On Tuesday, Fox News Mornings with Maria took time to cry out in pure hypocritical outrage over a video produced by rap star Snoop Dogg (full video at the end of the article). The hosts, speaking with Alan West, seem to think that the First Amendment was suspended as of January 20th, 2017.
Political dissent is part of the American political landscape. As many Americans found out during former President Barack Obama’s tenure, so is “killing” the president in effigy. Usually, dummies hung by a noose and set aflame, we saw many, many examples of mock assassinations of our President through the last 8 years. A math teacher was suspended for his mock assassination of Obama during a lesson.
Free Speech! They cried.
Now, in a political commentary, Snoop Dogg has stepped out to be the “Dixie Chicks meets SNL gone wild” of 2017. His video for the song Lavender sparked commentary and political discourse while using tried and true satirical staging. Trump, dressed as a clown in full orange-face, with whited-out eyes, is “shot” in the head with an oversized prop-gun that displays the word “BANG” on the trigger pull with a bright flash of light, a la Saturday morning cartoons.
Did this go too far? Maybe but he is well within his rights. He also did not threaten Trump.
Fox News is literally stumbling over themselves to be completely and utterly offended, their guest Allen West even suggesting that it broke the law and this free speech should be responded to with an investigation and possible consequences.
Watch that coverage here (starts at 4:11):
Let’s make something clear, burning Obama in effigy, all over the country, was not “ok,” but, it was legal despite the outrage it did cause to liberals. Legal, unless the person doing so poses or speaks a direct threat to the President. Then it is a threat, and not “political commentary.” What Snoop Dogg did was done as a satirical political commentary, “ok” or not. It is legal, and it was done in a way to express frustration with Trump and police brutality, not threaten Trump’s life.
Snoop Dogg spoke to Billboard about his aims:
Snoop elaborated on the video concept in an interview with Billboard, criticizing police brutality and President Trump’s policies, saying: “The ban that this motherfucker tried to put up; him winning the presidency; police being able to kill motherfuckers and get away with it; people being in jail for weed for 20, 30 years and motherfuckers that’s not black on the streets making money off of it – but if you got color or ethnicity connected to your name, you’ve been wrongfully accused or locked up for it, and then you watching people not of color position themselves to get millions and billions off of it,” he said.
“It’s a lot of clown shit going on that we could just sit and talk on the phone all day about, but it’s a few issues that we really wanted to lock into [for the video] like police, the president and just life in general.”
Here is one that Fox News actually covered, though, from a Fox affiliate, it is very interesting because it assures people that we do not want to suppress political dissent, the stark opposite of suggesting Snoop Dogg broke the law with a satirical cartoon-style shooting of a mocked-up clown Trump.
“You’re never going to eliminate hate and you don’t want to eliminate political dissent, ‘cause that’s part of the system,” Skidmore said. “Condemning the president, condemning the government is a long and honorable tradition, but threatening is another issue.”
Hypocrisy, plain and simple:
Watch the video below, curtousy of Rolling Stone and Youtube, WARNING, this is a Snoop Dogg video and is not suitable for children for reasons unrelated to the Trump clown: