On Tuesday, Rapper Snoop Dogg posted a disturbing photo on his Instagram page, meant to promote his latest album and newest single, “Make America Crip Again.” The image appears to depict President Donald J. Trump’s dead body, identified by a toe tag. The body is on display, draped in a flag, as Snoop Dogg stands over it with no discernible concern in his expression.
Wednesday the rapper deleted the photo from his Instagram page, but screenshots are already circulating on social media, and many viewers are outraged.
In the single, released before the album, Snoop Dogg, comments about President Trump and his Twitter habits, as well as racial injustice.
“The president said he wants to make America great again. F–k that s–t, we gon’ make America Crip again,” Snoop Dogg raps. “As I look around, I see so many millionaires with skin like mine, don’t pretend that I’m with that bulls— your president been tweeting.”
According to Snoop Dogg, the album is “just good music,” rather than a “statement or a political act.”
“It’s not a statement or a political act, it’s just good music. Certain people feel like we should make America ‘great again,’ but that time they’re referring to always takes me back to separation and segregation so I’d rather Make America Crip Again,” the rapper said in a statement.
He also explained why he is supporting a return to the goals of the Crips.
“In my lifetime, that’s when young black men in impoverished areas organized to help their communities and to take care of their own because society basically left them for dead. A lot of people glorify the gang-banging and violence but forget that in the beginning, the Crip’s main and sole purpose was to be the reflection of the Black Panthers. They looked after kids, provided after-school activities, fed them and stepped in as role models and father figures.
“I’m taking it back to the era of being for ourselves and for everyone else,” the rapper added. “I’m for the evolution of people coming together and being one as opposed to being separate. Music is the best way to heal.”
This isn’t the first time the rapper depicted the president in his visual material. Earlier this year, he released a music video for the song, “Lavender,” in which Snoop Dogg himself aimed a toy gun at a clown that looked like President Trump and pulled the trigger.
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) November 2, 2017
— Variety (@Variety) November 2, 2017
Posting frog memes is hate speech.
Releasing an album cover posing in front of the dead President is fine.https://t.co/28cW3VwB4g
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) November 2, 2017
Sickening, disgusting, and pure vile. Lock him up!https://t.co/bKXBlmmf71
— Funkytown (@hotfunkytown) November 2, 2017
— SL (@SLandinSoCal) November 1, 2017
Snoop Dogg is seen standing over Trump’s corpse in the new cover of his EP. He also made a music video in March pretending to shoot Trump pic.twitter.com/kxUmqof2qW
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) November 1, 2017
— The Hill (@thehill) November 1, 2017