Snoop Dogg is not clowning around anymore.
The rapper's music video for his and Kaytranada's "Lavender (Nightfall Remix)" song is about the racial divide within the United States. He sits down with Billboard to explain his inspiration for the single.
"It's a lot of clown sh-t 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 the police, the president, and just life in general," the man says.
Viewers can see Snoop Dogg shoot a presidentialesque clown. The rapper has received substantial backlash because the clown looks like Donald Trump, and critics see the killing as disrespectful and dangerous.
Senator Marco Rubio shares his thoughts on Snoop Dogg's role.
"Snoop shouldn't have done that. We've had presidents assassinated before in this country, so anything like that is something people should really be careful about. If the wrong person sees that and gets the wrong idea, you could have a real problem," the Floridian states.
Presidents, like Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, are dead because of assassinations. The senator argues a valid point. However, if a cold-blooded killer wants to harm President Trump, s/he doesn't need a Snoop Dogg cameo for reassurance.
The recording is supposed to educate civilians about the alarming issues within the United States. He wants individuals to realize the economic disparities, police brutalities, and racism people of color face daily in their country.
President Trump represents everything white supremacy stands for, so Snoop Dogg may shoot his impersonator, but he's really shooting white supremacy.
The directors for the music video, Jesse Wellens and James DeFina, give people insight into their own opinion as directors.
They state, "People are so triggered. This is a short about clowns. It's a whole other universe. Here is a hint: context. Tell me what you think the message is?"