“Shame on you, Snoop,” President Donald Trump’s team fired back at Snoop Dogg following the release of the music video for his latest song, “Lavender.” The parody video includes a shot of the rapper firing a toy gun at a clown version of Trump, alluding to the “clownery” of police and state violence against citizens.
“Snoop owes the president an apology,” he said. “There’s absolutely nothing funny about an assassination attempt on a president, and I’m really shocked at him because I thought he was better than that.”
The video was inspired by the death of Philando Castile, an unarmed victim of a “traffic stop” gone wrong and, as some argue, an incident of racially-fueled police violence. Trump has long advocated for increased police presence and harsher patrol, a strategy Black Lives Matter and some anti-police brutality groups say will only bring more harm.
“I’m not really sure I understand the artistic value to having somebody dress up as Trump and firing a weapon at him,” Cohen added. “I certainly would not have accepted it if it was President Obama. I certainly don’t accept it as President Trump, and in all fairness, it’s not funny, it’s not artistic.”
Cohen did stress the value of dissent, though, adding, “If you have a protest, that’s fine. Make a point. But he has to learn that they have to respect the office of the presidency. … Just because you want to hide behind the guise of artistic capabilities or artistic freedom of speech, doesn’t make it right, and Snoop knows that, and he played very close to the line here.”
“Shame on you, Snoop,” concluded Cohen, who suggested that Snoop could be doing more for the community beyond making controversial videos and could perhaps join Trump’s diversity coalition. “You should be better than that, that’s for sure.”
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