March 20, 2017 by gregrabidoux2013
So, if you have been on your couch for the last few days non-stop immersed in March Madness let me bring you up to speed on a wholly different kind of march madness.
Recently, rapper, songwriter and weed advocate and practitioner Calvin Broadus Jr., better known as Snoop Dog, age 45, made a music video in which he “assassinates” President Trump. Now, the gun he uses goes “Bang” like in the circus and the “President” is an actor made up to resemble the real President Trump though with clown make-up. See, Snoop is making a not so-subtle social commentary about our president being a clown who needs to get put out of hi and apparently, our misery. In interviews about the music video, Mr. Broadus while not saying the president should really be shot and killed in real life isn’t exactly rejecting the notion. We “need to keep it real” claims Broadus and that if someone “did cap Trump then he (the shooter) would be a hero in the streets.”
Now, normally such publicly held views and beliefs about or Commander-in-Chief would be quietly looked into by serious, sober professionals within the Secret Service to see if any real, credible threat to the security of our president existed. And if so, to take appropriate action. On the other hand, celebrities seem to be going out of their way to raise the bar of hyperbole against the sitting president. Madonna shared how she dreams of blowing up the White House, Sara Silverman shared her thoughts about tanks and killing the president and actor Tim Robbins implied the president had better not stop watching his back.
Ah, freedom of expression and artistic license.
On the other hand, actually making a music video visually depicting the murder of a real-life president even if it’s “make-believe” sure seems to come right to of not cross over the line of any kind of decency.
But then again, this President seems to invite such vitriol and anger. Or at least not take steps to defuse any lit matches pointed his way. So, in his own inimitable style, President Trump tweeted ( of course, he did) a tweet suggesting the incredible outrage such a music video would have created if it had targeted former President Obama in this same way and alluded to what he claimed was Snoop Dog’s failing career.
Which drew a response from another rapper named Bow Wow (formerly L’il Bow Wow) who dropped the “L’il” from his rapper moniker recently as he turned 30. Now, Bow Wow, real name Shad Gregory Moss, then tweeted a rather vulgar and by any measure, threatening tweet aimed at the president, calling Mr. Trump a “punk a** b***h and that he and his crew would “pimp Melania and make her work her a** for us.”
It turns out that Bow Wow is a cousin to Snoop Dog and well, you know how dawgs must stick up and bark loudly for their own kin.
But, here’s what I am especially troubled by with this whole doggone mess. Our president, regardless of whether you agree or not with his policies, ideas and budgetary priorities gets “mock shot and killed” and our First Lady gets threatened to be turned into a prostitute by a rapper and his “crew” and the silence is deafening.
No outrage. No public rebuke of these two, um, artists by fellow celebrities. No calling for an apology to the President and the First Lady. Nope. Only cheers and “attaboys.” Bill Maher thanked Snoop Dog while Madonna and others noted their “courage” in standing up for their beliefs.
For their beliefs? What beliefs? That killing is first, second, last and always the answer to every problem? Especially so if you liked the previous guy but not the one now in the Oval Office? That likening our First Lady to a whore makes it “even steven” because you know the president didn’t take kindly to your cousin depicting his murder in his music video.
What makes this not only repugnant but hypocritical is that in 2013 Mr. Broadus made an impassioned plea that the violence in the streets and gun crime was robbing the Black community of a generation and was not the answer. In his words, peace, love and tolerance not guns was what we need more not less of.
I guess all that goes out the dog house if the President isn’t named Obama and clearly has no affinity for your style of music.
As for Mr. Moss, he made it clear he was not and did not vote in the 2016 election so I guess this is how he participates in the political process. I’d also hazard a guess that dropping the “L’il” from your name doesn’t guarantee you’re all grown up and mature.
But how much of this vulgar nonsense, if any, is President Trump culpable for? Is it his direct style of tweeting that makes people feel that he is just some dude who they don’t like or disagree with, someone bereft of any respect despite his office? Someone they can threaten and talk to like he was some running buddy on the street?
Are Snoop Dog and Bow Wow just keeping it real as they claim or did they cross the line this time?
is there even a line to be crossed these days with this President?