by G. Brown
2017 has thus far proven to be even crazier than 2016. The nonsense didn’t end with the presidential campaign, but seems to be building up more steam.
After Snoop’s controversial “Lavender” video where all the players are clowns including a Trump doppleganger who ends up on the business end of the rapper’s fake gun, Trump supporters came out of the woodwork screaming treason and that Snoop should be locked up. Even the president himself tweeted that the video was the fading rapper’s attempt to stay relevant.
Now add comedian, talk show host Steve Harvey to the list. Harvey basically implied that Snoop went too far and that the video could cause someone to actually kill Trump. Harvey laid it out this way, “Where we have to be smart about this, young brothers and the people who are the truth tellers is the way that they will bend it and twist it. Here’s the problem, …if something happens do you get brought in as the copycat version, the reason that spurred action? ‘Cuz there’s some idiot that’s sitting at his house that’s willing to carry this out. … And you don’t want to be tied to that.”
Harvey added that as an artist, Snoop has creative freedom and the right to perform his art any way he chooses, but in the next breath, Harvey takes away that “freedom” saying “The problem with all this is that there is an office in this country called the ‘president,’ and you have to respect the office. You really do. Whether you want to or not. You have to respect the office. They got laws … I would hate for anything to come down…and everybody that’s coming to Snoop’s defense, I understand…just be smart with what you say. See don’t compound the problem here”
Harvey’s advice isn’t just for Snoop, he also mentioned Bow Wow and T.I. who have also been very vocal on social media about their disapproval of the current president. Harvey cautions the younger brothers that retaliation could come in the form of pulling tax records and going after their money. Really?…because we can’t even get the president to share his own tax records, but Harvey thinks those who speak out against him might be targeted for their taxes?
Harvey reminded listeners in the radio interview that when former First Lady Michelle Obama was compared to an ape in heels by a city administrator, she and the mayor both lost their jobs behind the vicious posts.
But Harvey’s memory is a little off. True, both the Mayor of the town of Clay, West Virginia and Pamela Taylor resigned . But Taylor (who actually made the post) was reinstated to her position as director of a West Virginia nonprofit agency as soon as the heat was off and some of the media attention died down.
Harvey’s point is that Black people have to be careful or face consequences for their outspoken comments. But does that mean they have to mind their manners and not speak freely? Is this advice for all Americans…or just Black Americans who need to silence themselves?
Is Harvey offering some wisdom here…or is he just following in the footsteps of Ben Carson, Omarosa and a cadre of Trump ‘yes’ men and women who simply agree with everything the president says whether it’s fact or fiction.
How is this president any different than former presidents who also caught a lot of criticism? It’s doubtful that most in the Black community will listen to Harvey’s advice—no matter how sage or sincere he may be. A lot of people wrote Harvey off along with Kanye, Jim Brown and all those HBCU presidents who met with Trump as people who want to stay connected with the seat of power even if it means selling out.
On the one hand, Harvey is right…respect should be part of how people view the office of president, but it’s also understandable how many are having a hard time doing that right now. And its not just Americans who are losing respect for the Office of President, but gauging tweets and posts from officials and people in Mexico, Britain, Sweeden, China all seem to be falling in line right behind Snoop and losing some respect for what used to be considered the most respected office in the land. Are a few rappers to blame for how other countries are viewing the president….the fake news…or is Trump to blame for his own image problems and lack of respect?
What do you think….is Harvey offering a smart warning or is he just running scared?