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Here's why it's not ok to fat-shame Kanye

Body image issues affect men too, y’know.

PHOTOS OF KANYE West emerged this weekend, looking happy and healthy a year on from his hospitalisation for stress and exhaustion.

There he is now, minding his own business.

Naturally, being in the public eye, as well as being married to one of the most famous women, means he’s constantly subjected to scrutiny.

This time, the commentary has turned to his weight.


This is is the first time Kanye has been spotted in public since hospitalisation in November of last year. In the weeks leading up to that, Kanye was engaging in some pretty bizarre behaviour.

He dyed his hair and publicly endorsed Trump.

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He later retracted his endorsement.

His friendship with Jay-Z seemingly fell apart, as he ranted on stage about his former BFF and his wife, Beyoncé.

On a stop on Saint Pablo tour, he seemingly referenced the fact that the pair had not seen each other in a long time.

“Bring the kids by the house like we brothers,” he said.

He also had to experience the terror of his wife being robbed and held at gunpoint.

It’s fairly safe to say that he’s had a lot on and it would be a fairly safe assumption to say his mental health has been tested.

Many people on Twitter are suggesting that the weight gain could be a side-effect of anti-depressants – though Kanye himself has not confirmed anything. (On his song ‘FML’, he does reference the use of Lexapro).

Ok, so say he’s not on anybody medication, and he’s simply just put on weight, for one reason or another. Surely it’s ok to rib on him then, right?

Here’s the thing – commenting on his weight gain isn’t about liking or not liking Kanye West.

Nobody has to like anyone, for that matter. But it can’t be one rule for him and one for another.

Earlier this year, Rihanna was showered with praise online for seemingly having gained weight.

While we’re doing a much better job at promoting body positivity among women, we’re lagging behind when it comes to supporting #TheLads.

Men suffer with body image issues too, and to automatically make a man’s weight gain the butt of a joke only looks to encourage the socially-constructed attitudes that associate the masculine gender role with being super buff and lean.

Realistically, nobody should have to be praised or chastised for gaining or losing weight – unless they want. It’s just something that happens to everyone.

But because of celebrity culture, it’s a talking point, no matter what. But we can combat that, by finding better things to talk about.

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