Kanye West A Case Study in Mental Illness


President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West pose for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Kanye West has had some major meltdowns in public, and now a college professor at Washington University in St. Louis is looking to use his meltdowns as a case study for mental illness.

Dr. Jeffrey McCune is posing the case study as a lecture titled “Name One Genius That Ain’t Crazy: Kanye West and the Politics of Self-Diagnosis.” The lecture is set to point out how West is both “crazy” and a “genius” at the same time. McCune gave more information on the upcoming lecture, saying, “Ultimately what I’m getting at in this lecture is not just about Kanye, it’s also about the larger notion of crazy and how we utilize it.”

McCune is planning to use the lecture to argue how race can intensify the label of “crazy” as a mental illness opposed to the use of the word in reference to someone who is seen as an innovator.

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