Kanye West Criticized For Parkinson's Disease Punchline

posted Wednesday June 19 ,2013 at 08:15AM CDT | 59 comments

Kanye West Criticized For Parkinson's Disease Punchline

Kanye West has been criticized by the American Parkinson Disease Association for a line in "On Sight" off of his latest album, "Yeezus."

The American Parkinson Disease Association is criticizing Kanye West for a punchline used in "On Sight," a cut off of his latest offering, Yeezus

Kathryn Whitford, Vice President of APDA, explained this criticism to TMZ

"We find these lyrics distasteful and the product of obvious ignorance," Whitford shared. 

APDA is the largest organization in the nation that is dedicated to the Parkinson's cause. APDA has worked for more than 50 years to advance research towards finding a cure. 

Kanye West has yet to make a statement regarding the matter. 

The line that APDA has found offensive can be found on "On Sight," where Kanye rhymes that he will "get this bitch shaking like Parkinson's." 

Several rappers have used Parkinson's disease in their rhymes. Chance the Rapper's "Family" features a line that says, "buzzing like the game Operation with Parkinson's." Tyler, the Creator has used it on Earl Sweatshirt's "Couch" ("Got you niggas shakin' like it's Parkinson's from the clitoris of Kelly Clarkson's dick") and his own "Tron Cat" (Starve her 'til I carve her then I shove her in the Rover, where I cut her like a barber with a Parkinson's disorder"). Snoop Lion used it on "Eyez Closed," which featured Kanye ("My bitch bad and my diamonds still sparklin', got the competition shaking like Parkinson's") and Eminem used it on "Won't Back Down" ("Girl shake that ass like a donkey with Parkinson's, make like Michael J. Fox is in your drawers playing with an Etch-a-Sketch"). 

This is also not the first time Kanye West has been criticized by a charity group. PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, criticized West for his clothing. When West later rhymed on "Theraflu" about telling PETA that his "mink is draggin' on the floor," PETA's senior vice president Dan Mathews responded. "What’s draggin’ on the floor is Kanye’s reputation as a man with no empathy for animals or human beings," Mathews said then. "He’s a great musician but doesn’t seem to have the fashion sense to design anything more than caveman costumes."

RELATED: PETA Lambasts Kanye West Over "Theraflu," Calls Him "A Caveman"

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  • Michael J. Fox
    It's ok Kanye. Make fun of me all you want, but for the record I'm worth more than you and Kim combined.
  • Anonymous
    No ones cares. Redman made a similar line about cerebral palsy over 2 decades ago!
  • J dirty
    Kanye west is terrible...Fuck all of you for supporting this fucking loser
  • Anonymous
    tell em it was Rymefest
  • Anonymous
    these people keep falling for his tricks, he's a great illusionist
  • Anonymous
    kanye west jaw was shaking like Parkinson's...attacking the camera man cause u bumped your head.... this dude was looking like a retarded gorilla... and that couch of a wife finally had her a love seat
    • Raise
      Do you know what Parkinsons feels like,dont speak like that esse for some of us with disease find such lyrics offensive.Rappers should work on encouraging people instead of talking about things that bring other people down.
  • Fish
    WC made two references to Parkinson's disease on his 'Guilty By Affiliation' album a few years ago and no one said a word. Hip hop is starting to become majorly censored and its pissin me the fuck off. If you dont like the lyrics, then fuck off and listen to Miley Cyrus or Taylor Swift. NO CENSORSHIP IN HIP HOP EVER!!
  • Anonymous
    This bitch late af...kanye didn't even go into it as much as those other dudes.
    • COKE
  • Robert A. Shillings
    my roomate's sister-in-law makes $82 hourly on the internet. She has been fired for 8 months but last month her pay check was $12042 just working on the internet for a few hours. Here's the site to read more... Can99.com
    • -
      your roomate's sister sat on the internet for 146 hours.. awful
  • Anonymous
    So some APDA worker copped the album and thought they had an exclusive to jump up the corporate ladder I see. Quietly they're thanking him, he's a household name that can garner them some attention for their cause.
  • Anonymous
    waaaaaaaaaaah!! fuck man... keep crying APDA, protest all you want, he isn't saying shit or putting anyone down. have family members with Parkinson's and this means nothing. Everybody is so sensitive and needs everything to be so politically correct these days. get over it!!
    • thank you
      thank you
  • COCA
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  • Anonymous
    every rapper got a parkinson line here and there.
    • Anonymous
      Ja Rule doesn't.
  • dentaldamboy
    get the new kanye, it is hot. YMCMB cant f*ck with Kanye and jigga
  • foreal
    do people with Parkinson's not shake? it is a punch line that is true. I guess American Parkinson Disease Association bought his album this morning and blasted it in their offices. people need to lighten up. americans are so sensitive
    • Violator
      Exactly, these people probably don't even usually listen to Kanye's music now they up in arms about a line there? Just tryna get free publicity at Kanye's expense
  • DrebinSlevin
    Michael J. Fox HAS Parkinson's disease and has made fun of it. This charity group is just looking for attention. I've been hearing rappers use the Parkinson's punchline for almost all my damn life.
  • Anonymous
    good reporting on this shit. it is ridiculous
  • imho
    this shit gettin out of hard..soon your not gonna be able to rap about anything without a fuckin rally at your house. mfs get to sensitive now adays
    • Already
      Welcome to the Article 19. As Ice-T stated in 89: Freedom Of Speech... Just Watch What You Say!
  • Anonymous
    jeez these people keep falling for his illusions, Kanye's the best magician in pop culture
  • Psssh
    Really?! HAHAHAHAHAHA. Up next, Rap Music gets a call from the Poetry Association for using rhymes in their work. Look elsewhere if you seek political correctness is a SONG.
  • Anonymous
    I bet Ye shaking in his boots lol get it
  • ETK
    omg shut the fuck up! The Ross situation I could understand but this is gettin out of hand. Rappers in hip-hop can't say shit anymore without some butthurt organization raising an issue. this is hip-hop bitch, either get with the program or gtfo.
    • Anonymous
      like, i know right??? OMG!!! faggot.
  • Jada too
    Member that jadakiss line from that funk flex freestyle with the LOX 'Jada come thru controllin the porsche, haters shakin like Ali holdin da torch'
    • Anonymous
      that was hot line by Kiss
    • Anonymous
      With lines like that no wonder this nigga's never blown up properly.
  • Anonymous
    Yeezus has got to be thee worst album of all time. dude trying so hard to sound different from everyone else but he just epically fails
  • dentaldamboy
    Yeezus was wack anyway. Ain't selling in stores and has little money to promote it because Kardashian has most of his shit.
  • jus10
    wow. that was the one good line on the whole album.
  • Anonymous
    So many sensitive bitches.. I hope he doesn't apologize.
  • bb
    no one cares it just because he's a big star, it's a punchline no harm no foul concentrate on bigger issues in this world
  • tommy
    this has got be a fuckin job, fukin senstive as fuck
  • t
    I remember fabulous saying something about his benz shaking like parkinsons in a really old freestyle and no one cared, rap is about saying what you want period even if its wack
  • Youngsity.com
    Rappers can't just have fun with wordplay anymore, freedom of speech is taking a backseat to political correctness.
    • real nigguh
  • Ricardo
    it's just rap though, I swear these organizations stay looking for publicity