Rapper Bow Wow took to Twitter to defend his friend and sometime collaborator Snoop Dogg in his public feud with President Donald Trump, but he drew in first lady Melania Trump and in a way that was derogatory, offensive and sexist.
He told the president he should shut his punk (expletive) up about Dogg. He then if said the president didn’t stop attacking Dogg, “we” would take an action that suggests turning the first lady into a prostitute.
Melania Trump arrives in the State Dining room of the White House in Washington, where she hosted a luncheon on International Women’s Day on March 8. Pablo Martinez/Associated Press
His tweet crossed several important lines. First it implied a certain attitude among rich, powerful, arrogant and misogynist men. It is that women only exist to serve them and as their property — that these men are entitled to force women to do what they want, including forcing them to engage in prostitution.
In bringing up the prostitution idea, Bow Wow also intentionally, or not, made reference to false allegations that came up during Trump’s 2016 campaign. A blogger and the British tabloid Daily Mail alleged Melania had once worked as a escort. Both later retracted the allegations when facing legal action for libel.
Last month, the first lady generated headlines about the escort allegations when she filed a libel suit against against Mail Media, the owner of the Daily Mail. She said its article with the allegations had hurt her reputation and caused her brand to lose “significant value” as well as “major business opportunities” that were available to her as first lady. Her suit said the article had damaged her “unique, once in a lifetime opportunity” to “launch a broad-based commercial brand.”
In the end, her lawsuit probably did less to put an end to the escort rumors than it did to highlight growing public concerns that Trump and members of his family intended to use Trump’s presidency to enrich themselves.
Whatever motivated Melania to pursue legal action last month, and whatever you think of her husband’s policies, she certainly doesn’t deserve to have some rapper now making demeaning, sexist threats against her.
Many of the rapper’s Twitter followers agreed. Many told him to delete the tweet — or his account. Another said she’s not fan of Trump but “you went too far in disrespecting his wife.”
Bow Wow, also an actor and TV host whose birth name is Shad Gregory Moss, decided to get mixed in with the Trump/Dogg feud Wednesday afternoon.
Earlier Wednesday, Trump fired back at Dogg, via Twitter, following the release of a music video in which the rapper points a toy gun at a clown dressed like Trump and pulls the trigger.
Trump tweeted Wednesday morning: “Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!”
The video is for a remixed version of the song “Lavender,” by Canadian group BADBADNOTGOOD featuring Snoop Dogg. In it, Snoop Dogg shoots the Trump clown with a gun that releases a flag with the word “bang.”
Now Bow Wow has put himself in the middle of it. He first worked with Dogg at age 13 when he was known as Lil’ Bow Wow. His debut album “Beware of Dog” in 2000 featured the single “Bow Wow,” featuring Dogg.
Maybe he’s also opened himself to some kind of legal action by Melania. He better watch out. Her attorney in the libel action is Charles Harder, the Los Angeles-area lawyer who helped win wrestler Hulk Hogan, $140 million in an invasion of privacy lawsuit against the website Gawker.Read More...
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