Rapper Ice-T seems to have double standards when it comes to music videos depicting presidential assassinations. The “Law and Order: SVU” star believes it’s acceptable for President Donald Trump, but would not have been for former President Barack Obama.
The rapper-turned-actor gave his thoughts on Snoop Dogg’s new “Lavender” video. In it, there’s a scene where the LBC rapper is shown pointing a gun at the head of a clown-character that represents Trump. The Trump clown is named Ronald Klump.
Ice-T told TMZ that the two, Obama and Trump, are simply not the same types of guys. He believes that if the same type of video had been made about Obama, it would have been “terrible.”
“It was very hard to make an Obama joke because of his race and because Obama was such a smooth character,” he said. “I think Trump brings a lot of these jokes on to himself. He’s just such a character and he acts like a clown.”
The 59-year-old rap icon believes Trump is the subject of jokes and Saturday Night Live skits because “he gives these people so much material.”
The rapper admitted Snoop Dogg “pushed the line” even though “everybody knows” pointing a gun at the president is illegal. He agreed with rap star Treach that the video is “artistic” and that Snoop’s message is that “right now everybody’s a clown.”
He pointed out that the video is fine because “at the end he cleaned it up because Trump is smoking weed with him.”
But he was not sure what to think when he first saw the video.
“I was nervous,” he said. “I watched the video for the first time, I was like, I don’t know. You can’t point a gun at the president.”
He agreed with Treach that since the gun in the video only “said bang” and there was no blood, it was acceptable and artistic.
Apparently no level of artistic expression would have been acceptable if it the gun was pointed at a clown Obama.
Many on Twitter seemed to agree.