“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star catches heat after comparing changing hair color to mental illness
Kylie Jenner might want to think before she tweets next time. At least when it comes to making frivolous references to mental illness.
The 16-year-old “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star has come under fire after tweeting Wednesday that she's “bipolar,” in reference to a change in her hair color.
“I miss my black hair I'm so bipolar :(” Jenner tweeted along with a photo of her newly dark tresses.
The comment didn't sit well with a number of Twitter users.
“Kylie Jenner just tweeted ‘I miss my black hair I'm so Bipolar,” one tweeter complained. “No, you're not ‘so Bipolar,’ you're indecisive … and a moron.”
“@KylieJenner that was 100% the dumbest and most ignorant use of the word bipolar,” another fumed.
“kylie jenner with her “i'm bipolar” makes me sick,” another member of the Twitter community hissed.
Jenner has not yet responded to the backlash on her Twitter account and has not removed the tweet.
A spokesman for the National Alliance of Mental Illness called Jenner's tweet “inappropriate” and “insensitive,” but added that there might be a teachable moment to be salvaged from the flap.
“She’s 16. It’s an inappropriate, insensitive expression, but it reflects the need for greater education and understanding about mental illness among all teens. Particularly because most mental illness emerges by age 14,” NAMI spokesman Bob Carolla told TheWrap.
Suggesting that Jenner could learn from the organization's Bipolar Disorder Fact Sheet, Carolla further said that Jenner could help to inform others about the condition.
“When a celebrity unintentionally sticks a foot in their mouth or offends someone, it’s best to apologize and then show sincerity by trying to make amends,” Carolla told TheWrap. “She could make a contribution by learning from the criticism and devoting some effort now to help educate peers. But she has to educate herself first.”