BRIMFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH -- "You better check yourself before you wreck yourself."
A stern but sincere message sent to hip-hop artist Kanye West by Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver.
"When I wrote that, I actually chuckled," said Chief Oliver.
The Chief blasted the recording artist Thursday on the township's police Facebook page after hearing and reading comments Kanye made during an interview with Saturdaynightonline.com.
Kanye said, "I'm putting my life at risk ... this is like, being a police officer, or like war or something...You're literally going out to do your job every day knowing that something could happen to you."
That remark and others outraged Chief Oliver.
Several of the officers in Brimfield Township and several family members are combat military veterans.
"Someone equating being a performer to being in a war, I mean, hey," said Chief Oliver. "The comparison isn't even remotely close."
In the Facebook post, which was dripping with sarcasm, the chief also called Kanye "as misguided as they come," and said "if you rap really fast without a chance to inhale, you could pass out and hit head."
Chief Oliver is known for his humorous yet poignant views on current events, crime and daily life, and the Facebook page has well over 97,000 likes, but his Kanye rant garnered attention from multiple media outlets and the site got over one million views in a week.
Leslie writes, “Another idiot called out –I love it.”
Darcshell wrote, “Kanye is quite out of his mind,” and an active duty military person named Bryan posted that “he couldn’t be prouder of this post.”
Chief Oliver says he also received phone calls from soldiers thanking him for standing up to Kanye West.
Veterans at the Brunswick VFW were also grateful. They were especially fond of the Chief's line encouraging Kanye to quit his current job and join the military and then volunteer to serve in Afghanistan.
“I like it,” said Len Bouman, who served in the Navy, USCG and is a retired police officer.
“How many rappers got killed last year? That’s my question,” he asked.
Another Naval veteran named Norman Cerny said, “I don’t think he knows the responsibility of a policeman or the military…I think he should serve overseas with the USO.”
But everyone's favorite line is also the Chief's:
“Check yourself before you wreck yourself.”
They hope Kanye takes that advice to heart and from now on, thinks before he speaks.
“When I wrote that, I actually chuckled because it was, you know, I like having fun and a lot of what I do is sarcastic and tongue and cheek and I didn’t mind that line too much.” said Chief Oliver.