Snoop Tells The Oscars Where They Can Go & Says Let’s Have Some “Hood Awards” (Video)
It was all good just a week ago…Last week, it seemed there was cause for celebration regarding the recognition of the contributions of African-Americans in the arts by the key organizations doling out the most respected accolades. Run-D.M.C. were announced as the first Rap act to receive a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award, and Kendrick Lamar was sailing into the year with Grammy 11 nominations. Further, in November, Spike Lee was awarded an honorary Oscar to celebrate his decades of groundbreaking film work. Additionally, when the 2016 Academy Award nominations were announced, Straight Outta Compton was listed in the running for Best Original Screenplay. However, it was ironic that a film produced by, directed by and starring predominantly African-Americans was nominated for an aspect of the project that was created by 3 white men. Similarly, for the movie Creed, which was written and directed by Ryan Coogler and starred Michael B. Jordan, both Black, the only nomination that was given was to Sylvester Stallone, for Best Supporting Actor. Further, for the second year in a row, the list of nominations did not include a single African-American actor or actress.
Today, on the day celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., both Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith announced they would not be attending this year’s Academy Awards, in protest of what they believe to be the disrespectful disregard of the contributions of people of color in Hollywood. Snoop Dogg was watching the news unfold and spoke out in solidarity of Pinkett-Smith. He also went one step further and analogized the Academy Awards to the Grammy Awards. Noting that he had been nominated for 16 Grammy Awards and not won a single one, Snoop said “Fuck the Grammys. Fuck the Oscars. Fuck all that old slavery bullshit ass award show. Fuck ’em.” He also talked about what he sees as the appropriation of Black culture, “they steal all our culture, steal all our slang, steal all of our everything, and then they make it cool and then we can’t get no acknowledgement for what we do, as far as being originators and creators to this entertainment world.” Snoop also went on to say that Blacks should establish their own “Hood Awards.”
Ironically, the most prominent African-American presence at this year’s Academy Awards will be Chris Rock. Given the comedian’s acerbic wit and pension for weaving political commentary into his comedy, the Academy could be in for quite a ride during the live broadcast.