Snoop Dogg Calling For A Boycott Of The New Roots

Hip-hop star Snoop Dogg has a bone to pick with The History Channel over its new "Roots" miniseries.

The 44-year-old rapper lampooned the network — and the entertainment industry in general — for continuing to churn out TV shows and movies that detail the atrocity of slavery.

"I'm sick of this s---. How the f--- are they going to put 'Roots' on, on Memorial Day?" he began in a profanity-laced Instagram video. "They going to just to keep beating that s--- into our heads about how they did us, huh?"

He then disapproved of other period dramas such as WGN's "Underground" and the Oscar-winning 2014 film "12 Years a Slave," lamenting the entertainment industry for continuing to show "the abuse that we took hundreds and hundreds of years ago."

"When you all going to make a motherf------ series about the success that black folks is having?" he asked. "The only success we have is 'Roots' and '12 Years a Slave?'"

The "Drop It Like It's Hot" rapper finished his plea by vowing not to watch the new "Roots" remake and implored his fans to boycott it with him.

"Let's create our own s--- based on today," he concluded. "How we live and how we inspire people today. Black is what's real."

The new "Roots" miniseries — a remake of the acclaimed 1977 series of the same name — is set to premiere Monday at 9 p.m. E.T.

The four-part miniseries, which spans eight hours, follows the story of a young enslaved man named Kunta Kinte (played by actor Malachi Kirby).

Actor LeVar Burton, who played Kunta in the original series, is an executive producer for the new show. He previously told USA Today that “Roots” does a strong job of getting the national conversation about slavery started.

"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," he told the newspaper.


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