(AllHipHop News) Rapper Snoop Dogg is urging fans to join him in boycotting the new "Roots" remake, insisting he is “sick” of all the slave dramas.
The revamped version of the historical miniseries, which is based on Alex Haley’s 1976 book, "Roots: The Saga of an American Family," is due to premiere on the History Channel on Monday night, as Americans mark Memorial Day, but the "Drop It Like It’s Hot" hitmaker will not be tuning in to watch.
In a profanity-laced video posted on Instagram.com, Snoop insists filmmakers and producers should look to create new material about the success of African-Americans, instead of reminding audiences about their troubled past.
“No disrespect but I can’t watch no motherf##king black movies where n###as get dogged out – '12 Years A Slave,' 'Roots,' 'Underground,' I can’t watch none of that s##t,” he declared.
“I’m sick of this s##t. How the f##k they gonna put 'Roots' on on Memorial Day? They just gonna keep beatin’ that s##t in our heads in how they did us, huh?” Snoop fumed. “I mean, I don’t understand it, man. They just wanna keep showing the abuse that we took hundreds and hundreds of years ago.”
The angry rapper continued, “But guess what? We’re taking the same abuse. Think about that part. When y’all gonna make a motherf##king series about the success that black folks was having? The only success we have is 'Roots' and '12 Years A Slave' and s**t like that, huh? F##k y’all.”
Snoop then called on followers to turn their backs on the new 'Roots' show.
“I ain’t watchin’ that s##t (sic),” he snarled. “I advise you motherf##king real n**gas 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.”
It’s not the first time the veteran hip-hop star has made his outspoken views known. Earlier this year, he demanded fans boycott the Oscars over its lack of black nominees.
The "Roots" revamp stars Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anna Paquin, Anika Noni Rose, newcomer Malachi Kirby, and rapper/actor T.I.
The original 1977 production earned nine Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award, and spawned two sequels. The finale is still the third highest-rated U.S. TV program in broadcasting history.
Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur, AllHipHop.com's co-founder, expressed a similar sentiment in a recent op-ed piece for MadameNoire, citing the absence of other sagas in people of color’s rich history.
Creekmur said, “If we are going to study history, direct your texts to Mansa Musa. African King Musa is widely regarded at the richest person to have ever lived on Earth. He also happened to be a Black man from Africa. During his reign, Europe was starving and waging war against each other, but King Musa was rolling thousands deep, giving gold to the poor to the point where Europeans had his face on their maps. If he lived today, Mansa Musa would be worth about $400 billion. When he died, his son took over. I’m thinking The History Channel could craft a 'Game of Thrones' - like series on the exploits of King Mansa Musa. Right?”