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Kanye West Upsets Theraflu, PETA With New Track

Track 'Theraflu' draws criticism from several fronts

Kanye West performs as part of Big Day Out Festival at the Gold Coast Parklands in Gold Coast, Australia.
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April 6, 2012 11:03 AM ET

Kanye West, who dropped the anti-haters anthem "Theraflu" yesterday, is getting flack from the cold and flu relief company of the same name. The song is an occasion for major braggadocio, mentioning the rapper's love for Kim Kardashian and clout with Roc Nation. However, the title suggests that West is so cold to his nemeses, they need Theraflu to cope.

"We in no way endorse or approve of the references or use of the image and likeness of Theraflu in this manner," a company representative told TMZ.

Theraflu isn't the only non-fan of the new cut. In the song's chorus, West taunts People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals with the line, "Someone tell PETA my mink is dragging on the floor." The organization tells the Wall Street Journal " . . . what's dragging on the floor is Kanye's reputation as a man with no empathy for animals or human beings. He's a great musician but doesn't seem to have the fashion sense to design anything more than caveman costumes." Burn.

The Hit Boy-produced beat behind the controversial "Theraflu" wasn't originally intended for West. "It was supposed to be for [DJ] Khaled's album," Hit Boy tells MTV. "'Ye was just like, 'This needs to be out now; this is an urgent record.'"

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