Washington University Professor Uses Kanye West In Case Study For Mental Illness


Back in January, Washington University in Saint Louis introduced a class for students centered around the politics of Kanye West. For his final lecture of the spring semester, Dr. Jeffrey McCune will use Kanye West in a case study for mental illness. McCune addresses the thought that Kanye is both a “genius” as well as “crazy” at the same time—according to society.

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The Name One Genius That Ain’t Crazy: Kanye West and the Politics of Self-Diagnosis lecture delves into how Kanye wears the “crazy” label, because he acts outside the box that society attempts to keep him in. Professor McCune details how race can amplify being labeled “crazy.”

“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 said.

“I want to give people permission to be enraged. Give people permission to be upset, to be angry, to be frustrated. 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,” Dr. McCune told Hypebeast.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.”

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The lecture will be free and open to the public on April 12 at 6 p.m. at Washington University.