Will Packer, Roland Martin & Levar Burton Respond to Snoop Dogg’s Anti-‘Roots’ Rant
Snoop Dogg’s recent video in which he blasted the Roots remake has generated a multitude of reactions on social media. While some were supportive of Snoop’s critique, others disagreed with his diatribe.
Roots executive producer Will Packer was the first to respond to the veteran hip-hopper. The Hollywood mogul believes the slave narrative is an important story that needs to be told in repeated ways.
“They’re uncomfortable revisiting the reality of that time,” he told the Tallahassee Democrat. “I understand it. But at the same time, I vehemently disagree."
Packer also pointed out the irony in Snoop calling himself the N-word during his heated remarks about the mini-series.
“I just think the irony of having him saying and using the N-word, saying, ‘A real N-word like me wouldn’t watch this.’ I couldn’t help but think there’s a ghost of some horrendous slave owner that is smiling and smirking as he watches this black man say that and call himself that," he said. "I think that slave owner probably said, ‘Preach. I agree.’”
Meanwhile, journalist-televison pundit Roland Martin went on his Twitter account slamming Snoop for his critique of Roots. "So @SnoopDogg is demanding films showing successful Blacks, yet in 75 Hollywood credits, the closest he's done is Soul Plane. Really?" Martin wrote in a series of tweets. "If @SnoopDogg wants to show movies with successful Blacks, then when will he actually play one? Produce one? Finance one? Direct one?"
Meanwhile, Lavar Burton, who actually played Kunta Kinte in the original 1977 Roots film, wanted to share his thoughts and feelings about the Roots reboot with Snoop over a beer. That's probably not going to happen.
Snoop didn't directly respond to any of the comments aimed at him but he did leave a cryptic meme that might sum up how he feels about the backlash.
In the end, Snoop Dogg's criticisms didn't stop viewers from watching Roots on Memorial Day. The miniseries reached 5.3 million viewers (8.5 million when re-airing numbers were tallied), making it the biggest miniseries audience in more than three years.