Video of artist Kanye West’s Oval Office meeting with President Donald Trump began to make the rounds on social media and on cable news programs Thursday afternoon. While many found the footage entertaining, not everyone is laughing.
CNN host, conservative political commentator and writer S.E. Cupp is one of those people.
While she agreed that some of the statements made by West were funny, she raised questions about mental illness and exploitation. In a discussion with fellow CNN personnel, Cupp stated:
“All jokes aside, I thought that was really… sad. I think you had there a man who’s clearly not okay, and a President who’s willing to exploit that.”
“And worse, to exploit that under the auspices of race relations and Black communities, joblessness, mental health…all the things that ended up in this bucket of issues that were sort of addressed in this free for all. I don’t know that any of them were very well served by this circus.”
Watch her remarks here.
Sad. @SECupp said it best about the Kanye-Trump meeting: “That was really sad. I think you had there a man who’s clearly not okay, and a president who’s willing to who’s willing to exploit that.” pic.twitter.com/JuadQFMxkH
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 11, 2018
Cupp is not alone in her criticisms or concerns.
Take your medication Kayne West. Your speech is very rapid, your ramblings are incoherent, your profanity is unnecessary and shows poor judgement. @KimKardashian Mental Illness is hereditary, watch your children. #Bipolar #Manic #MentalHealthAwareness
— Buttercup (@TinyButtercup27) October 11, 2018
If Kanye West is having a manic episode in the Oval Office, it’s not appropriate to make fun of him and the language he is using. Mental health is not a joke and we should have compassion for any human being who is in trouble—no matter his or her politics.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) October 11, 2018
Kanye West said Trump made him feel like Superman. no Kanye, that’s your bipolar disorder. “Bipolar disorder is an affective disorder, or mood disorder, defined by manic or hypomanic episodes (changes from one’s normal mood accompanied by high energy states)” –WebMD.com
— melinda hill (@melindahill) October 11, 2018
I wish Kanye west wouldn’t encourage bipolar disorder unmedicated as normal. Do you all know what if feels like not to enjoy a mood? Am I really happy or manic? Scared to be sad because you might kill yourself? No? It SUCKS #mentalhealth #bipolar
— Kelsey (@drunken_dayze) October 7, 2018
Kanye West is unmedicated and visibly manic. It’s really inappropriate to and irresponsible to be giving him this platform at this time. He is mentally unwell.
— Erin (@erinkatherine13) October 11, 2018
I am someone who has been very open about being bipolar, and I recognize it in other people. The rant that Kanye West made in the Oval Office was clearly manic. He really needs to be on his meds.
— Kevin Salisbury (@kevinknight66) October 11, 2018
What I saw was a sad mess – it was like Mental Illness Awareness Week and Infrastructure Week had a baby.
— Clayton B. Shaw 🌊🏳️🌈 (@clayton_b_shaw) October 11, 2018
Although not everyone cut West any slack when they acknowledged he might be having a manic episode.