Keeping up with Kanye


When two parents divorce, it often leads their child(ren) in a tough spot from a parenting standpoint. Does one parent dictate what’s best for their offspring? Or is that responsibility on both the parents?

This question is amongst many others that have been asked in light of Kanye West’s latest controversy.

This time around it’s between him and his plastic doll of an ex-wife, Kim Kardashian. 

The controversy started on 2/4/22 when Ye posted a screenshot to Instagram of his daughter, North West, on TikTok captioned “SINCE THIS IS MY FIRST DIVORCE I NEED TO KNOW WHAT I SHOULD DO ABOUT MY DAUGHTER BEING PUT ON TIKTOK AGAINST MY WILL ?”

This post was met with very mixed opinions from Instagram users in the comments section; some expressing support for Ye, others berating Ye for the post because of his marital status with Kim. 

This wasn’t the end of it though. Not long after, Kim gave a response on her Instagram story. The response contained two paragraphs, basically calling herself the main provider/caregiver for their children and that North has the right to be on TikTok as she uses it as a creative outlet. 

The response ends with her saying she wishes to handle matters in private.

Ye responded later that day with an Instagram post of a screenshot of Kim’s story, with a paragraph-long caption. It starts off with ““What do you mean by main provider ?” and goes on to talk about Kim not providing him with the address of their daughter Chicago’s (not the city) birthday party. 

The response ends with Ye talking about Kim accusing him of being on drugs at the party. 

Later that day, Ye went back to Instagram to post a screenshot of TikTok’s terms of service, specifically the section concerning user age policy. In short, if a TikTok user is under the age of 13, their account will be placed in a much more kid-friendly version of the app. 

North, being an 8 year old, should be on this version of the app, but the account’s age was obviously put to above 13 to have her on the “normal” version of TikTok. TikTok’s ToS outlines the punishment for underage users that aren’t on the kid-friendly version, which is account removal. 

Ye’s Instagram escapades continue on 2/5/22, with a Twitter screenshot of a baity TMZ article headline saying “Kanye West Shades Kim Kardashian Over North West on TikTok” being retweeted by an account called “Correcting Ye Headlines” saying “Corrected: Kanye West wants a say on how his children are raised.” 

The post’s caption was Ye saying “TMZ MY CHILDREN ARE NOT A GAME” and him demanding an apology from the baity tabloid journal.

Not very many influential figures were voicing their opinions on the whole situation, but conservative politician Candace Owens voiced her support for Ye on Twitter, which was the main part of Ye’s next Instagram post.

One of Owens’ tweets said “There is no 8 year old in the world that needs social media. Go Color.” This was a surprisingly good take from a politician that claimed white supremacy wasn’t an issue faced by Americans of color. 

In usual Ye fashion, he paused his series of controversy-related posts with something random: a screenshot of an Instagram comment section with all of the comments in Turkish captioned “WHY ALL MY FIRST 8 COMMENTS COME IN THIS LANGUAGE INSTAGRAM?”

The Ye Instagram saga continues afterwards, with a post of a screenshot from the trailer for his upcoming Netflix 3-parter documentary, Jeen-Yuhs, showing his mother saying “You need an angel to watch over you.”

The caption was him talking about wanting to bring his children to Chicago to watch their basketball team play, but his efforts were halted by Kim Kardashian. The caption ends with Ye saying “HOW IS THIS JOINT CUSTODY?”

Later, on 2/6/22, Ye posted a screenshot of a short iMessage conversation between him and one of Kim’s cousins. 

The conversation consists of the Kardashian cousin offering advice to Ye about parenting with intentions of keeping their children off the Internet, with Ye responding with “I don’t feel like talking about it anymore.” 

The cousin followed up with a text asking Ye if it was safe to buy Yeezy shoes (Ye’s clothing brand) off of StockX (a resale market platform). 

Ye’s final two posts in this series was one of him asking for Kim’s number, and the last was a screenshot of Larry Jackson (a record producer) messaging Ye Kim’s number.

As of 2/6/22, all of Ye’s Instagram posts since 2/1/22 have been deleted. 

In retrospect, Ye definitely was in the right, although he could have handled things so much better. 

There is no reason for an 8 year old to be on the normal version of TikTok, or even on social media in general. After all, he is one of the parents of the children and totally deserves a say in how they’re raised. He only wants the best for them, as any father should.

That’s all for this month’s edition of “Keeping Up With Kanye West,” see you all in the next episode: Kanye West versus Pete Davidson in space!