Halsey Pinpoints The Problem With Jokes About Kanye West's Mental Health

Written by on July 22, 2020

Halsey is urging her followers to indicate compassion towards individuals who present signs of a psychological well being situation — no matter how it’s possible you’ll really feel about them.

“You possibly can hate somebody’s actions or opinions with out contributing to stigma that damages a whole group of generally weak folks all for a few laughs,” she tweeted Monday.

The “With out You” singer posted the tweet after many individuals slammed and mocked rapper Kanye West— who lately had a  controversial debut political rally in South Carolina and posted a collection of troubling and now-deleted tweets.

In each conditions, West made seemingly outlandish claims, declaring that Harriet Tubman “by no means truly freed the slaves, she simply had them work for different white folks”; that “NBC locked up Invoice Cosby”; and that the film “Get Out” is about his life.

In a single tweet, West additionally claimed that his spouse “Kim [Kardashian West] was attempting to fly to Wyoming with a physician to lock me up.”

Though Halsey by no means mentions West by identify in her tweet, each have been open about being recognized as bipolar. Plus, West’s latest actions have been making headlines — and are actually on the forefront of public consideration.

Some on Twitter have known as West “loopy” — a phrase that perpetuates psychological well being stigma. Others have cracked jokes about his psychological state.

“No jokes proper now,” Halsey additionally tweeted Monday, noting her work to coach the general public on her bipolar situation and discrimination. “I’m so disturbed by what I’m seeing. Private opinions about somebody apart, a manic episode [isn’t] a joke. If you happen to can’t provide understanding or sympathy, provide your silence.”

Psychological well being specialists advise non-experts to keep away from posting about psychological well being on social media.

“I believe it’s higher to not remark, most often,” therapist Racine Henry lately informed HuffPost. “We don’t know what that individual struggles with each day. We don’t know what their traumas are, regardless that we assume to know every part about public figures and we don’t know what sort of progress they’re making.”

Ignorance about psychological well being additionally usually contributes to deadly outcomes for folks with psychological well being situations, together with however not restricted to police violence.

This ignorance additionally contributes to stigma that forestalls folks with psychological well being situations from getting the remedy they want or accepting their analysis.

“Lots of people you realize in all probability have bipolar dysfunction and also you aren’t conscious of it,” Halsey identified in one other tweet.

“Taking this chance to make offensive remarks and [vilify] folks with psychological diseases is de facto not the best way to go … that is the precise triggering shit that causes folks to maintain quiet about it,” she wrote.

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