Let’s cut right to the chase:
1: Kanye’s stupid.
2: Ye’s having a psychotic episode.
3: Saint Pablo thinks he can say anything and get away with it.
4: Yeezy just wants to be done with it all so he’s burning his life down.
Me, I’m leaning on 4, but keeping my options open on 2.
That’s the best I’ve got. If you’ve got another theory, hit me up at the email address below (I’m open to other explanations).
In case you missed it, West on Thursday praised Adolf Hitler and Nazis in a bizarre interview with far-right radio host Alex Jones.
“I like Hitler,” said West, who was wearing a full head cover that made him look like a mannequin. He fixed it a bit later, saying, “I love Jewish people,” but he lost it again when he added, “but I also love Nazis.”
At another point, Ye said, “The Jewish media has made us feel like the Nazis and Hitler have never offered anything of value to the world. I see good things about Hitler, also.”
Jones laughed and interjected, “Well, I have to disagree with that.” When you’ve got Jones to the Left of you, you’ve done something wrong.
So let’s work through my possible explanations.
First, West isn’t stupid. He might not be book smart, but he sure as hell is smart (dummies don’t become billionaires by building massive empires in music, fashion, and art). So I’m discarding that one.
Second, Kanye’s having a mental health issue. This is a strong possibility. West was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2016 but didn’t make that public until his 2018 album Ye. Months after that, he told President Donald Trump that it was a “misdiagnosis.”
I’ve got some experience with schizophrenia (my aunt, my son) and I think Ye is on that spectrum. Medication (once the right combination is found — and that’s not easy) can help, but psychotic episodes could still occur. When they do, rational thought goes out the window — but to the sufferer, everything still seems to make perfect sense.
Third, Yeezy thinks he can just say whatever he wants and get away with it. Trump, one of his heroes, has the same delusion. “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,” Trump said at a campaign rally in January 2016 — and he still won.
But West must’ve at least learned a little lesson the last time he bashed Jewish people, when his sponsors bailed on him in droves and he lost a reported $1 billion.
So, fourth. The more I think about it, this one makes the most sense (after excluding No. 2, of course). What if you just wanted to be done with it all — the fame, the paparazzi, everything? You can’t just put out a bad album (he has), charge $1,000 for sneakers (he does), or allege that Jews run Hollywood (that’s an old saw many have played before).
Nope, you gotta go full Hitler. You’ve got to say that not only is Hitler not bad, he was actually good and offered things of “value” to the world. That one will rub just about everybody the wrong way (except for Mel Gibson).
And the Aussie actor is a good example of how to incinerate your entire life in one fell swoop. Overnight, Gibson was finished in Hollywood and disappeared.
Then again, I’m not sure Gibson is actually the best example here. He did disappear for a while, but then he made “Hacksaw Ridge.” It got nominated for a bunch of awards, and now he’s embraced by Hollywood again.
So that’s my best guess. Sure, it could be No. 2 (and when you’re a billionaire, no one can tell you what to do [think Michael Jackson using propofol, a powerful anesthesia, to go to sleep nightly]). In November 2016, he was committed to the UCLA Medical Center with hallucinations and paranoia. That’s schizophrenia. And that’s a lifelong malady.
And it could still be No. 3, maybe he thinks at this point he can just say anything.
One thing we know for sure: This mess isn’t over. Ye’s in the throes of … something, and it won’t end until it plays itself out fully. Unfortunately, there’s no stopping that now.
The views expressed in this piece are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Wire.
Joseph Curl has covered politics for 35 years, including 12 years as White House correspondent for a national newspaper. He was also the a.m. editor of the Drudge Report for four years. Send tips to email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @josephcurl.