On Sunday, Rapper Snoop Dogg released a new music video featuring a bunch of people dressed as clowns, including one that is meant to represent President Donald Trump. In the video for “Lavender,” Snoop Dogg can be seen pointing a gun to the head of “Ronald Klump” and pulling the trigger.
The song is a remix of an original by the Candian band BADBADNOTGOOD. Snoop Dogg apparently got the idea for the video from YouTube star Jess Wellens while the two were smoking marijuana. The video, which includes a few satirical scenes mocking current events, was first shared on Wellens’ YouTube page.
“I just had been seeing this go on in the world politically, and I actually was a cop for six years in the military, so I can kind of see it from the cop’s point of view too,” Wellens said. “When I originally wrote the idea of the video, the video of [Philando Castile] getting shot came out online and it was causing riots. We just kind of wanted to bring the clowns out, because it’s clownery — it’s ridiculous what’s happening.”
“As America, it just doesn’t seem like we’re very respected right now,” he added.
Snoop Dogg said that he wanted to make a song “that was not controversial but real — real to the voice of the people who don’t have a voice.”
“The whole world is clownin’ around,” Snoop Dogg told Billboard, “and [Jesse’s] concept is so right on point with the art direction and the reality, because if you really look at some of these motherf–kers, they are clowns.”
Snoop Dogg shared the resentment he has for the new President of the United States with Billboard.
“The ban that this motherf—er tried to put up; him winning the presidency; police being able to kill motherf—ers and get away with it; people being in jail for weed for 20, 30 years,” Snoop said. “It’s a lot of clown s— going on that we could just sit and talk on the phone all day about, but it’s a few issues that we really wanted to lock into (for the video) like police, the president and just life in general.”
Check out Snoop Dogg’s controversial new video below: