Without interjecting too much personal commentary in bringing you this story, Snoop Dogg made a music video for his song “Lavender.”
Around the 3:00 mark, Snoop is seen taking a fake gun to a parody of Trump in clown makeup.
Predictably, Trump took to Twitter to voice his outrage.
Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2017
I know, I know. There are hundreds of things that Trump could and should be focusing on. But I think we all know that’s not how he operates. He’s more interested in defending himself in what he sees as personal attacks than engaging in measured and reasonable international diplomacy. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter. But to Trump, this matters. So much so that his lawyer, Michael Cohen, has to issue a statement. Cohen told TMZ Live that the scene was “totally disgraceful.” Cohen goes on to say:
Snoop owes the president an apology. There’s absolutely nothing funny about an assassination attempt on a president, and 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 dress up as Trump and firing a weapon at him. I certainly would not have accepted it if it was President Obama. I certainly don’t accept it as President Trump, and in all fairness, it’s not funny, it’s not artistic.
So where was Cohen’s outrage when a rumored parody of Obama had his head blown off in Kingsman?
Ahh, right. False equivalency. Cohen did stress the value of dissent, though, adding, “If you have a protest, that’s fine. Make a point. But he has to learn that they have to respect the office of the presidency. … Just because you want to hide behind the guise of artistic capabilities or artistic freedom of speech, doesn’t make it right, and Snoop knows that, and he played very close to the line here.”
Sooner or later, Trump is going to have to muster the courage to realize the differences between parody/satire/alternative facts and irrefutable facts. He’s already gone after The Onion a few years ago when they published a letter with the byline Donald Trump titled “When You’re Feeling Low, Just Remember I’ll Be Dead In About 15 Or 20 Years.” Again, Cohen had to defend Trump by threatening legal action. “Let me begin,” Cohen wrote, “by stating the obvious … that the commentary was not written by Mr. Trump. Secondly, the article is an absolutely disgusting piece that lacks any place in journalism; even in your Onion. I am hereby demanding that you immediately remove this disgraceful piece from your website and issue an apology to Mr. Trump.” Nevertheless, The Onion persisted.
“We never apologized,” Cole Bolton, the site’s editor-in-chief told The New Yorker(which is a fantastic read, by the way.) “The article’s still up.”
“The Clinton one was an op-ed titled ‘I Am Fun,’ ” Bolton said. “All she wrote with the retweet was ‘Humorous,’ which was great.”
“None of the Republicans did anything like that,” he went on. “It would be kind of funny if Trump tweeted something about us now. But he’s the President of the United States, and we don’t want him to be wasting his time in some Twitter flame war with a satirical news organization.”
*Looks back at Trump’s tweet.*
God, we’re all gonna die.