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The clip “Lavender” of the rapper Snoop Dogg, which targeted the President Donald Trump, generated controversy

  • Written by Jerry Seward
  • Published in Music

The 45-year-old rapper Snoop Dogg (Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr.) in the latest hit Lavender features a clown called Ronald Klump with an orange face and peroxide hair who runs the country while other clowns run the police. In this story Ronald Klump “wants to deport all doggs”.

One of the final scenes shows Snoop holding a gun to the clown’s head and pulling the trigger where a flag with the word ‘bang’. The rapper described the song and its accompanying video as political commentary. “Snoop owes the President an apology. 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 President’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen told. In a tweet on Wednesday the American President suggested that Snoop Dogg, "failing career and all," would have received "Jail Time!" if the West Coast rapper had released his mock presidential-assassination video during the Obama administration.

Opinions on this subject are different: Senator Marco Rubio agreed with the Trump team, saying mock shootings are something to be “careful about.” "If there's not a true threat, then it's absolutely protected free speech," said lawyer Bruce Johnson invoking the First Amendment protects a wide swath of speech and  Floyd Abrams, a constitutional lawyer, agreed. Snoop Dogg is known for speaking on issues of systemic racism and police violence. Possibly this time he crossed the line in a big way. The “Lavender” remix will be featured on Snoop’s upcoming album Never Left, which is currently slated for May.

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