LYRICS CRITICISED: Kanye West
KANYE WEST’S latest album Yeezus has been lambasted for containing “an inexcusable level of stupidity and cruelty” by a Parkinson’s charity.
Parkinson’s UK took offence at West’s lyric: “get this b****h shaking like Parkinson’s”.
The charity’s chief executive Steve Ford said: “Kanye West has shown an inexcusable level of stupidity and cruelty towards people living with an incurable condition.
“Life with Parkinson’s is difficult enough without becoming fodder for insensitive celebrities, who should know better, looking for their next big hit.”
127,000 people in Britain are affected by the condition, approximately one in 500 of the population, according to the charity.
The main symptoms of Parkinson’s are shaking, immobility and rigidity – it is a degenerative neurological condition for which there is no cure.
Suffers eventually lose the ability to eat independently.
Muhammad Ali, arguably the world’s greatest boxer, lives with Parkinson’s.
“People with Parkinson’s have to cope with intolerable social discrimination on a daily basis – often to the point where they are afraid to go out in public – and this sort of thoughtless, callous comment can only serve to make things even worse for them”, Ford added.