Why Kim Kardashian's Point About Mental Health And Kanye West's Twitter Rant Is Important

The reality star defends husband Kanye West's tweets.

In a recent tweet, Kim Kardashian reminds us that the "mental health card" is not a good defense when you disagree with someone's opinions. Her comment comes as husband Kanye West expressed his own thoughts in a recent Twitter storm. Like it or not, this distinction is necessary as we cannot vilify people by bringing up mental illness.


Over the past few days, the rapper has been creating major waves online with tweets about various topics including โ€” but not limited to โ€” Get Out-inspired imagery, the music industry, a possible presidential run, and other seemingly off-the-wall views. That said, nothing is making headlines more than Yeezy's support for President Donald Trump (with whom he doesn't "agree 100%") and all the MAGA love he is sharing.

As Bustle points out, stories have been popping up online questioning West's mental health in response to the stream of consciousness that has taken over Twitter. The rumor mill has been working overtime churning out this angle and Kardashian is not here for it. And she makes a good point in her tweets.

"To the media trying to demonize my husband let me just say thisโ€ฆ your commentary on Kanye being erratic & his tweets being disturbing is actually scary," she began. "So quick to label him as having mental health issues for just being himself when he has always been expressive is not fair."

"He's a free thinker, is that not allowed in America?" Kardashian added in her tweets, asking if "you have to throw in the mental health card" just because you don't agree with West. In fact, Kardashian noted that even she doesn't agree with everything her husband thinks, particularly in relation to supporting President Trump.

"Mental health is no joke and the media needs to stop spitting that out so casually," the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star concluded. "Bottom line."

This isn't the first time a narrative about West's often outlandish behavior has sparked a discussion about his mental illness. Back in 2016, when West canceled tour dates, Lady Gaga โ€” who always notes the importance of speaking out about mental health โ€” defended him on Twitter in a similar way to what Kardashian is doing now.

While this distinction is important to make โ€” that you can't equate opinions you don't agree with, no matter how "normal" you think they are โ€” it's also important to realize that many people who do have mental health issues don't seek the help they deserve. To have concern about someone's state of well-being is noble, but to use it as an excuse to malign someone is something that shouldn't be stood for โ€” no matter who you support or what you believe.

If you or a loved on is in need of resources to help with mental illness, visit www.mentalhealth.gov.

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