Police Officer Tells Kanye West To Check Himself In Open Letter

This past weekend, Kanye West was the star guest for the radio show Saturday Night Online. There he discussed many topics among them was how dangerous it is at times to be an entertainer. He brings up Yeezus stage design as an example. “I think about when I’m on the ‘Cant Tell Me Nothing,’ ‘Coldest Winter’ moment,” says Kanye. “That mountain goes really really high. And if I slip…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.’ You’re literally going out to do your job everyday knowing that something can happen to you.”

Well Yeezy’s comments didn’t sit well with David Oliver, chief officer of the Brimfield Police Department in Ohio. Chief Oliver posted an open letter on the Brimfield Police Department Facebook page to the Mr. West about his comments on the radio show focusing on Kanye’s comparison of an entertainer’s danger to “military or a police officer’s service.” Read the full letter 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.

[via Facebook and Saturday Night Online]

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  • icon Kain

    Where ever this Cop is from must have a low crime rate. Your job is to protect and serve. No one cares about your opinion on ye. Do your job. Kanye doing his he’s entertaining. As a officer of the (F’ed up law) You should have some crime somewhere to fight or something.

    • Fuck you icon Kain

      Are you fucking stupid? Police officers aren’t on-duty 24/7. They have personal lives and are allowed to speak their minds as much as you are unfortunately allowed to speak yours. Low or high crime rate does not matter… they have shifts no matter what so every police officer can go home to their family and friends just like anyone else..

    • Zach Siska

      off yourself asap

  • Joe

    I’m a huge Kanye West fan and all but this police officer is right. Kudos to him for simply writing a letter and offering Ye his thoughts on what I consider myself such silly comments.

    • JayVayBay

      The fact that this was an open letter just shows all the cop wanted was fame. And to make Kanye look like a dumbass.

  • mistah dubs

    that was fantastic putting this dude in check bam kanye fucking lost his damn mind

    • Peter

      says “mistah dubs” uhhhhh

  • Illiam Elton

    I made this music in IRAQ http://soundcloud.com/william-felton/sets/a-piece-of-me/ i just tried to make REAL HIP HOP

  • Celest Nimmons

    That was a great interview

  • O-Yeezy

    Ye got straight up iced out… buy a fucking cop. OUCH—> DISS SHOTS!!!

  • Dean

    Man you have got to give it up to Oliver!!

    I mean fuck tha police! but….. Fucking kick the shit outta Kanye!!

    Well done Chief Oliver!! You are right people like Kanye make me sick!
    So up there own arses they can’t even see shit no more!

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  • LuiKang

    even tho he spoke the truth in this open letter, there was no need for it… it felt like he kinda wanted some 5 mins of fame to call out Kanye West…

    • anon

      Well someone needed to do it to defend the thousands of police officers and military that literally sacrifice their safety and lives so we can live ours.

      • Peter

        It was a small statement…..they dont need defending…there was no need to even respond….sounds like the officer showed a little ignorance of his own, what does that solve?

    • Zach Siska

      somebody should.

    • Audra Hammer Ross

      Is there a “need for” what Kanye does? He’s out for his fame too. I feel the officer was just giving Kanye back a little. Kanye had his 5 min of feeling like a police officer, now the police officer had his 5 mins of Kanye fame. Fair is fair.

  • Alex

    ummm why does anyone care what some pig thinks?

    • Fuck you Alex

      Because this ‘Pig’ is one of thousands that defend you from getting shot by any number of people on a daily basis.

    • Balco

      Why the fuck does anyone care what some kilt wearing narcissist thinks. Kanye is without a question the most delusional person on the planet. I have no doubt that he actually thinks he is as important as military members. I would give anything for him to have his jaw wired shut again.

  • Mr.Newton

    The police officer took that very small statement out of context and to me just sounds like a very bitter and ignorant man himself, yeah Kanye is in no way shape or form putting his life in a situation as dangerous as police officers or women and men of the armed forces, but music is powerful, and changes lives, so for a police officer to talk down on somebody who clearly has a work ethic that got him to where he is, is not right. Just because he does not see it as a value, does not mean others do not as well. So before calling out one mans flaws, i believe this officer should do a littler self reflection. Maybe he just wanted to be as ignorant or “unknowledgeable” as Ye too….idk.

    • Adam

      You didn’t actually read his letter did you? He never once argued against his work as an entertainer, in fact he actaully realized how important it was just from a socio-economic standard. He was just getting on Kanye for saying it. And out of context? It was completely in context, it was a stupid statement that the guy called him out for it. There’s literally no way for it to be taken out of context since that was both the beginning and the end of Kanye’s train of thought on the matter. It sounds to me like you’re the ignorant and unknowledgeable one here. This is a prime example of why you should read before typing people.

  • TheNoitaerc

    I am just going to go and say something here…a good few of you are saying that there was no need for it and that it was just an attempt at fame…but let me ask you, where has ignoring things like this gotten us? Is it not because of our ignorance that Kanye and other entertainers consider themselves to be far above people, far above the law that we are all supposed to follow? Because isn’t it always the famous that get off of charges that would normally land someone in jail for years, yet they get off with a simple warning and a fine? I think the officer here is right, and if we don’t start noticing things like this then sooner or later they are going to be comparing themselves to a God and acting like they are one.

  • right

    i don’t care if kanye says something big or small, he’s a fucking douche bag and should be slapped in the face for every idiotic, ignorant, stupid thing he says. Yes, I do hate him that much. He is ego needs to be deflated and burned. He is a horrible, ugly, selfish prick. I can’t stand him, and I couldn’t even listen to more than a minute of him speaking.

  • nigella125

    Kanye West is an untalented idiot, is anyone really surprised by this, seriously?