Donald Trump rose to the White House powered by undeniable charisma, a vow to “drain the swamp” and a knack for Tweeting something offensive at any time or place.
So how did entertainers respond? To quote a well-worn Twitter meme … hold my beer.
Kathy Griffin’s bloody Trump head. Madonna sharing dreams of blowing up the White House. Johnny Depp asking if it’s time for an actor to kill the president (again).
The latest outrage comes courtesy of rapper Snoop Dogg. The former Snoop Lion released a reprehensible video a few months back in which he fires a toy pistol at the head of a Trump stand-in.
In a way, that was just the odious appetizer to the rapper’s main course: Snoop Dogg’s new song, “Make America Crip Again.”
Here are a few excerpts of the lyrics.
“The president said he wants to make America great again, f*** that s***, we’re going to make America crip again.”
“Colin Kaepernick was blackballed … this still America with three K’s, believe that s***.”
The saddest part? How the rapper attempted to spin his lyrics to make the Crips look respectable:
Snoop told CNN that he referred to the notorious Los Angeles gang because it was founded to be the “reflection of the Black Panthers,” who “looked after kids, provided after-school activities, fed them and stepped in as role models and father figures.”
Yes, The Crips are a regular YMCA group in action. Cue the media outrage, right?
Mainstream outlets like CNN and Newsweek shared the details of the song without so much as an ounce of alarm, let alone outrage. None.
Yes, the very same media that promotes every nutty white supremacist as if he spoke for an entire race can’t summon a syllable about Snoop’s offensive claims. Imagine if Kid Rock belted out a new track entitled, “Make America Aryan Nation again.” CNN’s Chris Cuomo might lead the pitchfork brigade to chase the budding politician out of respectable society.
For those unfamiliar with the word “crip” here’s a quick explainer.
The Crips, co-founded in 1971 by Stanley “Tookie” Williams, is the largest gang in the United States, according to NPR.
Countless lives have been corrupted by the Crips over its four-plus decade existence, not to mention a death toll that makes Chicago’s bloody streets look modest by comparison. Here’s a reminder of who they are and what they bring to American culture:
In the 1980s the Crips became more focused on drugs, especially crack cocaine, and the gang eventually formed alliances with Mexican cartels. Its involvement in narcotics helped the gang expand beyond Los Angeles. By the early 21st century, it was operating in some 40 states and had upwards of 20,000 members. However, Los Angeles remained its stronghold. While cocaine and marijuana provided the majority of its income, the Crips were also involved in auto theft, robbery, and carjacking.
What’s more remarkable? Members of the Left shame Republicans as “white supremacists” with shocking regularity but shrug about Snoop’s Crips-worship. Just Google “Betsy DeVos” and “white supremacist” and you’ll see what I mean.
To be fair, it’s not like someone made a disparaging comment about a female-led superhero film. That would spark a media meltdown.
Yet, Snoop Dogg is doing something far worse, and unquestionably reprehensible. And media outlets are withholding judgment?
Liberals denounce President Trump for many things, including being a lousy role model for today’s youth (they’re right about that). It’s hard to square Trump’s attack on Sen. Ted Cruz’s wife or his early comments against Sen. John McCain with anything a politician—not to mention a president—should ever say.
And yet here comes Snoop Dogg, throwing his long arms around a bloody and destructive gang. Setting aside Snoop’s attacks on Trump, what about the message he is sending to young people? Can you imagine being the parent of a child and hearing this song playing in his or her bedroom? Gangsta rap, at its worst, glorified thug life in a way that sent a terrible message to impressionable teens. Thankfully, that particular sub-genre has faded from the spotlight in recent years.
Now, along comes Snoop Dogg attempting social commentary in the most gangsta-friendly way possible. Members of the press can’t call it out because he’s attacking the figure they loathe the most. So they’re standing down.
It’s hard to know who comes off more poorly here, the incoherent rapper or the mainstream media.