Snoop Dogg Slams 'Roots' Remake And Calls For Boycott

Enraged by the portrayal of slavery in new History Channel series


Rapper Snoop Dogg is up in arms about a History Channel television show - Roots - which premiered last night.

The drama, which is a remake of ABC's 1997 series by the same name is derived from Alex Haley's 1976 novel and explores the deplorable details of slavery in America.


Snoop Dogg, posting an expletive filled rant on Instagram, railed against another show depicting American slavery being shown on prime time television.

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He asks in the video: 'When you all going to make a motherf****** series about the success that black folks is having?' The only success we have is 'Roots' and '12 Years a Slave?''

Contrary to the strong views of Mr Dogg, that we should cease to portray this particularly dark section of American history, there has also been a great deal of support for the four-part series.

The actor - LeVar Burton - who played the show's protagonist in the original series, is an executive producer for the new show.

Burton said to USA today that he thinks: 'If you are living in America right now, then the story of slavery is relevant to you, because it's shaped the country and the culture in which you live, whether you want to admit that or not.' 

Burton's successor is of particular interest to the UK audience, being a British-born actor who has previously been spotted in EastEnders, Silent Witness and Doctor Who.

He is also, very impressively, an Evening Standard Theatre Award nominee for his part in the play Mogadishu.

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