This week news broke of Kanye West's hospitalisation in the psychiatric ward at UCLA, for "stress and exhaustion." This came after a week of outbursts and erratic behaviour on stage, along with the cancellation of his tour. If you follow his song lyrics, they have included stories on bipolar and mental health issues. To attribute these lyrics to his real life can make sense, but it's also speculative.
You can speculate about many things concerning the hip-hop artist. Is this an insurance scam to get out of a tour without the financial obligations? Is this a publicity stunt? Is this even worth speculating about? No. Because this is not really about Kanye West.
Here we are, deep into the month of November, almost better known as Movember now - "a month committed to changing the face of men's health" - and littered through my social media feeds, I see posts from the men and women who are supporting this important month. I also see posts from these same men and women littering all over their advocacy by making fun of Kanye's situation:
"I'm too tired to tour. Boo hoo." "Kanye West 'hospitalised in Los Angeles'. Our thoughts and prayers go out at this difficult time to the hospital staff." "Lets see what's new in the world: Kanye is still crazy, Trump is still a pig."
Calling yourself a mental health advocate and mocking Kanye West is like calling yourself a vegetarian and eating meat.
Look, I'm the last person to stand up for Kanye. But this isn't about standing up for Kanye. This is about taking a stand for the roughly half a billion people in this world suffering from some kind of mental illness ... and the billions of people it affects both directly and indirectly. If you're keeping track - that's pretty much ALL THE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.
And that includes you too.
If you're tearing down Kanye, you're tearing down your friend, your neighbour, your family member ... Because, inevitably, more than one person whom you care about deals with mental health issues. And to be clear, the same way EVERYONE has physical health, EVERYONE has mental health. And the same way everyone needs to care for their physical health, everyone needs to care for their mental health.
So please, mind your own fitness.
At a time when so many people question the values of a world where "someone like Donald Trump" can be president, we also tend to overlook our own values when we try to deflate anyone else's value.
You don't have to stand up for Kanye. But stand up for something, instead of knocking things down.
Maybe you won't get as many likes on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter, but at least you won't be spreading hate.