Jada Pinkett’s TV show, “Red Table Talk”, recently made an announcement to inform viewers of an up-coming episode featuring rapper Snoop Dogg. Snoop will be appearing on the show to discuss his recent feud with Gayle King. The trouble between the two celebs began after King had questioned WNBA star, Lisa Leslie, about Kobe Bryant’s past accusations of sexual assault. Immediately after the airing, Snoop Dogg fired back at King in a viral video posted to his Instagram account. In the video, Snoop attacks King for “disrespecting” the Lakers legend and his family.
He then went on to deliver the following threat to King: “Check it out, you outta pocket for what you doing and we watching you. Have a little more respect for Vanessa, her babies and Kobe Bryant’s legacy.” Though Snoop later apologized for his statement and clarified that he was not attempting to threaten King, fans were unsure of what to think. One angry user commented: “Snoop Dogg is a f-ing clown”, while another chimed in to say that the whole event took place: “because he’s an ignorant celebrity who doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about, generally speaking.”
Things took an even stranger turn when disgraced comedian, Bill Cosby, got involved, tweeting this: “It’s so sad and disappointing that successful Black Women are being used to tarnish the image and legacy of successful Black Men even in death.” Adding fuel to the fire, Cosby also elected to share a message in support of other accused sex offenders, like Michael Jackson, tweeting: “Are these people that in need of fame, ratings and/or money? On behalf of myself, Camille and my family, thank you, thank you and thank you. My heartfelt prayers are with Kobe and his family, as well as with Michael Jackson and his family. May their legacies live on forever.”
Things continued to escalate when 50 Cent decided to contribute his thoughts on the matter, re-posting the video of Snoop Dogg’s rant, and adding the following commentary: “We expect more from you, Gayle. Don’t you hang out with Oprah? Why y’all attacking us? We yo people. You ain’t coming after f—ing Harvey Weinstein a– with them dumba– questions. I get sick of y’all. After unleashing an angry tirade against King, 50 finished his rant by saying this: “How dare you try to tarnish my motherf—ing homeboy’s reputation?”
In an attempt to unpack the fiery controversy, and lend a platform for Snoop Dogg to explain the events, Jada Pinkett Smith has invited the rapper to appear on her show, “Red Table Talk.” This particular episode will be revolving around the “culture of disrespect within the black community.” Though Snoop has publicly apologized to King, many are left wondering where to draw the line. While many agree that it is important to protect one’s reputation, when a person is accused or convicted of a crime as heinous as sexual assault, many feel less obliged to honor their legacy. What are your thoughts on this issue? Do you think its unfair to question Kobe’s past without definitive answers? Or are we creating a continued culture of victim shaming?