Has-been rapper Snoop Dogg released a new music video that depicts him pointing a gun and pulling the trigger at a Clown-faced man with a bouffant of blonde hair, presumably a representation of president Donald J. Trump.
The video is going to cause a stir. Should it? Probably not. After all, it’s just an “artistic rendering” in a stupid video of a stupid song from a patently stupid man who hasn’t been relevant since the early 90s.
The question folks are going to ask: is Snoop D-O-Double ‘G’ really advocating violence against the president?
Probably not. But even if he was, no one would ever be able to prove it to warrant criminal prosecution given the way it’s couched in the middle of a crappy song.
What folks on the right have been pointing out is that not too long ago, Snoop put out a pro-gun control video in which he urged fans do dump retirement portfolios that had stock in firearm and ammunition companies.
“How I’ve been affected by gun violence over the years is through deaths of friends and family members and associates,” Snoop said, in the 2015 PSA themed, “#Unloading.”
“I’m unloading for my loved ones that I lost,” he continued.
So, on one hand, he’s denouncing gun violence and, on the other, he’s shooting the president in the head with a firearm. Now, it should be noted that after the gun fires, it spits out a flag that reads “Bang.” Plus, after the shooting, the clown-faced Trump appears in a subsequent scene where he is tied up in a chain. Maybe, the shooting was meant to be a joke within the narrative of the video. Then again, maybe not.
Anyways, at least one lawmaker has already slammed Snoop, saying that the video isn’t at all funny.
“Snoop shouldn’t have done that,” said Sen. Marco Rubio. “We have had presidents assassinated before in this country, so anything like that you should really be very careful about.”
One can argue that while the Trump scene is troubling, the lyrics of the song are equally offensive. Talk about trying to incite the public and divide America. Here’s just a little taste:
F*ck the police, from a black man’s point of view
Spray that shit, say that shit
We right in front of you, each and everyone of you
I’m not gon’ tell y’all niggas what we gonna do
But whatever y’all did, put two on it
And put a foot on your neck with a shoe on it
Resident evil, it’s all on camera and they still don’t believe you
Clownin’ around, don’t come your clown ass ’round here nigga you gon’ get down
I may be going out on a limb here, but it sounds like Snoop’s not a fan of LEOs. As it relates to the underlying notion in the song that police are running around murdering black men at a record clip, that’s just patently false.
One needs to look no further than a recent study published by Harvard professor Roland G. Fryer Jr. (Yes, he’s a black man). As it relates to LEOs gunning down black men, it states, “On the most extreme use of force – officer-involved shootings – we find no racial differences in either the raw data or when contextual factors are taken into account.”
In other words, police aren’t purposely hunting down and killing black men as some would have you believe. Ultimately, Snoop’s beef with police officers is deeply misguided. But what should we expect? As mentioned, he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed.