The same day Slate released its Black Film Canon, Snoop Dogg coincidentally weighed in via Instagram with his own thoughts on films by and about black Americans. It turns out he’s not a fan of at least one film on Slate’s list, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. In fact, Snoop questioned the entire idea of making films about slavery:
12 Years a Slave, Roots, Underground, I can’t watch none of that shit. I’m sick of this shit—how the fuck they gonna put Roots on on Memorial Day? They’re gonna just keep beating that shit in our heads on how they did us, huh? I mean, I don’t understand America, they just want to just keep showing the abuse that we took hundreds and hundreds of years ago, but guess what? We’re taking the same abuse. Think about that part.
Instead, the rapper and sometime actor would prefer more positive depictions of modern-day black Americans.
When are y’all gonna make a motherfucking series about the success that black folks are having? The only success we have is Roots and 12 Years a Slave and shit like that, huh? Fuck y’all, I ain’t watching that shit. … Let’s create our own shit based on today. How we’re living and how we inspire people today. Black is what’s real. Fuck that old shit.
Watch Snoop Dogg’s comments in full below: