Kanye West Thinks 'People Are Committing Suicide' Because of Social Media-Related Pressure

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Kanye West attends the Ralph Lauren 50th Anniversary Event held at Bethesda Terrace in Central Park during New York Fashion Week on Sept. 7, 2018 in New York City. 

Kanye West believes some social media users are being driven to suicide over lack of engagement from their followers.

"There are people who are committing suicide due to not getting enough likes," Ye tweeted Saturday (Sept. 22). "Seeking validation in the simulation."

Ye's tweet links to a recently published New York Magazine article -- titled "Kanye West Is Finally Right About Something: Twitter Should Lose Its Metrics" -- that cites comments he made suggesting that social media platforms should shut off comments, likes, retweets, favorites on posted content.

"We should be able to participate in social media without having to show how many followers or likes we have," West tweeted Sept. 20. "Just like how we can turn off the comments we should be able to turn off the display of followers. This has an intense negative impact on our self worth."

The rapper and fashion designer also likened the amount of likes someone has on social media to "how much money you have in the bank" or "having to write the size of you d--k on your t shirt."

Later in the day, he posted artwork of what appears to be heart surgery featuring "like" imagery and the caption "a lot of human beings think this is what love means."

Earlier this week, Kanye also posted cryptic social media messages about possible new music. On Monday the rapper revealed that "Yhandi" will be the musical guest on the Sept. 29 episode of Saturday Night Live. A second photo showed a CD strikingly similar to the Yeezus album cover, sparking theories that the second installment of the album is on its way.

Adding fuel to the flame, "Yhandi" seems to be a play on Ghandi, just like Yeezus was a play on Jesus.


a lot of human beings think this is what love means

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