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Snoop Dogg: 'Roots,' Other (Bleep Bleep) Shows About Slavery Should Be Boycotted

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Snoop Dogg, aka Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr.  (AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 31 May 2016 10:00 AM

Snoop Dogg is calling for a boycott of The History Channel's miniseries "Roots" and other historical dramas portraying slavery. Here's how the black rapper so eloquently puts it:

"I'm sick of this s**t. How the f*** are they going to put 'Roots' on, on Memorial Day?" he said on Monday in a video posted on (trigger warning) Instagram. "They going to just keep beating that s*** into our heads about how they did us, huh?"

The History Channel's eight-hour "Roots" remake debuted on Monday. The original series based on Alex Haley's book "Roots: The Saga Of An American Family" aired on ABC in 1977 and set ratings records. Its star-studded cast includes Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, Anika Noni Rose and Anna Paquin.

"I don't understand America. They just want to just 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," said Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr.  

Broadus also called out the Oscar-winning film "12 Years a Slave" and WGN's "Underground." 

"When are you all going to make a m*****f***ing series about the success that black folks is having. The only success we have is 'Roots' and '12 Years a Slave' and s**t like that, huh? F**k you. I ain't watching that shit. And I advise you m*****f***ers as real n*****s like myself f**k them television shows. Let's create our own s**t based on today. How we live and how we inspire people today. Black is what's real. F**k that old s**t."

"Roots" co-executive producer LeVar Burton told USA Today that slavery is a relevant topic of national discussion and "everybody needs to be involved."

"If you are living in America right now, then the story of slavery is relevant to you, because it's shaped the country and the culture in which you live, whether you want to admit that or not," Burton said.

Rapper T.I., who plays Cyrus, a slave fighting for freedom in the Union Army, told Rolling Stone that the miniseries is historically significant.

"The quest for truth should be a lifelong journey," T.I. said. "From the time you're born to the time you die, you're supposed to be seeking knowledge and truth. This is a piece of it. This is a huge, huge chapter, so I think it's incredibly important."

Twitter users shared mixed reactions to the Broadus video.


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