Kanye West has built a career around controversial statements from his famous quip, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” to his recent Yeezus lyrics about God, “He’s the most high, but I’m a close high.”

The new father’s latest bout with verbal diarrhea comes by way of lyrics on his track “On Sight” from his new album, “Yeezus.” He raps: “A monster about to come alive again / Soon as I pull up and park the Benz / We get this b**ch shaking like Parkinson’s.”

The analogy has members of the American Parkinson Disease Association up-in-arms. “We find these lyrics distasteful and the product of obvious ignorance, ” APDA VP Kathryn Whitford said in a statement. Critics believe the lyrics make light of one of the debilitating offshoots of the neurodegenerative disease, which Muhammad Ali, one of Kanye West’s idols, suffers from.

Kanye West or his label has yet to respond.

Do you think his Parkinson’s disease reference is offensive?


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  • Amber R.

    How about a little outrage at the extreme mysogyny and sexism?

  • Echi

    So, they have no comments on the word “b*tch?” Of what of all the other distasteful things Kanye has said since his rappin debut?

  • Mademoiselle

    I see these “why is it a problem now” comments so much (not specifically from you) that I have to say this: It’s not about just now having a problem. Many marginalized groups have gone decades/centuries without having a voice or the appropriate channel to speak up against being attacked, and are just now finding their platforms. That doesn’t mean they’ve accepted the state of affairs up until now. It means they can finally be heard, which is important and deserves to be acknowledged. Otherwise, we’d be telling people that they only have a limited window to stand up for themselves, and if they don’t do so by a particular deadline, they leave themselves open to being mistreated indefinitely.

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