhD in art, to calling Payless and asking them to work with him (and the way he said it, it sounds as if he was 5 years old calling Payless) to bullying to Michael Jackson, to MTV, to having 100 years.

    That made no sense whatsoever. Ellen is truly a professional. I would have sat there with my mouth hanging open, and then when he finished, I would have just said, “OKAY.”

    • drnotknowitall says:

      The trifecta of mania: disjointed, fast, grandiose. Not diagnosing, just making an observation of his behavior.

  35. knower says:

    I think the Blind Gossip item was right about Kanye being mentally ill – Kanye is the artist who is bipolar but who thinks he knows more than the doctors when it comes to take what amounts and what certain ones on certain days.
    :(

    I would be shocked if Justin Bieber wasnt bipolar too. It’s sad cause….they could make sure a difference being honest about it, hell even make more money and fans. But I understand their teams and how they would squash that, it sucks.

  36. HK9 says:

    He struck me as a lost boy, who misses his Mom who may also be high on something at the moment.

  37. LittleSilverBoulder says:

    This is being covered like it’s proof positive of Kanye’s pathological megalomania. I would counter that other than some statements of grandeur at the beginning (which may be megalomaniacal or may just be a case of him giving us what he knows we “expect” of him at this point), the rest, I think, is just an example of a very passionate man finally getting to speak at length (instead of in 140 characters) to both a captive audience and a national audience who would not normally listen to him.

    And maybe I’m projecting, but I read a look of “concern turning to moved turning to affection turning to relief” when I watched Ellen watching him.

    • Ever says:

      I thought the same. He said it himself, if we took away the paparazzi and the idea of what we think ‘Kanye’ should behave like and actually paid attention to him and listened to what he had to say, he’s just expressing he cares about people and wants the world to be a better place and he had more than 140 characters to do it.

      And I’m not going to sit here and bash on a man that some argue is mentally -ill. Whether he is or isn’t it’s disgusting to put so much pressure and hate on a person that elicited a jump- to diagnosis. Mental health is a serious issue that does not get taken seriously. Drug addition is also a serious issue and none of us have the right to place those types of issues into a person that we have no idea who they are. It’s shameful to make such statements and its harmful. It’s also a lot easier to tell the other person to “go do this” or “go do that” if they “really want to help people” and use others and not their own example to prove why he’s ‘wrong.’ Get off it and go build your own legacy of the ‘right’ way to save people.

    • drnotknowitall says:

      I respectfully disagree. One can be passionate without being disordered. One can be passionate without the inability to focus on a single idea. He is scattered. He is disjointed. His thoughts appear to be racing. He appears to be impulsive. He appears to have an unrealistic view of himself and of the world and his role in it. It is one thing to want to save the world. It is another thing to ask for money – when one is already a millionaire – in order to save the world through clothing design. The value structure there is absurd. He appears to sleep little during these episodes, tweeting at all hours and attending non stop events. He appears to have excessive energy. He makes dire and absolute statements that paint everything as either one extreme or another. This is all classic mania.

      • Ever says:

        I can absolutely see what you’re saying and I’m not disagreeing. My issue with a lot of the chatter that surrounds Kanye is when people start discussing his mental health like its up for public discussion and they “know” ( I’m not saying this toward you, just a general reference toward anyone who believes such) and then uses it to shame him. Yes, he’s out in the public forum but that still doesn’t make it acceptable to pick him apart for something that (allegedly) is out of his control.

        There are huge discussions about, let’s say, Blake Lively and her recent lyric tweet and how she wasn’t concerned with the deeper implications of what she tweeted and how if people take offense to that they have every right. I think the same standard applies here. There are many people on this board who have admitted they have their own history with mental illness. and to come on here, whether talking about Kanye or not, to see such hateful disregard for his mental state I think is problematic. It makes me sick to think of a person being ripped apart for something they may have, at no fault of their own,have any control over.

      • LittleSilverBoulder says:

        Fair enough. Thank you for your measured reply @DrNotKnowItAll. I really appreciate you breaking down Kanye’s speech (?) like that. It’s easier for me to see that side of the argument when specifics are given than it is when some posters simply shout “He’s crazy! D’uh!”

