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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  • Mademoiselle

    The solution is to start putting labels on CDs that saying “Warning: Contains politically incorrect and culturally insensitive lyrics”. Or maybe do it like TV ratings: “MG for mature gender insensitive lyrics, MR for mature racially insensitive lyrics, etc.” Then we can cut down the number of fake apologies we have to read about each week.

  • Tonton Michel

    There just using Kanye to bring attention to themselves. No offense here.

  • DEE

    eminem pretty much said the same thing in his cold wind blows song and I’m pretty sure he used parkinson’s as a joke in another song of his. Actually if I really think about it I could probably name a few other rappers who referenced the disease in the same way.

    But I’m not going to because they were all really bad lines just like this one.

  • chanela17

    ummmm… rappers have been comparing things to being mentally retarded and other medical conditions FOREVER. why is this just now a problem?

  • Miakoda

    I am just at a point where I am getting tired of people being outraged at everything. Any and everything makes the news nowadays.

  • 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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