Did Snoop Dogg’s Lavender Video Go Too Far?
Controversial launches of performer’s videos ALWAYS increase views and album sales. In Snoop’s new video entitled “Lavender,” a character named “Ronald Klump,” a satirical Donald Trump stand-in, is the victim of a Looney Tunes-ian “BANG,” fired by Snoop Dogg.
The video, remixed by Kaytranada and newly bedrocked by verses from Snoop Dogg, was released Monday, and since then, the GOP health care bill and Trump’s tax returns have dominated the national conversation. Nevertheless, Trump took time this morning to respond to the video:
Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen also responded to the music video, telling TMZ that “it’s totally disgraceful. Snoop owes the president an apology.”
Jail time seems unlikely, given the First Amendment protections afforded satire and parody. As the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press explains:
“ … subjects of even the most biting satire or criticism cannot successfully sue unless the irreverent comments contain a provably false fact.
It may be an uphill climb to establish the fact of Ronald Klump (an apology from Snoop Dogg also does not seem forthcoming).
Over a 24-plus-year career, Snoop Dogg hasn’t exactly cultivated an image as a politically engaged justice warrior, but in our present moment, the cultural calculus has changed. Also, as my colleague Rodney Carmichael wrote of recent work from Joey Bada$$: “Even when totally devoid of overt sociopolitical commentary, rap consistently speaks volumes about the State of the Union.”
Mr. Dogg was born Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. on October 20, 1971, known professionally as Snoop Dogg (sometimes shortened to Snoop and formerly called Snoop Doggy Dogg and Snoop Lion). Snoop is an American rapper and actor from Long Beach, California. His music career began in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr. Dre of N.W.A, and as a result was prominently featured throughout Dr. Dre’s solo debut album, The Chronic (1992). He has since sold over twenty-three million albums in the United States and thirty-five million albums worldwide. Snoop Dogg holds the dubious distinction of having seventeen Grammy nominations without a win.