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Snoop Dogg has a few things to learn about parental love
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D. Barbara McWhite grew up in York County, S.C., and lives in Orange Park, Fla., with her husband and cat. Her column is published here each Tuesday. Opinions expressed are solely her own.

By now you’ve likely seen the story -- Snoop Lion, formerly Snoop Dogg, formerly Snoop Doggy Dogg, not only smoking marijuana himself but smoking it with this 18-year-old son, Corde, who posted an Instagram picture of himself lighting his father’s huge bong and in several tweets admits to his own use of marijuana.

When asked about the picture, Snoop Dogg said: “My kids can do whatever the hell they want. For me to say otherwise would be hypocritical. A lot of mf@*#ers don’t have a relationship with their kids, and that’s when they get on drugs and have suicidal thoughts and drive drunk. Me and my son is mellow. I’m his father, so I wanna show him the proper way because he looks up to me. What better way to get it than from the master?”

When I first saw this story, my immediate instinct was to ignore it, chalking it up to another super-rich, Hollywood parent trying to get a rise out of the public by being outrageous. Snoop Dogg’s arrest record and drug use are also well known and documented, and I have no wish to call further attention to his record.

But the parent in me refuses to let his statement go unchallenged…

Mr. Dog should be reminded that before he was Snoop or Snoopy Dogg or Doggy Lion, he was called by a different name -- Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. And that is the man I would like to appeal to.

I believe that somewhere between reputation and wealth, Mr. Broadus began to believe the hype -- that he is indeed some comical-but-cute, eternally high, forever young, rapper-thug.

At 42 years old, Calvin Broadus has had his wild days in the sun. He has made a lot of money feeding his rap lyrics to our children. And now, as the African American community fights against an onslaught of crime, drug use and drug-related violence, Mr. Broadus’ depiction of parenthood, suggesting that parents should introduce and instruct their children on safe or acceptable drug use, is ludicrous.

What is even worse is that some parents will actually buy into his philosophies without realizing that while Mr. Broadus shelters his children behind million-dollar walls and pays their way out of legal troubles and into respectable circles, for the average child, marijuana use is likely the gateway to more potent drugs and a future of continuous legal and financial problems he will be ill-equipped to handle.

Mr. Broadus is right; his children can do whatever the hell they want --his money will see to that. But with all their wealth, fame and opportunity, what a shame it is that any one of them would choose to be a pothead. How sad that for all his musical talent, the legacy Mr. Broadus seems most intent on leaving his son is his talent for getting high.

Mr. Broadus indicates that he smokes weed with his son to show him “the proper way” and makes the ridiculous claim that the way to keep his son from driving drunk and using drugs is by offering him a paternal relationship where drug use is a shared recreation. That makes as much sense as a bank robber saying the best way to keep his son out of prison is by showing him the proper way to rob banks.

As we have witnessed in the deaths and addictions of so many children of celebrities, while money may allow celebrities’ children to do “what the hell they want,” when they do what they want without regard to legality or wisdom, the result is often disastrous.

In reading various news articles, it appears that Calvin Broadus indeed loves his children. He is said to be a hands-on father who coaches his children’s sports teams and is actively involved in their activities.

I have to say, though, that real love and responsibility should preclude parents from engaging with their children in activities that are illegal, immoral or unhealthy.

I think it’s time Mr. Broadus changed his name again…and may I suggest the new name be Snoop Daddy.



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