US president hits back at Snoop Dogg ‘assassination’ video

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Updated 17 March 2017

US president hits back at Snoop Dogg ‘assassination’ video

NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday attacked a music video in which rapper Snoop Dogg points a fake gun at a clown-like Trump figure.
“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!,” Trump wrote on his Twitter account.
Snoop Dogg’s satirical video for “Lavender” makes references to issues including immigration and the police killings of unarmed black men, and features characters dressed as clowns including one called Ronald Klump.
Towards the end, the rapper points a fake handgun at the head of the Trump-like character and the replica weapon releases a flag saying “Bang.”
In an interview earlier this week with celebrity website TMZ, Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, called the video “totally disgraceful” and said the musician owed Trump an apology.
“There is absolutely nothing funny about an assassination attempt on a president,” Cohen said. “I certainly would not have accepted it if it was President (Barack) Obama. I certainly don’t accept it as President Trump, and in all fairness, it’s not funny, it’s not artistic.”
The video has also drawn criticism from US Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.
California rapper Snoop Dogg, 45, told Billboard he saw Trump as a clown.
The video, released on Sunday, was intended to address police violence, the incarceration of black people and Trump’s bid to impose a temporary ban on people entering the United States from several Muslim-majority countries.
“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 .... clown as president,” the musician said.


Japan Airlines ditches ‘ladies and gentlemen’ for gender-neutral greetings

Updated 28 September 2020

Japan Airlines ditches ‘ladies and gentlemen’ for gender-neutral greetings

  • Japanese carrier will use the new forms of address from Oct. 1

Japan Airlines said on Monday it would swap “ladies and gentlemen” for gender-neutral greetings, following other global airlines in adopting more inclusive language for passengers.
Announcements at airports and on flights operated by the Japanese carrier will use the new forms of address from Oct. 1, the airline said. “Attention all passengers” and “Good morning everyone” will be among the terms adopted, local media reported.
Several airlines around the world have made a similar change in recognition of non-binary and transgender customers. Air Canada and European low-cost carrier EasyJet said last year they would drop “ladies and gentlemen.”
“We aspire to be a company where we can create a positive atmosphere and treat everyone, including our customers, with respect,” Japan Airlines spokesman Mark Morimoto told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an email.
“We have committed to not discriminate based on gender, age, nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or other personal attributes.”
The announcement comes as gender-equality advocates say corporate support for LGBT+ rights is growing in socially-conservative Japan, where same-sex marriage remains illegal and being openly gay seen as taboo.
In April, a Japanese charity that launched a scheme offering digital partnership certificates — allowing same-sex couples to tap into the same staff benefits as heterosexual couples — won the backing of businesses from banks to insurers.
About a third of Japanese companies have measures in place to support gay couples, according to campaign group Nijiiro Diversity.
But activists say discrimination persists, and even though about two dozen cities, towns and wards issue same-sex partnership certificates to gay couples, they lack legal standing.
In March, Japan Airlines announced it would allow female flight attendants to wear trousers and ditch their high heels at work, following a feminist campaign that took off.