CULTURE

Snoop Dogg Needs to Delete These Posts About Gayle King and Bill Cosby

If he wants to redirect the conversation toward Harvey Weinstein, there are better ways to do it

Note: Since the time of writing, Snoop Dogg's original video that appeared to threaten Gayle King has been removed from his Instagram feed. The other posts mentioned remain intact.

Gayle King has received a lot of backlash following her interview with Lisa Leslie—the former WNBA Center and Kobe Bryant's close friend.

King has been attacked for a clip taken from the interview in which she asked Leslie to address the 2003 rape allegations against Bryant. While King has defended herself by saying that the clip was taken out of context to make the wide-ranging interview seem far more provocative than it actually was, there are many who find that defense inadequate. Even if you embrace the idea that the events in question have to be acknowledged as part of Bryant's legacy, there is something distasteful about the idea of forcing his close friend to confront the issue so soon after Bryant's tragic death. It's hardly surprising that the clip got so much pushback, but one person, in particular, has taken things way too far.

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Snoop Dogg posted a video to his Instagram account last week with the fairly innocuous text "P.S.A. Let the Family Mourn in Peace." He included the heart and prayer hand emojis before continuing, "#gayleking outta pocket FDHBiiiych." In the video itself, Snoop claims that King is "way outta pocket," which is fair enough. Snoop has made it clear that he has a strong sense of connection to Kobe Bryant, and Gayle King's approach to the interview with Leslie clearly set him off. Where he started to go a little too far was when he clarified what "FDHBiiiych" meant in the text of the post. Apparently, Snoop has coined a new phrase in declaring King a "funky dog-head b*tch."

King's looks obviously have nothing to do with the issue Snoop has with her. Getting emotional and lashing out with personal attacks like that just makes him look petty and misogynistic, but if that were the only problem with the video, it wouldn't really be worth writing about. Unfortunately, things only get worse from there. The venom in his voice builds as he accuses King of trying to torch Bryant's reputation and target him instead of Harvey Weinstein, then he calls her a "punk mother*cker," and concludes with this threat: "respect the family and back off, b*tch before we come get you."

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There might not be any real intention of harm behind Snoop's words, but that's not the issue. At the time of writing, the video had about 2.6 million views, and nearly half a million people have indicated that they like it. Any one of those people might take Snoop's words as a sincere call to violence. King has reportedly received numerous death threats since the interview. Is Snoop really on board with that? Evidently not, as he posted a dubious clarification over the weekend, claiming that he "didn't threaten her," that he's "a nonviolent person," and that he "didn't want no harm to come to her," but the original video remains online, and has nearly twice as many views and likes as the follow up. If he genuinely wishes Gayle King no harm, he would have made it clear by deleting the original video, but that post remained up until Monday afternoon.

Snoop also made several other posts before issuing his clarification. And those posts only doubled down on his attack and got into even more disturbing territory. In one such post, invoking Gayle King's close friendship with Oprah Winfrey, Snoop posted a picture of Oprah smiling with Harvey Weinstein, building a case that Oprah and Gayle only criticize black men. The accompanying text attacks Oprah for her coverage of accusations against Michael Jackson by "lying ass kids," and refers to Weinstein as a "known rapist," though the image predates the public revelation of Weinstein's (alleged) pattern of horrifying sexual violence. Oprah has been such a prominent part of American media for so long that it's easy to find images of her smiling with almost any iconic celebrity—including Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant, and Bill Cosby… Cosby, in particular, is worth mentioning because of the way Snoop chose to close his post: "F*ck u and Gayle. Free Bill Cosby."

There is room for a conversation about a solitary rape allegation that was settled out of court. While the failure of the justice system to convict perpetrators of sexual violence is well-documented, adherents of the "innocent until proven guilty" mantra can make a case against dredging up one seemingly anomalous incident—even if Bryant's own apology acknowledged wrongdoing. But Bill Cosby is another case entirely.

60 women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault, and almost all of the incidents they described included the common element of Cosby using drugs and alcohol to facilitate his crimes. In 2018 he was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Bill Cosby should not be free.

It's understandable that people don't want to throw out the legacy of one of the first black men to gain mainstream acceptance in America—and Cosby's work as a comedian and an actor was hugely important to generations of Americans of all races. He was America's Dad. But all the while, he was abusing and victimizing women. His continued denial of guilt does not hold up under the weight of the consistent pattern that the accusations against him illustrate.

