Ice-T says Snoop Dogg’s new music video showing him pretending to shoot a parody version of President Trump might have crossed the line.
“The part where you point the gun at the president — that’s against the law. You know, you gotta know that,” Ice-T told TMZ in a joint interview with rapper Treach. “You can’t kill the president. But I think he pushed the line.”
The controversial video for “Lavender,” named after the original BADBADNOTGOOD collaboration featuring Kaytranada, shows Snoop Dogg pointing a toy gun at a clown dressed as Mr. Trump and pulling the trigger, causing a “BANG” flag to shoot from the barrel.
“The gun said ‘BANG.’ I was nervous, though,” Ice-T said. “I watched the video for the first time and I’m like, ‘No you can’t point a gun at the president.’
“He’s messing with the line,” the rapper said. “We’ll see how this weighs out, but I roll with Snoop. I thought it was a good video.”
Treach defended the mock assassination as “artistic.”
“It was a confetti gun,” he said. “He didn’t come and have blood splattered all over the place. I think that’s illegal and threatening, but he’s showing a clown and it’s artistic.”
“It’s basically him saying everybody’s a clown, including Trump,” Ice-T added.
TMZ founder Harvey Levin asked the duo how they would react if a critic of former President Barack Obama had produced a similar video.
“I think it would be terrible,” Ice-T responded. “But Obama wasn’t the same kind of guy as Trump. It was very hard to make an Obama joke, one because of his race, because Obama was such a smooth character. Like, I think Trump brings a lot of these jokes onto himself. He’s such a character. And he acts like a clown.”
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