Kanye West recently told a crowd that performing his shows is as harrowing as the life-threatening danger faced by cops and soldiers — and not surprisingly many actual cops and soldiers took great offense. Now one is speaking out in a very public way.
Police Chief David Oliver of Brimfield, Ohio, wrote an open letter to the hip-hop star on Facebook that quickly went viral, and it is dripping with sarcasm and venom.
"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," Oliver wrote.
"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 to immediately abandon you [sic] career as a superstar 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 [sic] 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," Oliver ranted. "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," Oliver warned.
West shockingly has not yet responded.
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