Bill Cosby was found guilty because he's guilty. Those who continue to defend him are implicitly attacking his victims and the credibility of victims of sexual assault generally. Bill Cosby and his advocates continue to erase the voices of his accusers—many of whom are black women—with claims that his prosecution was motivated by racism. Snoop fed into that narrative, and Bill Cosby was all too eager to jump on a new opportunity to defend himself in a tweet to Snoop, claiming that "successful Black Women are being used to tarnish the image and legacy of successful Black Men." Cosby followed up with a series of hashtags including #ThankYouSnoopDogg, and Snoop made another Instagram post in response, saying, "Love u uncle bill."

That is so far from acceptable. This is not "uncle Bill." This is not Cliff Huxtable. This is not even the man who told clean jokes about going to the dentist and criticized the vulgarity and "anti-woman messages" in music like Snoop's. Bill Cosby wore his public respectability as a shield against scrutiny and suspicion while operating as a zealous sexual predator for decades. You can not fight racism by erasing the voices and experiences of black women.

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More than 800,000 people have liked Snoop's "uncle bill" post, proving that there is still a big audience for denying Bill Cosby's guilt. All the more reason why Snoop needs to delete these posts. Whether he intended to threaten Gayle King when he insisted that she "back off… before we come get you," by defending Bill Cosby, he is implicitly endorsing violence against women and discrediting whatever point he wanted to make about King's interview with Lisa Leslie.

In his retraction video, Snoop closed with the claim that "We speak from the heart. Some of you who have no heart don't understand that." If he really wants to prove he has a heart, he can't only support black men—he needs to support and listen to black women, and he needs to delete these posts.

Wow.  Just WOW!

As previously reported by Popdust, Farrah Abraham has been in the UK taking part in Celebrity Big Brother, flying the flag for the US team.  She's been a, shall we say, controversial housemate.  When we say controversial, we mean fucking obnoxious, argumentative and a total and utter bitch.

Well she got hers on Friday night and was evicted from the house. Her grand exit was greeted by boos, and she then appeared on the spin off show Celebrity Big Brother's Bit On The Side (CBBBOTS) where she came up against outspoken Nicola McLean.  They ended up having a verbal slanging match, which had to be refereed by host Rylan Clark (the utterly fantastic, hilariously talented presenter).

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Fast forward to last night, and the latest evictees from the show were Farrah's BFF, Jenna Jameson (#Jarrah (ugh)), and Janice Dickinson, who the UK can't decide whether she is plain bat shit crazy or the most skilled reality show player ever.

CBBBOTS always have panel and audience discussion and on the panel to discuss the latest events were one Farrah Abraham, an actress and ex CBB contestant Vicki Michelle and former regular Big Brother housemate Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace, who just coincidentally happens to be best mates with Nicola McLean and so went into the show with an agenda.  Are you keeping up?

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You knew it was all going to kick off from the beginning, when Rylan asked Aisleyne whether she'll miss Farrah being in the house.  The blonde bombshell didn't mince her words, saying; "She was just horrible.  She never took accountability for anything she did. She's a silly little girl, it's just pathetic. She's just nasty."

She continued, "It's one thing standing up for yourself and being a strong woman and it's one thing being a nasty horrible bitch.  You've got your cheque, you've had your cheque now get on the plane and fuck off."

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Take that Teen Mom!  Farrah was, for once, on the verbal back foot and was left trying to get a word in edgewise, but Horgan-Wallace was on a roll;  "Get on the plane and fuck off, no-one likes you.  We don't want you here.  Go on!"

True to form, Farrah responded in a totally deluded fashion, claiming; "I am a responsible young, wonderful woman."

Yeah ok Farrah.

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Cut back to Rylan looking a little shell shocked to introduce and interview the latest two housemates to be evicted, Jenna and Janice.  After a little chat they joined the panel which is where the whole show fell completely to pieces.

Rylan asked Farrah about Austin Armacost, (who is still in the house) and his anger issues (he had previously ranted at Janice, calling her a "fucking cunt" and "a disgrace of a mother").  Farrah commended him for his subsequent apology and for recognizing that he is working through some issues.

Aisleyne could be heard in the background saying "shame you didn't".  Farrah tried to dismiss her by saying "hag be quiet, hag be quiet" and the next thing we saw was Aisleyne shouting "sorry?" and reaching for her glass of champagne with Rylan desparately trying to calm them down.

