A few days ago, Kanye West told a radio host that “I’m just giving of my body on the stage and putting my life at risk…I think about my family and I’m like, wow, this is like being a police officer or something, in war or something.” Or something.
This didn’t sit well with Brimfield, Ohio, police chief David Oliver, who wrote an open letter to the rapper on Facebook. Among other choice excerpts, Oliver said, “You sir, are as misguided as they come.”
Dear Kanye West,
I am honored to be writing such an important star. I am a mere Internet sensation. I’m not sure I am worthy to address you, although the Huffington Post did say I was “Humorous and Insanely Popular.” I don’t pay much attention to those things. Anyway, please excuse my interference in your life for a quick second.
I read your interview and also watched it on video. You said: “I’m just giving of my body on the stage and putting my life at risk, literally…and I think about it. I think about my family and I’m like, wow, this is like being a police officer or something, in war or something.”
I want to thank you for putting your life on the line for all of us every day. I know that being a rapper is tough work. I have tried to rap, and it is very difficult to keep up with the pulse of the rhyme flow…although when Ice Ice Baby comes on the radio, I can usually keep up with ol’ Vanilla. Anywho, your job is just some very dangerous work. Most people don’t consider… if you rap really fast, without a chance to inhale, you could pass out and hit your head.
That last paragraph was covered in sarcasm. I’m letting you know, just so you do not think I agree with your very ignorant assessment of your career (or any other performer)as it relates to a person in the military or a police officer’s service. You sir, are as misguided as they come. I do have a suggestion for you. Since you are accustomed to danger, from your life as an international rapper, I am strongly encouraging you immediately abandon you career as a super star and join the military. After joining, I would like you to volunteer to be deployed in Afghanistan or one of the numerous other forward locations where our men an women are currently serving. When the Taliban starts shooting at you, perhaps you could stand up and let the words flow. It could be something like “I’m Kanye West, wearing a flak vest.” I’m sure they would just drop weapons and surrender. You could quite possibly end all wars, just from the enemy being star-struck.
Your line of thinking is part of the problem in the world today….which include entertainers thinking they are something more than just entertainers. I know it is supply and demand and the demand for your services is high. I get economics. What I do not get is you EVER comparing what you do for a living to our heroic military members, who are always in harm’s way… and my brother and sister police officers who have to go to work carrying weapons and wearing a bullet-proof vest to protect themselves.
Check yourself, before you wreck yourself…Chief Oliver. (Via)
“Your line of thinking is part of the problem in the world today.”
The world be an AMAZING place if celebrities and especially athletes comparing themselves to soldiers and cops was one of our biggest problems. But it’s not even in the top-300; syrup always finding a way to leak out of the bottle and ruin the cupboard is a more pressing issue.
Kanye West is full of sh*t — we’ve known this since he compared himself to Jesus. No one took his comments seriously, and they should be dismissed by everyone, except Mark Wahlberg. Though I do like the chief’s suggestion to send him to Afghanistan. The bad guys could capture him, and Yeezus would eventually wear them down with his outbursts, to the point where the Taliban begs to trade him back to us. The deal: we get Kanye, they get Kanye away, and the world unites under a shared goal of shutting Kanye the f*ck up.
Kanye West is the key to peace. He’s more important than ALL the soldiers.
(Via Facebook, via Getty Image)