An Ohio police chief published a scathing open letter to Kanye West on Facebook Thursday, telling the famous rapper to “check yourself, before you wreck yourself.”
The comments from Brimfield police chief David Oliver came just days after West compared the danger involved in his line of work to the danger police officers and military personnel face.
“I think about my family and I’m like, wow, this is like being a police officer or something, or like war or something,” West recently said in a radio interview. “You’re literally going out to do your job every day, knowing that something could happen to you.”
Oliver, who sarcastically said he was “honored to be writing such an important star,” penned a brutal letter to the rapper.
“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,” started off saying. “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,” Oliver continued. “You sir, are as misguided as they come.”
[sharequote align=”center”]”You sir, are as misguided as they come.”[/sharequote]
“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,” he added. “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.”
The small town police chief concluded his letter calling West’s line of thinking a “part of the problem in the world today.”
“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,” Oliver wrote.
Follow Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) on Twitter