Though multiple colleges and universities have tried to prevent noncontroversial conservatives such as Ben Shapiro from speaking at their schools, one Kansas institution apparently had no qualms about letting a gangster rapper perform on its campus last week complete with pole-dancing strippers.
No joke …
Granted, when University of Kansas officials invited notoriously anti-Trump rapper Snoop Dogg to perform for their students on Friday, they didn’t expect him to take things THIS far:
Way to keep it gangsta …
According to The Kansas City Star, the performance included “the rapper shooting fake $100 bills out of a money gun at the KU bench and four scantily dressed dancers performing on what are commonly known as ‘stripper poles‘ or ‘spinning dancing poles.'”
And well, that wasn’t what Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self had expected to see.
“I didn’t know there was going to be anything like that,” he told the paper. “I was told this was radio edited and everything else.”
“I don’t guess you have visuals on radio. I learned that tonight,” he added. “But no, that’s not the direction that anybody at our school would want that to go at all, regardless of any entertainment that it provided many, it was still not the right way to provide the entertainment.”
The school has since apologized for any offense Snoop’s performance may have caused.
The full performance may be seen below:
“We apologize to anyone who was offended by the Snoop Dogg performance at Late Night,” University of Kansas Director of Athletics Jeff Long said in a statement.
“We made it clear to the entertainers’ managers that we expected a clean version of the show and took additional steps to communicate to our fans, including moving the artist to the final act of the evening, to ensure that no basketball activities would be missed if anyone did not want to stay for his show,” Long said. “I take full responsibility for not thoroughly vetting all the details of the performance and offer my personal apology to those who were offended. We strive to create a family atmosphere at Kansas and fell short of that this evening.”
Statement from KU AD Jeff Long regarding tonight’s Snoop Dogg performance at Late Night in the Phog… #KUbball pic.twitter.com/4eHbU4YsQQ
— Matt Tait (@mctait) October 5, 2019
The public’s reaction to the controversy was mixed.
Some argued that the university should have known better than to allow such a distasteful performance. But others countered by noting that KU’s adult students could handle it. Plus, the performance occurred at the end of the night, meaning any parents who brought their children to the event had ample opportunity to leave before Snoop’s questionable performance.
“The audience was mostly adult college aged students. There were some kids, but parents should have known what Snoop was about. SD set was the very last thing of the evening. Parents could take their kids and leave if they wanted,” one Twitter user noted.
“I don’t understand why anyone is surprised. Snoop is NOT about to do a clean show. At all. Also, this was at a COLLEGE. Not everything at the collegiate level has to be family friendly. College students are adults,” another opined.
Look at the arguments of the performance’s defenders below:
The audience was mostly adult college aged students. There were some kids, but parents should have known what Snoop was about. SD set was the very last thing of the evening. Parents could take their kids and leave if they wanted.
— kel reSister ??⚖️?✌️?? (@twingemini65) October 5, 2019
I don’t understand why anyone is surprised. Snoop is NOT about to do a clean show. At all. Also, this was at a COLLEGE. Not everything at the collegiate level has to be family friendly. College students are adults.
— that bitch (@themommasteph) October 6, 2019
They weren’t strippers, they were fully clothed athletic, artistic performers. Look it up people… competitive pole dancing is a real thing. The Olympics are considering adding it as a sport. Lighten up folks!!!
— Rob Gregg (@theRobbyG) October 5, 2019
Why are their parents concerned about the things their adult children watch? So the families was upset because of what?
— Kaydo Da Beat ? (@KaydoDaBeat) October 5, 2019
AHAHAHAHAHHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA all I can say is they’re all adults who got a free show from snoop dog. If you were offended you definitely could have left that show lmfao https://t.co/ZwjYlQiCxH
— Joe Morales (@tweeternub) October 5, 2019
But for every defender, there was a critic decrying the performance for exacerbating so-called “rape culture,” demeaning the university and being in such poor taste.
“Naive. Stupid. Tone deaf. Clueless. Kansas traditionally has the best basketball fans in America. Who thought this was remotely a good idea?” one critic tweeted.
Another linked Snoop’s performance to sexual assaults and mass shootings, writing that his defenders clearly “are not concerned with sexual assaults on campus or mass shootings.”
While the mass shootings connection is bizarre, KU does allegedly have a sexual assault problem.
“Twenty-five students filed reports saying they were sexually assaulted on campus last year, the most since the University’s Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access opened in 2012,” the school’s student newspaper reported in 2018.
It’s not clear how many of those reports were proven to be valid (or invalid).
Look at more complaints below:
Naive. Stupid. Tone deaf. Clueless. Kansas traditionally has the best basketball fans in America. Who thought this was remotely a good idea?
— Pony Ears (@PonyEars) October 5, 2019
You may not say this if you paid big bucs to send your kids to college. Or maybe you do & are not concerned with sexual assaults on campus or mass shootings.
— Susan Peters (@SusanPeters1) October 5, 2019
I was personally disgusted with last nights performance. My 9 year old son had a lot of questions. Care to explain mr long #kubball #KULateNight @jefflongKU
— Dallas Renagades Fan Club President (@TheDirtyCig) October 5, 2019
I’m so disgusted & ashamed….there were little kids there for Pete’s sake!!! ???????
— #MAGA #Trump #Q #Brexit #GiletsJaunes (@tlshaw1997) October 5, 2019
There were stripper poles. Way to value your female fans KU.
— Jennifer Butler (@jelbutle) October 5, 2019
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