You may have read that there is a major controversy over a recent rap video released by Snoop Dogg showing him assassinating someone who appears to be President Trump. Well, while Snoop defends his “art” as an expression of his First Amendment rights to free speech, the United States Secret Service, charged with protecting the President, has taken a somewhat narrower view of the video.
In fact, a representative for the Secret Service told a reporter for the industry news organ, TheWrap, that the agency is “aware of the video “Lavender,” which features Snoop Dogg shooting a clown-faced Trump stand-in with a toy gun, and it is not amused. From the tone of the statement, it is unclear if the agency is investigating or planning to investigate the video, But the Secret Service spokesman said that the agency “had no further public comment on the matter at this time,” a phrase used when there is an ongoing investigation.
The video’s directors Jesse Wellens and James DeFina defended the piece saying that it depict an America where everyone’s a clown, including president “Ronald Klump.” After Klump holds a press conference to announce the deportation of all dogs, Snoop chains up the Clown-in-Chief and shoots him with a toy gun.
But ever since the release of the video, there has been an increasing demand from many on the right and even some on the left for it to be pulled. One such critic, Senator Marco Rubio, himself a confessed hip-hop fan, said that the rapper should be “very careful” about such depictions. “Snoop shouldn’t have done that … You know, we’ve had presidents assassinated before in this country, so anything like that is really something that you should be very careful about,” Rubio told TMZ.
Senator Rubio went on to say, “I think people can disagree … [but] you’ve got to be very careful about that kind of thing, because the wrong person sees that and gets the wrong idea, you can have a real problem. So I’m not sure what Snoop was thinking, he should think about that a little bit.”
Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, was a little more direct in his opinion of the video. Cohen told: TMZ, “It’s totally disgraceful, Snoop owes the president an apology. There’s absolutely nothing funny about an assassination attempt on a president. 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 dressed up as Trump and firing a weapon at him,” Cohen continued. “In all fairness, it’s not funny. It’s not artistic. If you have a protest, that’s fine. Make your point.”
Apparently, the Secret Service is not amused either as according to one source, they are keeping a very close eye on the future activities of Mr. Dogg, at least for the foreseeable future.