The widely acclaimed “Roots” remake trended on Twitter Monday as viewers hailed its powerful, resonant message – but Snoop Dogg blasted the production in an expletive-laced video clip posted on Instagram and urges people not to watch it.
“No disrespect, but I can’t watch .. ’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Roots,’ ‘Underground.’ I can’t watch none of that (bleep). I’m sick of this (bleep),” he said in the clip posted to his public, official Instagram page. “How the (bleep) are they going to put ‘Roots’ on on Memorial Day? They’re going to just keep beating that (bleep) in our heads, how they did us, huh?”
“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 part. When are y’all going to make a (bleeping) series about the success that black folks are having? The only success we have is ‘Roots’ and ’12 Years a Slave’ and (bleep) like that?”
(Bleep) y’all. I ain’t watching and I advise (others to do likewise). (Bleep) them television shows. Let’s create our own (bleep) based on today, how we’re living and how we inspire people today. Black is what’s real. (Bleep) that old (bleep).”
Here’s the trailer, a small sample of the overwhelming praise for the stunning project and some response to Snoop’s comments: