Snoop Dogg rails against 'Roots' in expletive-filled video
Rapper and actor Snoop Dogg is calling for a boycott of the new Roots miniseries in an expletive-filled social media post.
In the video on Instagram and Twitter, Snoop Dogg rails about the remake of Roots, which premieres Monday as a four-night series on History, A&E and Lifetime channels.
The remake is based on ABC's landmark 1977 miniseries of the same name, taken from author Alex Haley's 1976 novel, which explored the horrors of American slavery.
"I'm sick of this. ... How the (expletive) they gonna put Roots on Memorial Day?" a subdued Snoop Dogg asks in the selfie video. "They just going to keep beating that (expletive) into our heads as to how they did us, huh?"
Warning: Video contains extensive profanity.
He takes exception to the portrayal of slavery in Roots and the movie 12 Years A Slave, which won the best picture Oscar in 2014 and a best supporting actress award for
"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," he says. "Think about that part. When you all going to make a (expletive) series about the success that black folks is having. The only success we have isRoots and 12 Years A Slave?"