While many were tuned into the highly touted NBA Western Conference Finals Game 7 last night, many others were watching the remake of Roots that premiered on the History Channel. The 8-hour, four-part miniseries stars Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, T.I., and Derek Luke. Hip Hop legend and WWE Hall of Famer Snoop Dogg definitely wasn’t tuned in, and won’t be watching the remake anytime soon. The rapper took to his Instagram account on Monday (May 30) and shared his disdain for slave movies.
“No disrespect, but I can’t watch no mo’ mothafuckin’ Black movies with niggas getting dogged out. 12 Years a Slave, Roots, Underground. I can’t watch none of that shit. I’m sick of this shit. How the fuck they going to put Roots on, on Memorial Day? They going to just to keep beating that shit into our heads about how they did us, huh?”
Prior to the premiere, T.I., who plays the role of Cyrus, shared how he initially declined the role but later changed his mind.
“I first said, ‘Hell naw! I’m not doing that! But after careful consideration of the character and actually reading the synopsis of the character’s arc, I kind of felt compelled to do it more. It wasn’t something I wanted to do. It was something I felt I had to do.”
The original mini series premiered on network television back in 1977 and was based on Alex Haley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family.
Watch the full clip below.