Rapper Snoop Dogg is urging fans to join him in boycotting the new Roots remake, insisting he is “sick” of all the slave dramas.
The revamped version of the historical miniseries, which is based on Alex Haley’s 1976 book, Roots: The Saga of an American Family, is due to premiere on the U.S. History Channel on Monday night, as Americans mark Memorial Day, but the Drop It Like It’s Hot hitmaker will not be tuning in to watch.
In a profanity-laced video posted on Instagram.com, Snoop insists filmmakers and producers should look to create new material about the success of African-Americans, instead of reminding audiences about their troubled past.
“No disrespect but I can’t watch no motherfucking black movies where niggas get dogged out – 12 Years A Slave, Roots, Underground, I can’t watch none of that shit,” he declared.
“I’m sick of this shit. How the fuck they gonna put Roots on on Memorial Day? They just gonna keep beatin’ that shit in our heads in how they did us, huh?” Snoop fumed. “I mean, I don’t understand it, man. They just wanna keep showing the abuse that we took hundreds and hundreds of years ago.”
The angry rapper continued, “But guess what? We’re taking the same abuse. Think about that part. When y’all gonna make a motherfucking series about the success that black folks was having? The only success we have is Roots and 12 Years A Slave and shit like that, huh? Fuck y’all.”
Snoop then called on followers to turn their backs on the new Roots show.
“I ain’t watchin’ that shit (sic),” he snarled. “I advise you motherfucking real niggas like myself, fuck them television shows. Let’s create our own shit based on today, how we live and how we inspire people today. Black is what’s real. Fuck that old shit.”
It’s not the first time the veteran hip-hop star has made his outspoken views known. Earlier this year, he demanded fans boycott the Oscars over its lack of black nominees.
The Roots revamp stars Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anna Paquin, Anika Noni Rose, newcomer Malachi Kirby, and rapper/actor T.I.
The original 1977 production earned nine Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award, and spawned two sequels. The finale is still the third highest-rated U.S. TV programme in broadcasting history.
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