BRIMFIELD, Ohio - Brimfield's police chief, famous for his funny rants on the department's Facebook page, had a few words for rapper and producer Kanye West Thursday: "Check yourself, before you wreck yourself."
Chief David Oliver had taken issue with West's assertion that he puts his life on the line in his job - just like a police officer - on Saturday Night Online, an iHeart Radio show.
"I'm putting my life at risk...This is like being a police officer or something," he said.
Although Oliver knows how dangerous police work is, he told NewsChannel5 he's even more offended that West compared his work to that of the military.
"I just don't think any entertainer can compare what they do to ducking bullets for a living," he said.
Oliver is a long time supporter of members of the military. In September, he invited thousands of veterans to Brimfield to march in the annual Brimfest Parade.
He's concerned about the example that West is setting for young people.
"The example is not to say 'yes, I'm a multi-million dollar entertainer and my job is just as dangerous as the corporal who's in the foxhole right now ducking Taliban fire."
Oliver responded to West with a long rant, seen here in part, that went viral within three hours:
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.
Read the rest of Oliver's post here, and check out West's interview in the video below or at 5.wews.com/rHHgR from a mobile device.