This year, the BET Hip-Hop Awards were hosted by the rapper who is now affectionally known as “Uncle Snoop.” The show has been criticized for allowing it’s white ownership to promote content that is harmful and negative toward African Americans.
One thing that some people may have forgotten is that Snoop Dogg (aka Calvin Broadus) built his entire career off the degradation of black women. In fact, Snoop even appeared at the 2003 MTV Video music awards with two women on a leash.
Snoop was also a pimp at one point, selling women to NBA players and entertainers. Yes, this is the man that BET chose to host their awards show this year, which kinda says to black women, “We have about as much respect for you as a bug on the wall, or maybe a dog on a leash.”
Snoop said this to Rolling Stone about his pimping days: “I did a Playboy tour, and I had a bus follow me with ten b***hes on it. I could fire a b***h, fuck a b***h, get a new ho: It was my program. City to city, t**ty to t**ty, hotel room to hotel room, athlete to athlete, entertainer to entertainer.”
He continued, “If I’m in a city where the Denver Broncos or the Nuggets play, I get a couple of they players to come hang out, pick and choose, and whichever one you like comes with a number. A lot of athletes bought p***y from me.”
So, with BET and their owners Viacom, choosing Snoop to host the awards show, we have a few questions. Does this reflect how BET feels about African American women? If a white man had appeared in public with a black man with a noose around his neck saying that he’s sold black people in the past, would we be OK with a network choosing this man to host an awards show?
BET seems to have an issue with black people and black women, but they are owned by white people, so this might make sense.
Does the silence of black women’s organizations mean that they are OK with any of this? Where are the national voices to speak out against this kind of thing? It could be the case that black women are so accustomed to being disrespected that they feel powerless to speak out.
Tell us what you think. Are we crazy or should someone bring up this little issue to the public?