Did Snoop Dogg go too far with his latest music video?

Did Snoop Dogg go too far with his latest music video?

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Snoop Dogg's video for his new single, "Lavender," has the rapper pulling the trigger of a fake gun against the head of a clown dressed as Donald Trump. Conservatives are up in arms, saying the video sends a dangerous message at a time when Americans are more divided than ever. But others are not as outraged by the video. One, it's Snoop Dogg—he's not exactly known for disciplined and positive political messages—and two, it's free speech. What do you think?

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Conservatives say Snoop Dogg went too far by by showing a mock execution of Donald Trump in his music video. Snoop Dogg is hugely influential. Showing scenes like this in his music video is incredibly irresponsible and disrespectful—if not to Donald Trump, then to the office of the president. What makes the incident worse is its complete ignorance of the history of presidential assassinations in America. It's just something you shouldn't joke about. 

Trump's lawyer had this to say:

"It's totally disgraceful. Snoop owes the president an apology," he said. "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.

"I'm not really sure I understand the artistic value to having somebody dress up as Trump and firing a weapon at him," Cohen added. "I certainly would not have accepted it if it was President Obama. I certainly don't accept it as President Trump, and in all fairness, it's not funny, it's not artistic."

He continued, "If you have a protest, that's fine. Make a point. But he has to learn that they have to respect the office of the presidency ... Just because you want to hide behind the guise of artistic capabilities or artistic freedom of speech doesn't make it right, and Snoop knows that, and he played very close to the line here."

"Shame on you, Snoop," concluded Cohen, who suggested that Snoop could be doing more for the community beyond making controversial videos and could perhaps join Trump's Diversity Coalition. "You should be better than that, that's for sure."

Snoop Dogg says the video is a statement about the state of the world we're in. He's making a point about the clowns who are in charge of the world and how they're "clownin' around." Art isn't meant to be comfortable and it's not meant to follow the rules. It's absurd to suggest Snoop Dogg is actually advocating for people to assassinate the president. He's not even using a real gun. 

Here's how Snoop Dogg puts it:

"The whole world is clownin’ around, and [Jesse’s] concept is so right on point with the art direction and the reality, because if you really look at some of these motherf--kers, they are clowns."
"The ban that this motherf--ker tried to put up; him winning the presidency; police being able to kill motherf--kers and get away with it; people being in jail for weed for 20, 30 years and motherf--kers 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. It’s a lot of clown sh-t 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." 
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