On October 27th, Snoop Dogg released a new EP entitled “Make America Crip Again,” once again feeding the narrative of the left that the music industry can do whatever it needs to to instill fear in the conservative half of America. Musicians displaying this much interest in politics can either be harmful to their base supporters or to strengthen support for them if they appeal to a particular group alone.
Snoop Dogg’s album cover displays him standing behind a corpse with a tag labeled ‘Trump’ and is said to be a parody of Ice Cube’s 1991 album cover for his album ‘Death Certificate.’ In an interview with Rolling Stone Snoop claims,
“It’s not a statement or a political act: it’s just good music. Certain people feel like we should make America ‘great again,’ but that time they’re referring to always takes me back to separation and segregation so I’d rather Make America Crip Again,” the rapper said in a statement. “In my lifetime, that’s when young black men in impoverished areas organized to help their communities and to take care of their own because society basically left them for dead. A lot of people glorify the gang-banging and violence but forget that in the beginning, the Crip’s main and sole purpose was to be the reflection of the Black Panthers. They looked after kids, provided after-school activities, fed them and stepped in as role models and father figures.”
Snoop Dogg embraces the Black Panthers in his statement to Rolling Stone and highlights the effectiveness of identity politics. The album cover was another threat to our President. Influential musicians, comedians, and pop culture icons are slamming Trump and trying to incite violence towards Trump supporters and people who do not support their agenda.
Snoop Dogg also released a music video in which he is depicted shooting a clown dressed up as Trump. Such examples of this show the imminent threat to the President’s life coming directly from the political left.
In the EDM scene, musicians like Zedd and The Chainsmokers have expressed their hate for President Trump— even before he was elected. Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers stated during his 2016 Ultra Music Festival performance,
“For those of you who have seen this know this, but if you haven’t seen us usually right now I give a thing called the Kanye speech, but I’m not gonna do that tonight. I think I’ve got the livestream on me right now and I’ve got everyone’s attention, so the only thing I’m gonna say, is do NOT support Donald Trump.”
Nobody paid $380 to come listen to some DJs talk about Donald Trump.
Zedd, a German immigrant on an O-1 non-immigrant visa, teamed up with other artists, including Macklemore, Imagine Dragons and Skrillex, to raise money for ACLU in order to promote the Dream Act or similar path to citizenship bill, as well as enable abortion rights. There are much better ways to express your personal politics while taking advantage of your platform without isolating half of your base.
When an artist promotes a political agenda that I disagree with, should I stop following their work? People in the public eye mistakenly believe themselves to be influential in the political arena when they are likely only able to further unite people who already agree with them.
Support artists you think are worthy of your support, maybe then artists will realize what it means to disparage half of their fan base.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.