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The slightly delayed live feed then cut to the CBB logo before a clearly shocked Rylan appeared saying; "Hi guys, unfortunately we did have to pop that [logo] up there due to a matter that happened.  Unfortunately we have lost our panel for the evening because we are going to carry on."  He then interviewed a few audience members before the show ended 12 minutes early.

Details of the fracas have subsequently emerged; audience members claim that Aisleyne threw her glass at Farrah, Janice threw a chair and Vicki Michelle was rushed to hospital after being glassed....(Dickinson's rep later claimed that the former supermodel stopped Michelle being hurt more by throwing herself in front of her!)

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A source told The Sun;

"It was absolute chaos.  Glasses and then a chair went flying and Vicki ended up injured in the process.  Everyone was screaming and sobbing, and it was very shocking. Vicki, who hadn't caused anything herself, was caught in the crossfire and ended up being glassed."

Vicki Michelle commented that the fight "bloody hurt" and Horgan-Wallace tweeted;  "...There seems to be a lot of misconstrued stories I will set the record straight I'm tired now."

Police have this morning confirmed that they are "making inquiries to establish the exact circumstances " of last night's event.

Phew!  We're exhausted!

Glass victim Vicki Michelle and host Rylan Clark

Last month Janice Dickinson revealed that she too had been a victim of  Bill Cosby, claiming her sexual assault occurred in 1982, when she was 19.

On CNN last night, the former super model detailed her terrifying (alleged) ordeal that she endured in a Lake Tahoe, Ca. hotel room.

"I would like Cosby to come out and at least acknowledge that he is a pig, that he is a monster, and he raped me,” she wept.

According to Dickinson, she had dinner with Cosby and his musical director, Stu Gardner. After Gardner left the room, Dickinson complained of menstrual cramps. Cosby swiftly produced a pill and said, "Oh, I've got something for that."

As she began to blackout Dickinson told CNN she started snapping pics of the famed comedian with her Polaroid camera.

"The last thing I remember I had blacked out and Cosby mounting me like the monster that he was," Dickinson told CNN. "I remember more specifically waking up and that he—there was a lot of pain...downstairs. There was semen all over me and my pajama bottoms were off."

When asked why she hadn’t come forward sooner, Dickinson replied, "I stuffed it. I compartmentalized it because I was embarrassed."

Cosby continues to deny all the allegations made against him.

Add Janice Dickinson to the list of Bill Cosby rape victims!

The world’s first supermodel told Entertainment Tonight the fallen icon drugged her wine and raped her after promising to help her with her career in the 1980's.

She was battling addiction in rehab when Cosby reached out to her flew her to his home in Lake Tahoe. Once there, he gave her a glass of wine and what she thought was a pain pill because she told him she had cramps.

"The next morning I woke up, and I wasn't wearing my pajamas, and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man," she tells ET. "... Before I woke up in the morning, the last thing I remember was Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me. And I remember a lot of pain. The next morning I remember waking up with my pajamas off and there was semen in between my legs."

Though she never confronted Cosby, she detailed the assault in her 2002 autobiography, but Cosby’s attorney’s persuaded her to drop the chapter from the book before it was published.

"I'm doing this because it's the right thing to do, and it happened to me, and this is the true story," she says about coming out with her story now. "I believe all the other women."

Dickinson says that keeping the alleged sexual assault a secret for 32 years drove her to turn the pain inward and self-destruct.

"Stuffing feelings of rape and my unresolved issued with this incident has drove me into a life of trying to hurt myself because I didn't have counsel and I was afraid," she says. "I was afraid of the consequences. I was afraid of being labeled a whore or a slut and trying to sleep my way to the top of a career that never took place."

On Tuesday another woman exposed the alleged rapist:

"When I was 19 years old I lived in Los Angeles and worked at a restaurant called Café Figaro, which was part owned by Bill Cosby. He used to come in from time to time and one day he offered me a ride home … I accepted.

"Instead, he drove out to the beach and opened a briefcase filled with assorted drugs and kept offering me pills 'to relax,' which I declined. He began to get sexually aggressive and wouldn't take 'No' for an answer. I freaked out and demanded to be taken home."

The actor's attorney continues to state the reports are categorically untrue.

 

Sometime between Clubber Lang and Ivan Drago, Sylvester Stallone went ahead and bought then girlfriend Janice Dickinson a fair pair, but 30 years later, her girls are looking a little worse for the wear.

 

So the original super model has, as per usual, taken to reality TV in a bid to cure what ails her.

On the riveting train wreck that is the new E! show Botched, Janice gets an upgrade. And as much as you want to, you just can’t look away.