Ohio Cop Tells Kanye to ‘Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself’

After rapper compared himself to a police officer or soldier

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Rapper Kanye West recently likened his career to that of a police or a soldier at war: “I’m just giving up my body on the stage and putting my life at risk, literally.”

Well, a local Ohio police chief begs to differ. In an open letter on the Brimfield Police Department’s Facebook page Thursday, David Oliver said that West’s “line of thinking is part of the problem in the world today…which include entertainers thinking they are something more than just entertainers.” The local chief is known for attention-grabbing posts on the department’s Facebook page, but he sarcastically writes that he isn’t sure that he’s worthy of addressing the star.

“I want to thank you for putting your life on the line for all of us every day,” wrote Oliver, 45. “ 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.”

He dared West to join the military and experience what soldiers experience on a daily basis. “When the Taliban starts shooting at you, perhaps you could stand up and let the words flow,” Oliver writes. “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 closed: “Check yourself, before you wreck yourself.”

Read the full Facebook post here.

14 comments
malcolmmagruder
malcolmmagruder

I'm going to say this one time, for the people who already posted their negative comments and opinions and to the ones that are going to post negative comments and opinions in the future" before you do, understand what is going on before you comment on someone's statement because what you say can effect someone's career,I don't know why but celebrity's are judged different than average people for some reason. Kanye as we all hear has a big mouth, but does he really? I'm not god so that's not for me to judge. But for him accomplishing what he has in his career as a rapper,producer, Anchipranoaj and someone who can change life situations through music and so much more is very impressive. Alot comes with that, First of all the people, all nationality's put him where he is today. selling his records, they where purchased by the people, winning grammy awards, he was voted by the people, We put him in the positions he's in, but for him, he's looking at what he accomplished. so he has a big ego. That's alright to have. that's like Larry bird, Jordan or Mayweather, they all have bragging rights because of what they accomplished. So for him to compare his life to a police or whatever, his life is on the line everyday. He had life threats,enemies from all angles that he can't see and don't know about. They could be in the crowed while popirotzzi are takeing photos, he could be robbed, plus he's married to kim. He has alot on his plate, but to compare that to a cop was not a bad idea. It was just how he feel about his life. oliver" i felt, and this is my opinion, I felt jellousy,invy and hate because it was blown out of purportion, but oliver called him ignorant and as f#cked up as they come. Who are they oliver? That's disrespecting a man right there. He didn't get on the internet and wrote a disrespectful paragraph about or towards oliver did he? no, So why do it to him? Because that's what oliver chose to do. People if you feel like Kanye has a problem then pray for him, don't crittersize him.Then oliver said he would like to see Kanye getting shot at and if he rap is it going to stop the shooting. I would like to see oliver getting shot at" i bet you he would wish he was a rapper instead of tying to save the planet. That's Jesus job. God sent him here to do that. Oliver should've chose another hobby, being a bully doesn't always pay. So oliver..check yourself before you get yourself wrecked!!  

JenniferKatona
JenniferKatona

The cop's claims are as ridiculous as the African's. Law enforcement and military service aren't even Top 10 Most Dangerous occupations. In fact, both are quite far down the list. Farmers and truck drivers, among others, are more likely to fall victim to job-related injuries and death than cops are soldiers are. But let's not let anything like the truth get in the way of cop/military worship.

PeterDormaar1
PeterDormaar1

I think that entertainers like Kanye and Bieber are imbeciles, but  the complaint that "entertainers forget that they are just entertainers" is incorrect. I feel it's good that entertainers like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin existed and had societal messages in their songs, and united the populace against things like the Vietnam war. also, I disagree with Neil Young's condemnation of the Oilsands, but I think that him spreading the message about pressing issues is a duty of entertainers like musicians  and actors, as they have the power to change paradigms through what they do.


JimJohnson2
JimJohnson2

they should send this idiot to Iraq for a year and see what putting your life on the line every day really means. he is insulting the brave men and women that gave their lives for the freedom this punk enjoys in this country.

JimboJonesIV
JimboJonesIV

I think a big part of the problem is the huge disconnect between popularity and actual talent in the modern industrial/entertainment complex. Today's technology makes it all too easy to make a mountain out of a molehill.

tbone88
tbone88

is the officer technically correct? Absolutely. But, its not the officers job to preach and tell people how the world works either, and frankly, its unprofessional.  

HeatherBaker
HeatherBaker

Why do celebrities today think it's their job to make huge idiots of themselves in public?

Openminded1
Openminded1

Kanye the big mouth ego maniac , forever putting his foot in  his mouth. 

MichaelGolde
MichaelGolde

@JenniferKatona The police chief's letter was directed to Kanye West and West's comparison of his profession as a rapper/entertainer to that of one in law enforcement or military service. It was not intended to be a dissertation on the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. Moreover, one's life is constantly being placed at risk as a beat cop and in a military theater. Ever hear of PTSD? That, of course, only comes into play if one survives a violent attack in the exercise of his or her police/military job responsibilities. Aside from deaths, there are countless cases of amputees, head trauma, paralysis, etc. Question: Do injuries short of death qualify to make a profession dangerous in your parallel universe?


So instead of changing the topic to one that was never implicated in the chief's letter, maybe you can use your pea brain to understand why the chief was goring the ox (i.e., Kayne West) for making an incredibly arrogant, narcissistic and stupid comment.


Are you still with me or are you going back to your "Angry Person's Guide to Life" book to craft another moronic comment.



MelissaMolfetas
MelissaMolfetas

@JenniferKatona- First, "The African's" - REALLY? Thank you for the blatant racism & ignorance on a Time board. 

Second, A life of truck driving or farming for a profit is not public service. Police and service members (and firefighters and EMTs, etc.) voluntarily put themselves in harm's way for the specific purpose of keeping the public safe. It is not worship, it is simply the recognition that some people make a lot of sacrifices so the rest of us can sit on our asses and shop online (or watch tv or post on stupid websites). The same cannot be said about a driver or a farmer.


Openminded1
Openminded1

@JenniferKatona Hey Jen you married to a truck driver or are you a farmer? Dummy a truck driver most dangerious thing is their driving, the cause a lot of deaths. Farmers if they get hurt its most likely do to being stupid. on less of course their in a hot pursuit of one of their farm animals. The most dangerous job moron is Coal miner.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@tbone88 Bs I am a retired cop, it is not unprofessional, because it had nothing to do with that officers dept and he has a right to opinion. Unless it relates to his dept and on going case