‘Live Earth’ and Snoop Dogg: Does Tipper Know?

It appears that one of Al Gore’s environmental rally and global concert happenings, “Live Earth,” will not take place on the Capitol grounds this summer. Last week Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell objected to Majority Leader Harry Reid’s unanimous consent request for a waiver allowing the performance on July 7th. (Politico’s story is here.)

Reid’s resolution, cosponsored by Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-ME, has now been referred to the Senate Rules Committee, and Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-OK, vows to block any Capitol concert, saying, “There has never been a partisan political event at the Capitol, and this is a partisan political event.” A not unreasonable point of view.

So the performers will have to find another location for their strummin’, shoutin’ and sanctimony, rock ‘n roll shows being held on seven continents. And, while we believe in the motto, “Shut up and sing!” some of the acts are pretty good. Here’s a partial list:

Snoop Dogg, Pharrell, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Eyed Peas, Fall Out Boy, Akon, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, John Mayer, the Foo Fighters, AFI, Sheryl Crow, Keane, Lenny Kravitz, etc.

But wait a minute. Snoop Dogg? Surely the organizers must know what the rapper Snoop Dogg built his career on — gang violence, drug abuse, pimping and misogyny of the basest kind. It’s more than name-calling and cursing. He celebrates sexual degradation of women, brutalization — evil, really.

With the strongest possible caution about the language and imagery, we offer links to his lyrics to make the point.

The rapper claims to promote a more positive social message these days — a marketing ploy that means a couple of acting gigs and fewer paeans to murder and rape — yet still faces various felony charges for drugs and firearms violations. The U.K. won’t let him in the country.

Al Gore and the other organizers of the “Live Earth” concerts say they want to clean up the globe. How do you accomplish that by spreading filth, hate and violence? (Gore’s wife, Tipper Gore, once led a campaign against explicit lyrics. We wonder where she is now.)

Politics aside, any involvement of Snoop Dogg in “Live Earth” is reason enough to keep the show not just away from the Capitol, but just away. Far away.

P.S. And how can you have an anti-global warming concert and not invite Bad Religion to sing “Kyoto Now!”? (Video here.) Seems like they’re not very serious about the message.

Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • Raymone Bain says:

    Two thirds of the people on that list play music, if you can call it that, that really does S U C K. Apparently there’s plenty of truth that if one delivers an inferior product, and the market has no other choices, they will buy manure and say it smells good.

    Returning to the Po0p Dogg issue, big deal. If we enforced the same immigration / visitation policy in the United States of America, we’d be much the better for it. Clue: Ol’ Po0p Dogg can’t get into well over half the decent countries in the world because of his criminal record. So why is it newsworthy? The s*g should be in jail just because of his attacks on common decency.

    With representatives like this character, our own inferior education system and overall behavior, it’s no wonder the rest of the world holds us in contempt.

  • Will says:

    Thanks Carter. More than anything else I appreciate the tone. Serious, but a little light hearted as well. Check out “Fun with Global Warming” at http://www.longrunsolutions.com. I think you will enjoy!

  • M. Dillon says:

    Yes,Mr. Wood,you’re on point with this story of why Snoop shouldn’t play at this concert.

    Why,Mr. Dogg,is truly worse than that guy,who is from Texas,whose administration outed a CIA agent,turned it’s back on the U.S.Soldiers(see Pat Tillman,Walter Reed,lack of proper protection equipment,etc.),blah,blah,blah.

    In closing,I would like to thank you for taking the time to create this shining example of journalism. If they ever offer a Pulitzer Prize,for online blogging,they should give it to you.

  • Marcy says:

    Al Gore is a big Earth activist now days. Good thing he knows what he is doing. And to get people to be involved, give them music.