Mental Illness: College Professor To Use Kanye West As Case Study
Dr. Jeffrey McCune, a college professor at St. Louis’s Washington
University, will be using Kanye West’s very public breakdowns as a case
study for mental illness.
Diagnosis will be McCune’s third and final lecture on Yeezy, and will
reportedly be about how he’s simultaneously both a “genius” and “crazy.”
According to Hypebeast, McCune will argue that we label Kanye as crazy because he acts outside the box we try to keep him in.
“[U]ltimately 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,” the prof said.
Furthermore, he says he plans to argue how race intensifies the label
“crazy” as a mental illness versus the usage of “crazy” to refer to a
type of innovator.
McCune explained his overall goal: “I want to give people permission to
be enraged. Give people permission to be upset, to be angry, to be
frustrated,” he said.
“Give people permission to have moments where they break. Give people
permission to have moments where they experience depression. I want to
give them permission to have those moments without being characterized
as being some type of deviant figure in the community. I don’t want to
take away that experience and call it crazy. It’s reasonable. And it
must be addressed with love, compassion, care, generosity.”
If you’re in the St. Louis area, and care at all, the lecture will be
both free and open to the public. You can catch it today, April 12, at 6