MANSFIELD: Going Kanye

Every now and again a new word enters the lexicon, usually driven by a need to be more succinct, more descriptive in our thought processes and therefore our language, and thereby enhancing our ability to communicate more clearly and accurately. Now is one of those times.

While I’m not technically inventing a new word, I am taking the name “Kanye” and using it as a synonym for “crazy,” as in, “Don’t go all Kanye on me!”

I know that it’s not nice to mock individuals with mental health conditions (West hasn’t been right in the head since his mother died), but since when do we put such people in situations where they can be publicly mocked? Camera crews don’t go down to Public Square, on to a mental health facility, and begin rolling the cameras to capture the ramblings of a madman and then put the segment on the evening news. So why are they giving Kanye a platform?

You know why: Because he’s a rich celebrity, the two things we Americans love and value above all else: wealth and fame. Obviously, it makes no difference if the person is a few bricks shy of a full load, if their mental elevator isn’t reaching all of the floors, if — well, you get what I’m driving at — we will still worship at the altar of their power and glory, Amen.

The entire thing in the Oval Office with Trump was purely a staged media event, and the only way it could have come off better for the president when Kanye hugged him and said “I love this guy!” is if he had added, “And I’ll suck his dick right now to prove it, for real; plus I swallow!”

The fact is, Kanye isn’t even gay, it’s just that he’ll do anything to stay in the spotlight, and that would be an image which would have ensured that he would remain famous — or infamous — forever. He could have gone even more “Kanye” right there for the TV cameras.

It’s sad for him, but even sadder for us. Seemingly the only thing we know to do in this country when presented with a situation of this nature is to start a “GoFundMe” page. But in this case, the dude is already rich — so rich, in fact, that no one can force him to take his medication. And as long as Kanye is off his meds he’s going to continue to act out as if he’s crazy — because he is.

From CoolCleveland correspondent Mansfield B. Frazier mansfieldfATgmail.com. Frazier’s From Behind The Wall: Commentary on Crime, Punishment, Race and the Underclass by a Prison Inmate is available in hardback. Snag your copy and have it signed by the author at http://NeighborhoodSolutionsInc.

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