Saturday 21 April 2018

'Jail time!' President attacks Snoop Dogg over music video

Rapper Snoop Dogg. Photo: Reuters
Rapper Snoop Dogg. Photo: Reuters

Dean Gray

US President Donald Trump attacked a music video in which rapper Snoop Dogg points a fake gun at a clown-like Trump figure.

"Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at president Obama? Jail time!," Trump wrote on his Twitter account.

Snoop Dogg's satirical video for 'Lavender', which was released on Sunday, makes references to issues including immigration and the police killings of unarmed black men, and features characters dressed as clowns including one called Ronald Klump.

Towards the end, the rapper points a fake handgun at the head of the Trump-like character and the replica weapon releases a flag saying "Bang".

In an interview earlier this week with celebrity website TMZ, Mr Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, called the video "totally disgraceful" and said the musician owed Mr Trump an apology.

The video has also drawn criticism from Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.

California rapper Snoop Dogg (45) told 'Billboard' he saw Mr Trump as a clown.

"I feel like it's a lot of people making cool records, having fun, partying, but nobody's dealing with the real issue with this...clown as president," the musician said.


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