The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has responded to Pusha-T's comments on longtime longtime Drake produce Noah “40” Shebib, who lives with the chronic disease. In Tuesday night's response to Drake's Friday night track, Pusha seemingly mocked Shebib for the physical toll MS has taken on his body, as well as the early death he'll likely face, saying “OVO 40 hunches over like he’s 80/Tick, tick, tick/How much time he got?/That man is sick, sick, sick."
“It’s troubling to hear that a person’s disability would be made fun of by others," said Eileen Curran, Senior Director National PR/Media for the National MS Society,in a statement to Pitchfork. "Multiple sclerosis, which affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide, is an often misunderstood disease. People living with MS face many challenges every day, which is why it’s so important to continue to raise awareness for MS so others can better understand those challenges. We at the National MS Society see this as an opportunity to raise awareness of this disease, the people who live with it, and the support that is out there – especially since today is World MS Day.”
Shebib responded on Twitter, noting that the song happened to come out the day before World MS Day. Pusha-T, when told about the coincidence on The Breakfast Club Wednesday morning, said “Oh man, wow, that’s ironic.”