Days after rap star Kanye West compared his duties as a hip-hop star to law enforcement, an actual Ohio police chief has stepped forward to speak out with less than friendly words.
According to an open Facebook message from Chief David Oliver, Yeezy should give the military a shot.
“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,” Oliver wrote. “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.” (Brimfield Police Department’s Facebook)
Chief Oliver went on to call out Kanye and other entertainers’ high perceptions of themselves.
“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.” (Brimfield Police Department’s Facebook)
Last weekend, Ye argued the sacrifices he makes as a performer were comparable to an officer of the law.
“I’m putting my life at risk. I think when I’m on the ‘Can’t Tell Me Nothin” and ‘Coldest Winter’ moment, like, that mountain goes really, really high. And if I slipped and my leg happens and you never know. I think about my family. I’m like, ‘Wow.’ This is like being a police officer or at war or something. You’re literally going out to do your job every day and knowing that something could happen verbally from the press bashing you. Something could happen to you from people not liking you anymore because of your records and you could actually slip on that stage. It’s like we’re walking this tight rope and we’re fighting for creativity and fighting for ideas and fighting for thought. I’ll explain it to my daughter one day that me and her mother, we had to fight for this position that we’ll finally have.” (“Saturday Night Online)
Aside from Oliver, television personality Arsenio Hall went off on Ye for claiming he lost his late night talk show in the 1990’s.
“Like usual, Kanye’s premise confuses the facts so then therefore, everything else has to be thrown out,” Arsenio said during a press conference. “He’s a musician, I’m a comedian. We’re not doctors. Nobody works for John Hopkins, you know what I mean? We’re not educators and I think we take ourselves a little too seriously. But that’s something that’ll straigthen itself out with maturity because the bottom line is, ‘They gonna do me like,’ it’s like, yo, man. Stop making me like I’m Nat Turner or something. I know what you heard in the barbershop. I just left my show, the white man didn’t do nothing this time, bro. Let’s save that for when the white man do do something, you know? Don’t muddy the waters of racism with my bullsh*t because it was not racism. It was not plotted. I just left my show. … I don’t like to be put in those conversations because there’s no struggle here.” (Hip Hollywood)
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