A police chief in Ohio has written an open letter to Kanye West in response to the rapper's statement comparing the danger of his stage act to police officers' work. David Oliver from Brimfield Police Department took offense at West's statement in a sarcasm-laced Facebook post dated December 12.
In the letter, Chief Oliver said, "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."
Chief Oliver later suggested that West join the military and volunteer to be deployed in Afghanistan. "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," he added.
"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," he concluded. "Check yourself, before you wreck yourself... Chief Oliver."
Kim Kardashian's fiance previously said in an interview with Saturday Night Online that he risked his life with his stage performances. He explained, "I'm just giving of my body on the stage and putting my life at risk, literally. ... 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.' "