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.”