Long story short, Snoop Dogg will not be watching HISTORY's reboot of the 1977 mini-series Roots, based on the novel by Alex Haley. Short story long, which is why you are here, is that Snoop Dogg is tired of black films and television shows focusing on slavery instead of the successes and contributions of black people in America today. The rapper posted a video of his thoughts to Instagram, ultimately calling for a boycott of the revival.
Here's a transcript of Snoop's rant.
No disrespect, but I can’t watch no motherfucking more black movies where n****s get dogged out—'12 Years A Slave,' 'Roots,' 'Underground'—I can’t watch none of that shit. Sick of this shit, how the fuck they gonna put Roots on on Memorial Day? They just gonna keep beating that shit in our heads, about how they did us, huh? I mean, 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 gonna make a motherfucking series about the success that 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 and I advise you motherfuckers as real n****s 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. Right Jules?
The camera turns to reveal Jules as his one dog audience, laying on the couch with his owner.
To offer another perspective, a recent Mother Jones interview with LeVar Burton, star of the original series and executive producer of the reboot, explained why he thinks continuing to tell these stories is important.
Well, how often have we seen Holocaust stories? I bring that up because there's a wonderful tradition in Jewish culture that is about "never forget." In insisting that this story is passed onto each successive generation, it has become part and parcel of Jewish identity. Human beings have remarkably short memories, and so it is essential that we continually remind ourselves...
...The vestiges of slavery are alive and well and have been institutionalized in American culture—in the disproportionate number of black men incarcerated, in phenomena like Driving While Black. It's like Neil deGrasse Tyson says about science: "The great thing about science is, whether you believe it or not, it's still true!"...
I'm hoping that the conversation around Roots when it airs will fill in the gaps so that it is absolutely, unavoidably clear that America today is directly related to America of the antebellum South and the slave trade. And that some of the issues that we still grapple with have their roots in slavery and its attendant legacy of racism.
Both make valid points. But whether you intend to watch the series or not, you can still enjoy this video of Snoop smoking and listening to his music alone.