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Has Snoop barked at the wrong dog?


Clowning around: Trump's people are going mad over Snoop's latest video

Clowning around: Trump's people are going mad over Snoop's latest video

Clowning around: Trump's people are going mad over Snoop's latest video

Like many white suburban lads my age, I came of age during the golden era of rap and hip-hop.

KRS-One, NWA, A Tribe Called Quest and, of course, the peerless Public Enemy all enjoyed as much turntable time as the more regular white-boy bands like REM and the Irish A House.

Then something went wrong with rap. It stopped being about a visceral rage, which is the universal language of every teenager, and became more interested in bling'n'bitches, a horribly misogynistic and deeply stupid genre which seemed to almost bring shame on their more illustrious predecessors.

So myself and hip-hop parted ways when I realised that I simply couldn't defend most of the stuff that was popular. But Snoop was different. He was always smarter than the competition, and funnier, too.

An unbelievable freestyler, he is the one hip-hop act whose new releases I still look forward to.

So has he gone too far with his latest video, Lavender, which sees him aim a gun at a clown dressed up as Trump?

The Republicans certainly seem to think so. Trump's people are, as you might expect, going mad. Most of the mainstream media seems to think it's a joke and... this is one of those scenarios where everybody is in the wrong.

America has a rather complex relationship with its own Constitutional protection of speech when it comes to the President - any President. Even jokingly threatening a sitting POTUS can lead to a knock on the door from the Secret Service, and I honestly reckon the only reason more people haven't been lifted by the authorities is because they just don't have the manpower to arrest everyone.

But while the Trump response was exactly as you could have predicted -furious and opportunistic, they do know each other, after all - the blasé, even contemptuous response of many in the media is a sign of exactly the kind of double standard that Trump's people never tire of whining about.

If a right-wing firebrand like, say, Ted Nugent, had released a video which saw him aiming one of his famous guns at Obama's head, there would have been fury. So why is this different for Trump?

One of the most common things you now hear about Trump is that he will not finish his first term as President.

I've seen people who should know better saying he will fall either because of impeachment or internal party revolt or, as they say while tapping their nose conspiratorially, he might even be assassinated. But in the meantime, if the Americans start censoring art, they're in more trouble than they realise.

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