Kanye West appeared on the radio show Saturday Night Online this past weekend to discuss, among other things, why choosing to be an entertainer can be a hazardous career path. He cites his elaborate stage design for his Yeezus Tour as a direct example of how he puts himself in danger on a nightly basis. "I'm just giving of my body on the stage and putting my life at risk, literally," he said. "That mountain goes really, really high. And if I slipped … You never know. 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.’"
Those recent comments from West have come under fire by one David Oliver, a chief officer of the Brimfield Police Department in Ohio. Oliver has become somewhat of an Internet celebrity for his book No Mopes Allowed, a "'greatest hits' collection of Rants and Babbles," as well as his witty, informative posts on the department's Facebook. And now he's gone after Kanye. Earlier today, Oliver posted an open letter to the rapper about his comments on the radio show. "Since you are accustomed to danger, from your life as an international rapper, I am strongly encouraging you immediately abandon you[r] career as a super star and join the military." Oliver goes on to criticize Kanye for his "line of thinking" which he views to be disrespectful toward other servicemen across the country. "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."
You can read police chief David Oliver's full message below.
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.
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