        It’s tough because the part where he discusses why he’s in fashion in the first place comes off to me as very sympathetic and considered (ie remembering being bullied as a child because of his clothes) so I really want to defend him.

    • Jwoolman says:

      Littlesilverboulder- he didn’t talk like a passionate person who was taking advantage of a national audience. His thoughts were jumbled, he couldn’t compete them but just raced on to the next thought fragment. People who knew something of Kanye could extract some meaning here and there or at least see where he was pulling the words from, but someone unfamiliar with him would be totally baffled.

      Truly passionate people working on projects near and dear to their heart are always ready to give a coherent explanation of their work and plans that make sense to people unfamiliar with the projects. Kanye is very emotional, but he’s not coherent even about very simple things when he’s in a manic phase. Notice how confused his comments about his own father in a homeless shelter were, giving the impression that his dad was homeless when actually he was.a counselor. That’s an easy topic to be clear about, but he couldn’t do it. His thinking was too fragmented to get out the basic details. Contrast this performance to times he actually has not been manic – then he’s able to speak in complete and connected sentences that make sense without footnotes.

      A lot of us have dealt in realspace with people definitely diagnosed with manic episodes due to various causes. Kanye was talking like those people in their manic phase. It’s an unforgettable pattern once you’ve heard it in person from someone you know in their non-manic phases.

  38. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    I only made it half way through the video. I don’t see the genius. At all. I see a disorganized & chaotic thought pattern. He seems unable to get any one point across clearly because he constantly interrupts himself.

  39. umila says:

    I obviously have no business being a doctoral candidate if I’m going to giggle like a five year old over ‘bone density machine’. I bet he was super excited to string those words together. What the hell is he talking about?! I don’t mean that part alone; I mean all of it!

  40. Heather says:

    Only Kanye thinks this is an act that he controls.

  41. Jayna says:

    OMG. I had to take a break halfway through and haven’t finished it.

    He reminds me of Tom Cruise, “I care about people.” Blah, blah. They both have a Messiah complex. Well, how about going out into the world and doing some volunteer work, put some homeless kids through college, mentor some kids, create some foundation with your money to help single mothers with limited education to better themselves, instead of asking for 50 million for your “creations” that somehow are going to change the world. Painful to watch. Kanye suffers from way more than ADD and ADHD. He seems bipolar to me.

    I can’t imagine being married to him and being subjected to these wandering delusions of grandeur for hours.

    • kanyekardashian says:

      I’m bipolar and I’ve never ever acted this way. He is simply a narcissist to the nth degree. Maybe even a sociopath.

      • drnotknowitall says:

        1. There are different types of bipolar spectrum disorders and not all of them present the same way in each individual

        2. Many patients are not always aware of their behavior during one or both polarities.

        3. He is absolutely not a sociopath.

        4. He is displaying symptoms of a bipolar spectrum disorder (I am not diagnosing him, I am simply commenting on how he appears to be behaving).

      • SilkyMalice says:

        drnotknowitall, I have been enjoying your commentary. And agree on all points.

  42. kanyekardashian says:

    This is the very reason I stopped watching Ellen’s show. I get that she’s kind and nice and all that and I love her old sitcom, but her head is way too far up Kanye’s and the Kartrashians’ asses now. It sickens me how she kisses their butts considering how many people detest them.

  43. Velvet Elvis says:

    OMG can everybody just stop referring to Kanye as a genius already!? In his own mind he may be, and in his madness he has convinced other people to buy into it. The emperor’s new clothes. He’s made some decent music and has created some terrible fashion, but so has Gwen Stefani for that matter. Don’t hear anyone calling her a genius. Kanye’s delusions of grandeur, manic behavior and rants about trying to save the world through fashion aren’t marks of a genius, but rather a megalomaniac.

