"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."
While many people were excited to see last night’s premiere of the updated Roots miniseries, there was one person who definitely didn’t tune in.
In a rant posted to Instagram, Snoop Dogg blasted Roots and 12 Years A Slave, saying, “They’re just gonna keep beating that s–t into our heads as to how they did us, huh?”
The rapper urged fans to boycott the miniseries and proposed that filmmakers focus on what’s going on today.
“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 you all going to make a (expletive) series about the success that black folks is having. The only success we have is Roots and 12 Years A Slave?”
Despite how Snoop feels about 12 Years A Slave and Roots, slavery is a major part of American history and something that should never be forgotten.
LeVar Burton, who played Kunte Kinte in the original Roots and acted as a co-executive producer on the remake, told USA TODAY, “We are clearly engaged in the conversation in America and it’s one where 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.”
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