In a discussion with a US celebrity gossip outlet, Kanye West claimed that he isn’t bipolar and instead might be “slightly autistic”.
There are few feelings worse than opening up Twitter and seeing “Kanye West” trending. ‘Far out, what’s he done this time?’ you think to yourself.
What has he done this time? Well, the disgraced rapper was approached by US celebrity gossip outlet X17 and claimed that he isn’t bipolar but “may be slightly autistic”.
“I am not bipolar. I am not in some kind of episode, but I may be slightly Autistic,” claimed Ye, “like Rain Man, and that’s part of my superpower!”
Ye also claimed that he “can’t accept hate” and asked “have you ever known an autistic person that hates?” presumably trying to argue that his alleged (and undiagnosed) autism makes him incapable of hating?
The self-proclaimed fountain of love then immediately went on a semi-coherent and baseless rant about how “The Jewish people are the middlemen. They sold America to China. They sold the American Media.”
Needless to say, the autistic community hasn’t taken kindly to Ye’s latest comments. And many Twitter users both neurodivergent and neurotypical have taken to the platform to condemn the rapper and raise concerns that the comments may further perpetuate the unjust stigma around autism.
For those of you who are in need of an education after Kanye's most recent asinine comments. There is no such thing as being "slightly #autistic". Autism isn't about being antisemitic, abusive, or hateful It's a neurotype. Not a mental disorder. AND, he ISN'T #ActuallyAutistic
— The #ActuallyAutistic Coach | Matthew (@AutisticCoach_) December 13, 2022
Bipolar disorder doesn't make you racist, misogynistic,and antisemitic. Neither does autism.
Please don't let Kanye use mental illness and neurodevelopmental diagnoses as sheilds for his behavior. It only adds stigma to those conditions. https://t.co/mP90POtGbs
— Catherine (@_pgoat) December 13, 2022
No. Absolutely no. You absolutely do not use autism as a get out of jail card, implying that we autistic folks bigots. This is a case of being Kanye West, a raging antisemite and racism. This is triggering to us autistic folks on so many levels https://t.co/Cq4pQqEjhM
— Charlie Ensor (He/Him) (@charlieensor) December 13, 2022
Ye’s recent comments are the latest in a long line of batshit hate speech and nonsense from a man who naively conflates reckless outspokenness and shallow contrarianism with intellectual and artistic superiority.
Earlier this month he made Alex Jones sweat bullets by appearing on the right-wing conspiracy theorist’s show and praising Adolf Hitler, before announcing he was running for president via a Twitter post combing the Star of David with a swastica — a move that promptly got him banned from the social media platform.