The ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’ rapper vented his feelings about the slavery-based min-series on Instagram, ahead of its debut on the History Channel.
He insisted that producers should focus on showing “successful” black people instead of relying on storytelling based around what he describes as “abuse that we took hundreds and hundreds of years ago”.
In an expletive-heavy video, he explained: “No disrespect, but I can’t watch no more motherf***ing black movies, where n****s are getting dogged out… ‘12 Years A Slave’, ‘Roots’, ‘Underground’, I can’t watch none of that shit. I’m sick of this shit.”
“They’re just gonna keep beating that shit into our heads as to how they did us.”
He continued: “I don’t understand America, they just want to keep showing the abuse that we took hundreds and hundreds of years ago - but guess what? We’re taking the same abuse. Think about that.
“When are y’all gonna make a series about the motherfucking success that we black folks is having? The only success we have is ‘Roots’ and ‘12 Years A Slave’ and shit like that, huh? Fuck y’all, I ain’t watching that shit.”
Snoop went on to encourage his followers to boycott the ‘Roots’ remake, as he is, adding: “Let’s create our own shit based on today. How we’re living and how we’re inspiring people today.”
After the post began getting attention online, it has since garnered a response from ‘Roots’ producer Will Packer, who tells Tallahassee Democrat: “I certainly don’t judge Snoop at all because I’m very flawed myself.
“[But] I just think the irony of having him saying and using the n-word, saying, ‘A real n-word like me wouldn’t watch this, I couldn’t help but think there’s a ghost of some horrendous slave owner that is smiling and smirking as he watches this black man say that and call himself that …I think that slave owner probably said, ‘Preach. I agree.’”
Fellow rapper Azealia Banks has previously made similar remarks to Snoop Dogg, saying during a discussion about the appropriation of black culture: “Even the fact that they’re still making movies like ‘12 Years A Slave’ and shit like that… I don’t want to see no more fucking stories about slaves.
“I don’t wanna see no more fucking white people whipping nobody in no fucking movies. I don’t wanna see this shit no more. Because my black story is deeper than the boat ride over, you know what I mean? And it’s very upsetting.”