West Africa- Controversial Kanye West is filing a lawsuit against the CDC for their use of the word "Ebola." He is suing because he was led to believe that the news about Ebola spreading throughout Africa was actually referencing his first single which was entitled, "Ebola, Ebola, Ebola, Ebola." This will be the second lawsuit that is affiliated with this song. In 2006, West sued Lil Wayne for stealing the beat of "Ebola,Ebola,Ebola,Ebola" and applying it to his hit song "A Milli."
Ebola is a disease that spreads from humans to humans through bodily fluid contact. This disease will cause high fever, and internal bleeding; it usually ends with death. There is no known cure for this disease at this point. There is fear that this disease could spread into the United States and throughout the world.
When interviewed West had this to say:
"You know, originally, I thought by publicist was going out of his way to start these headlines. I saw 'Ebola, spreading through West Africa' and I got excited. I thought for once, this song that I wrote, when I was 17, was finally going global. However, I started realizing the headlines were not about my song when they feared that it was going to spread to the United States. I thought to myself... Everyone in the United States loves my music.. .this cannot be right."
The director of the CDC had nothing to say on the lawsuit, but had this to say about West's music, "Its funny because it is a lot like the disease. It attaches to its host, gives it a headache, and eventually leads to death."
West is suing for 1 million dollars but he said that he would settle for the use of his song to be included in the treatment of Ebola patients throughout the world.