Evangelist Franklin Graham, who opposes gun control, is upset over Snoop Dogg's new video for "Lavender" that includes a fake shooting of a clown, "Ronald Klump," who is dressed like President Donald Trump.
In a Facebook posting on March 15, Graham took the rapper to task for the imaginary shooting:
How low can we go? We’ve had so many problems in this country between law enforcement and minority communities, we should be looking for ways to unite and bring people together.
Snoop Dogg recently released a video with vulgar lyrics that not only portrays a police officer pulling someone over and shooting them, but also includes Snoop Dogg shooting a clown made to represent President Donald J. Trump.
The kind of violence that some in our entertainment industry are manufacturing for consumption by the youth of America is dangerous. Rather than promoting positive messages, they're promoting hate, violence, and unrest -- What do you think?
Snoop spoke to Billboard on March 12 about the controversial video:
When I be putting s*** out, I don’t ever expect or look for a reaction. I just put it out because I feel like it’s something that’s missing. Any time I drop something, I’m trying to fill in a void.
I feel like it’s a lot of people making cool records, having fun, partying, but nobody’s dealing with the real issue with this f****ing clown as president, and the s*** that we dealing with out here, so I wanted to take time out to push pause on a party record and make one of these records for the time being.
In October 2015, Graham attacked President Barack Obama on Fox News for trying to enact gun safety laws, noted Christian Today:
I wish the president, instead of trying to say we need to take away the guns... Well, you can take away all the guns in the world, and stack them up in Central Park in New York and have a mountain of them -- and not one gun is going to jump out of that stack and shoot you or hurt anybody. It takes a human being to pick up that gun.
In June 2016, Graham blasted Democratic lawmakers, who staged a peaceful sit-in to call for gun safety laws, and insisted on Facebook they needed to turn to God:
Democratic leaders in the House had a sit-in last night! Do they think this is the 1960's? The President, along with many Democratic leaders, believe the problem in the world is with guns. The Bible says, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9). That is so true. It takes a human being to pick up a gun and pull the trigger.
More people are killed with knives annually in the United States than with rifles. More people are killed by drunk drivers annually in America than with all the guns. But you don't see them having a sit-in to ban alcohol! The hypocrisy of our leadership never ceases to amaze me.
Our government has become so dysfunctional. The only hope for America is God. Pray with me that the hearts of our leaders will be turned toward God today.