  44. Kate says:

    I do not see genius anywhere in this. I see someone who THINKS he’s a genius, who THINKS he holds the secret to “helping the world”. In reality, he is as valid as his wife and her family. How can you rant about wanting money to help the world when you’re millions of dollars in debt from financing your own projects? Why didn’t you spend those millions making a difference to people in poverty, people who are undereducated, people suffering injustice?
    I see just another celebrity using their platform to talk a big game but refusing to put their money where their mouth is. He is a megalomaniac, not a genius.

  45. drnotknowitall says:

    I am not going to diagnose a total stranger who is not a patient and whose case history I don’t have access to. I am merely commenting on how his behavior appears, which is not a diagnosis. But as I have said before, I am concerned because he is displaying the tell tale signs of manic behavior and has been for a long time. His scattered rambling, quick speech, grandiose ideas, etc., are typical of a bipolar spectrum disorder cycling through a manic phase. I don’t see any evidence of drug use, but it may very well be a part of the situation.

    • knower says:

      @drnotknowitall

      +100000000 to your comment

    • Jwoolman says:

      He might possibly not be into drugs simply because I doubt Kim would have gone with him if he were. Kim hardly even drinks alcohol. I’ve never seen her in a condition suggesting otherwise, while her mother and sister Khloe obviously are not of like mind. So if Kanye were using drugs, that would likely have been a deal breaker even for Kim.

  46. LeAnn Stinks says:

    I really do not know what it says about our society when this arrogant, petulant non talent can sell merchandise (whether it be his “music” or his clothing) and his wife, and her family, are still on TV and making money. This is beyond the dumbing down of America. Talk about low hanging fruit. Sheesh…

  47. PennyRobinson says:

    My husband is bipolar and this reminds me exactly of him during a manic episode. Then toss in the narcissistic part. I can imagine what it must have been like to be around him for the rest of the evening and perhaps weeks to come. The episodes can last for a very long time. That’s why we are getting a divorce. I just couldn’t do another 30 years like the past 30. ugh.

  48. Whitney says:

    This would be 100 times more awkward without the prompted clapping and cheering

  49. Kanye Pooped says:

    Show the pic where he pooped his pants. The talentless loser can’t even control his own bowels.

  50. Amelie says:

    He is NOT a genius. Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius. Prince is a genius. Kanye has nowhere near half their talent. Anyone can tell from the way he rambles he isn’t all there. No idea what is wrong with him but he reminds me of my bipolar friend. Takes over the conversation and jumps from topic to topic with no rhyme or reason and exhausting to keep up with. He has had a handful of good songs but that doesn’t make him some prodigy.

  51. Molly says:

    I watched the clip and wondered abt the reference to “PhD Art Institute of Chicago.” Then I googled it. Sorry but an honorary doctorate isn’t exactly the same as earning a PhD. He’s all over the place–clearly off the rails. Classic narcissist behavior. Reminds me of a disruptive student who hijacks discussion. He sure has a high opinion of himself. Ellen does not look pleased.

  52. This is worth reading for anyone who might use the word “genius” and “Kanye” in the same sentence. It’s a Washington Post article from December of this year titled “Why People Think Total Nonsense is Really Deep.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/12/01/the-kinds-of-people-who-confuse-total-nonsense-for-something-really-deep/

  53. Caz says:

    PMK & Kim are probably regretting this arrangement by now. Kanye doesn’t seem so cool now, just terribly worrying.

    If that rant took place in Aus the audience would have responded with silence or guffaws of laughter at (not with) him and rolling of eyes. Not applause – we call out BS when it’s that obvious.

  54. Frosty says:

    I’ve come to appreciate Kanye, he’s a very smart guy but self-absorbed (normal for a celebrity really) and a poor, though entertaining, communicator. Honestly, I don’t think he’s “crazy;” I think he’s up to here with this country’s inane, yet deadly, prejudices.

  55. His ADHD-ish behavior is his moving around. He cannot sit still. Of course it could be something else too. You can’t diagnose ADHD just by looking at someone. People with ADHD can’t definitely rant for 7 minutes. But this rant sounds more manic to me, or drug-fueled.

  56. CoolWhipLite says:

    Manic, self-important, tantrummy, and scattered