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.


Sandra, orangutan granted ‘personhood’, turns 34

Updated 16 February 2020

Sandra, orangutan granted ‘personhood’, turns 34

  • Prior to coming to Florida, Sandra had lived alone in a Buenos Aires zoo
  • Judge Elena Liberatori’s landmark ruling in 2015 declared that Sandra is legally not an animal, but a non-human person

WAUCHULA, Florida: A orangutan named Sandra, who was granted legal personhood by a judge in Argentina and later found a new home in Florida, celebrated her 34th birthday on Valentine’s Day with a special new primate friend.
Patti Ragan, director of the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida, says Sandra “has adjusted beautifully to her life at the sanctuary” and has befriended Jethro, a 31-year-old male orangutan.
Prior to coming to Florida, Sandra had lived alone in a Buenos Aires zoo. Sandra was a bit shy when she arrived at the Florida center, which is home to 22 orangutans.
“Sandra appeared most interested in Jethro, and our caregivers felt he was a perfect choice because of his close age, calm demeanor, and gentle nature,” Ragan said in a news release. “Sandra still observes and follows Jethro from a distance while they are in the process of getting to know and trust each other. But they are living harmoniously in the same habitat spaces as they continue to gain confidence in their relationship.”
Judge Elena Liberatori’s landmark ruling in 2015 declared that Sandra is legally not an animal, but a non-human person, and thus entitled to some legal rights enjoyed by people, and better living conditions.
“With that ruling I wanted to tell society something new, that animals are sentient beings and that the first right they have is our obligation to respect them,” she told The Associated Press.
But without a clear alternative, Sandra remained at the antiquated zoo, which closed in 2016, until leaving for the US in late September. She was in quarantine for a month at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Kansas before arriving in Florida.
On Friday, Sandra celebrated her birthday, complete with pink signs and wrapped packages. Jethro, who was once in the entertainment business, attended the party.