Snoop Dogg’s Imagery of Assassinating President Trump, Is This Just Creative Expression?
Recently, the rapper Snoop Dogg released a video and song remix of “Lavender,” from an original track by the Canadian group BadBadNotGood. The video is charged with political imaginary, using clowns as muses. In one scene, a black man is pulled over by a clown — according to news outlets this represents the killing of Philando Castile. In another scene, Snoop Dogg aims a gun at the head of a lookalike of President Trump in clown makeup.
Essentially, Snoop is showcasing an act of assassination of a human being, the president of The United States, no less.
This is reprehensible, disturbing, unpatriotic, and there’s no value to warrant creative expression.
Look, I support disagreeing with a political figure, including the president. Just as I support one’s fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression, believing it’s an important pillar in our Constitution that ought to be protected and cherished.
That said, I also believe in personal responsibility and being a good role model to the next generation of leaders, thinkers, workers, and members of our community. Over the years, I’ve witnessed a loss of dignity and respect in our political discourse. Adding murder imagery to politics doesn’t ease the tension that is burning through the hemisphere of our great nation — in particular with the rise of anti-Semantic threats and shootings, burning of mosques, and shootings and killing of Sikhs since Trump’s election.
Look, I don’t believe in censorship. I understand that artistic expression can be controversial. I’m no prude when it comes to being uncomfortable in art. In Madonna’s Girl Gone Wild tour, guns and violence were prevalent in the first act of the show. In the song Bang Bang, Madonna sang of killing a lover that she was jilted by. Artistic designer, Manfred Zbrzezny, created an entire “mass creation” around arsenal and “decommissioned AK-47s, RPG launchers and bazookas,” as reported by Teo Kermeliotis for CNN. I enjoy Quentin Tarantino’s work, and he’s certainly isn’t known for taking a pro-gun control stance in his films.
Anyone that follows Snoop Dogg, such as myself, isn’t surprised by the artist anti-Trump stance. He’s on record reprimanding Trump’s first executive order which barred people for 90 days from entering our country if they resided from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Snoop called Trump “a clown,” for issuing the order.
Like Snoop, I’m terrified at the idea that Donald Trump is our president. As a Black person, I get the fear and disappointment. I especially understand the pain of knowing that 62 million citizens, the majority Caucasians, supported a man whose on record of accusing black people of mass violence while ignoring white supremacy. Trump has threatened to send in the National Guard to tame gun violence in Chicago. Anyone with half a brain knows this is black code for a police state in black communities.
The ignorant mudslinging of racism by Trump’s Administration, especially from Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller is appalling. It’s nerve-racking that President Trump didn’t mention Jewish people during the remembrance of the Holocaust. The continued silence from this White House regarding acts of hate against minorities as a whole is gutwrenching. Instead, the administration has chosen to whitewash the pain in these communities by acting like they don’t exist.
There’s much concern to manifest when it comes to this administration but toying with the idea of assassination, even through creative expression is wrong. Just like it was wrong when Madonna at the Women’s March suggested we blow up the White House, even if it was just an analogy.
It’s also hypocritical for liberals to tolerate assassination talks of Trump while chastising conservatives like former Congressman Joe Walsh who told Obama to “Watch out” after police officers were killed in Dallas during an anti-police brutality protest. Sarah Palin was criticized by the left for her cross-hairs list and was accused of instigating the person that shot Gabrielle Gifford’s.
During an interview with TMZ, Sen. Rubio responded to Snoop Dogg’s video saying, “Snoop shouldn’t have done that.” Rubio continued, “We’ve had presidents assassinated before in this country, so anything like that, people should really be careful about that kind of thing. He should think about that a little bit.”
Rubio is right. Men who dedicated much of their adult lives to serving our country have died at the hands of lunatics. Let’s not lose another president to violence because you disagree with their policy, instead, fight back in the voting booth.
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