Parkinson’s Isn’t A Punch Line or West Goes In The Wrong Direction!

If you read this blog with any frequency, you know that I don’t make a habit of promoting or talking about celebrities. Today is a new day and find it odd and out of character, but I am compelled to react to the insensitive, callous, outlandish, and mean spirited use of language making news in the past week. I don’t mean the Paula Dean incident.

I would dare say that Kanye West’s over the top simile in comparing a shaking Benz to Parkinson’s disease shows real ignorance, a tremendous lack of compassion and understanding about the illness, and displays an obvious disregard in caring about being informed on what living with Parkinson’s disease means.

Parkinson’s disease isn’t the punch line to a joke! I am reminded of a phrase my parents used to say that I advise Mr. West and the rest of the world who want publicity: There is nothing cute about being stupid. I would even modify that statement to be, there is nothing cute about being insensitive.

Mr. West is an extremely successful, wealthy, popular, black entertainer, with the attention and influence on millions of fans. Rather than use his platform in front of the world for something positive and beneficial, he chose to alienate the ill and compare them a sputtering vehicle. I for one consider this degrading insulting and just plain wrong on so many levels.

Much ado has been made in the media about Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s new baby daughter, North. Instead of talking about his music, her career, and the baby, maybe something should be said about the disconnect of humanity that many of these performers have for someone unlike themselves. Is this insensitive mentality a trait to pass on to his daughter? Obviously, Kanye didn’t get the memo concerning a kinder gentler world.

I can only hope that Kanye sees the error of his ways and uses better judgment and more informed choices in the future. He has a responsibility to his child do to what is right. That’s what I think–what do you think?

About Karl Robb

Karl Robb has had Parkinson’s disease (PD) for over thirty years. With symptoms since he was seventeen years old, Karl was diagnosed at the age of twenty-three. Now fifty-one, he is a Parkinson’s disease advocate, an entrepreneur, an inventor, an author of two books (A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Other Health Conditions: A Workbook for Body, Mind, and Spirit) with his wife and care partner, Angela Robb. He has blogged for ten years on his website, ASoftVoice.com. He is a Community Team Member to ParkinsonsDisease.net and is a contributor to PatientsLikeMe.com. His blog, ASoftVoice.com, has been recognized four years in a row by Healthline.com as one of The Best Parkinson’s Blogs of 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015! Healthline.com also listed the book A Soft Voice in a Noisy World in their list of Best Parkinson’s Disease Books of 2017! FeedSpot.com has recognized ASoftVoice.com for 2018 and 2017 as a Top 50 Parkinson’s Disease blog. Karl was a blogger for the 2016 World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon. He is a frequent speaker on Parkinson’s disease issues as well as an experienced advocate for Parkinson’s issues throughout the United States. He is also an advisor and consultant on Parkinson’s disease. Karl is a board member of both the Parkinson Voice Project and Parkinson Social Network based in Virginia. He was an active board member (6 years) and an advocate (18 years) with the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN). In his free time, he is a photographer, constant writer, longtime magician, and a practicing Reiki Jin Kei Do master. Karl received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been featured by The New York Post, BBC Radio, CBS News, National Public Broadcasting (NPR), in The New Republic magazine and NHK World Television, as well as several Washington, D.C., television stations. You may reach Karl via email at asoftvoice@gmail.com, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd. I’m available for speaking engagements to share my experience living with Parkinson’s disease. Please contact me at asoftvoice@gmail.com if you are interested in having me speak to your group, conference/symposium, or would like me to write an article for your newsletter or blog. I am not a medical professional and this information is my personal view. I am just sharing my medical journey with you, the reader. I encourage you to seek all avenues that can benefit your condition.

Posted on June 26, 2013, in Health, Media & Trends, Parkinson's Disease, Philosophy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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