Snoop Dogg responds to claims that Don Imus' comment was no worse than what is broadcast on the radio by Rap Music Artists:
It's a completely different scenario. [Rappers] are not talking about no collegiate basketball girls who have made it to the next level in education and sports. We're talking about hos that's in the 'hood that ain't doing shit, that's trying to get a nigga for his money. These are two separate things. First of all, we ain't no old-ass white men that sit up on MSNBC going hard on black girls. We are rappers that have these songs coming from our minds and our souls that are relevant to what we feel. I will not let them muthafuckas say we in the same league as him.
This is the most insidiously evil argument I have heard.
Snoop is claiming:
1) They only accuse women of being whores if they deserve to be called whores.
2) Rap Music is an art, and the "art" of Radio Personalities shouldn't be given the same latitude as his art because his art is better.
3) White people are not allowed to use the same language as black people.
1) Imus' original point was that the Rutgers team was wearing tattoos and dressing like thugs compared to the Tennessee team, so in his judgment the team "deserved" to be called whores. Who gets to be the almighty judge as to whether someone deserves to be called anything? Al Sharpton?
2) Any claim that one form of "art" is better than another is obviously without merit. One artist does not deserve any more freedom in his art than another, PEROID.
3) I'm repeating myself, but there's no way you can tell me it's fair that one person can say certain words and have no repercussions and another person will have serious consequences based SOLELY on the color of his skin.
Update: Where do I go to sue Snoop for calling me a "muthafucka?" I've suffered severe mental unpleasantness because of this degrading and disgraceful insult.