Celebrities everywhere are continuing to weigh in on the recent controversy regarding a clip of CBS personality Gayle King asking WNBA star Lisa Leslie about her feelings on the sexual assault allegations leveled against the late Kobe Bryant. Although King claimed the clip had been taken out of context, many were highly critical of what they perceived as an “inappropriate” question. Snoop Dogg’s response was particularly intense, with the rapper calling King a “funky dog-head b****” in a heated Instagram post.
There has been backlash against the harsh treatment King has recently been building, with many celebrities now coming forward to defend King and to criticize the aggressive language used to condemn her. Actress Rose McGowan recently took to Twitter to post about the situation and to call out Snoop Dogg for his insensitive commentary. McGowan tweeted a picture of Kobe Bryant’s famous apology to his accuser as an example of proper conduct and asserted that Snoop Dogg should apologize for the way he chose to speak about King.
You want to know why Kobe Bryant is a hero? He apologized to a hurt young woman. Snoop & others it’s time to stop terrorizing @gayleking & @feliciasonmez Truth hurts. Death hurts. Grow the fuck up. Kobe stopped hurting women, so can you pic.twitter.com/EEkg6u1HNM
— Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) February 9, 2020
“You want to know why Kobe Bryant is a hero?”, McGowan’s tweet read, “he apologized to a hurt young woman. Snoop & others it’s time to stop terrorizing @gayleking & @feliciasonmez. Truth hurts. Death hurts. Grow the fuck up. Kobe stopped hurting women, so can you.”
McGowan is not the only celebrity critical of Snoop Dogg’s statement. Many others have weighed in to condemn his position and his use of harsh language. In a defense of King, journalist Yashir Ali called Snoop Dogg’s statement “threatening” and noted, “seeing very few people defending Gayle…I know that if she were a white anchor she would have much more support.”
This video of Snoop threatening @GayleKing is disgusting
Referring to Gayle he says: "Funky dog head bitch…respect the family and backoff. Before we come get you.”
Seeing very few people defending Gayle…I know that if she were a white anchor she would have much more support pic.twitter.com/nPopk7uuBb
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) February 7, 2020
On Twitter, supportive sentiments from journalists have been recently been circulating under the hashtag #IStandWithGayleKing. Many are particularly upset over the threats of violence directed at King, and have condemned such threats as a danger to the journalistic profession. Philadelphia-based CBS anchor Janelle Burrell commented on the matter by tweeting, “as journalists, we often have to ask tough and uncomfortable questions. It’s within your right to disagree. What’s not okay is to threaten anyone with vile, hate-filled language and death threats. #IStandWithGayle”.
As journalists, we often have to ask tough and uncomfortable questions. It’s within your right to disagree. What’s not okay is to threaten anyone with vile, hate-filled language and death threats. #IStandWithGayle @GayleKing
— Janelle Burrell (@BurrellTV) February 8, 2020
In response to some of the backlash against him, Snoop Dogg recently posted on Instagram defending himself and claiming that he had not intended for his words to come off as threatening. He stated, “I don’t want no harm to come to her, and I didn’t threaten her. All I did was say, ‘Check it out. You out of pocket for what you doing, and we watching you. Have a little bit more respect for Vanessa, her babies and Kobe Bryant’s legacy.'”