While it may qualify as schadenfreude, there is a bit of joy in watching liberals eat each other alive.
Rapper Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., aka Snoop Dogg, found himself in a tussle pitting the political class, and by extension the elite media, against pop culture.
…and he quickly backed out, with his tail between his legs.
The brouhaha began with a profane video the rapper posted on Instagram slamming “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King over a Tuesday interview with former WNBA star Lisa Leslie that mentioned sexual assault allegations against NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who died two weeks ago in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles.
Calling King a “funky, dog-haired b*tch,” Broadus asked the journalist why she was coming after “your people,” issuing a warning to let the Bryant family mourn in peace “before we come get you.”
“We expect more from you, Gayle,” he said in an Instagram video posted Wednesday. “Respect the family and back off, b*tch, before we come get you.”
After the video blew up — the rapper has over 32 million followers — Oprah Winfrey, who is the journalist’s BFF, appeared on NBC on Friday and said while choking back tears that King had not slept in two days and has been receiving death threats.
Winfrey also suggested that the attack from Broadus was “misogynist vitriol.”
.@Oprah emotionally responds to backlash her friend Gayle King received over King’s recent interview about Kobe Bryant with WNBA legend Lisa Leslie: “She is not doing well because she has now death threats.” pic.twitter.com/M8HrCp8vTr
— TODAY with Hoda & Jenna (@HodaAndJenna) February 7, 2020
And if the star power of Oprah wasn’t impressive enough on its own, Obama royalty member Susan Rice stepped into the fray to smack ol’ Snoop Dogg across the snout — the incestuous relationship between the former administration and the media is legendary.
The former national security adviser for President Barack Obama didn’t mince words in going after Broadus, telling him to “back the **** off” or she will rain on his world.
“This is despicable,” Rice tweeted. “Gayle King is one of the most principled, fair and tough journalists alive. Snoop, back the **** off. You come for @GayleKing, you come against an army. You will lose, and it won’t be pretty.”
This is despicable. Gayle King is one of the most principled, fair and tough journalists alive. Snoop, back the **** off. You come for @GayleKing, you come against an army. You will lose, and it won’t be pretty. https://t.co/nUxcYCLS62
— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) February 8, 2020
Broadus didn’t accumulate an estimated net worth of $150 million by being stupid, and he quickly realized the stars were aligning against him — literally.
Returning to the scene of the original crime, Instagram, he posted a video declaring himself to be a non-violent person and did a soft sell of his original complaint.
“I’m a non-violent person. When I said what I said, I spoke for the people who felt like Gayle was very disrespectful towards Kobe Bryant and his family,” Snoop said.
“Now with that being said, what I look like wanting some harm to come to a 70-year-old woman?” he continued. “I was raised way better than that. I don’t want no harm to come to her and I didn’t threaten her. All I did was said, ‘check it out, you outta pocket for what you doing and we watching you. Have a little more respect for Vanessa, her babies, and Kobe Bryant’s legacy.’”
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And while we look forward to the eventual group hug where all sides come together to lick their wounds while taking the higher ground, there’s more to the controversy.
King is “very angry” with CBS News for releasing a shortened clip of the interview with Leslie that she said was “totally taken out of context.”
“I’ve been up reading the comments about the interview I did with Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant,” King said in a video shared on Twitter. “I know that if I had only seen the clip that you saw, I’d be extremely angry with me, too. I am mortified, I am embarrassed and I am very angry. Unbeknownst to me, my network put up a clip from a very wide-ranging interview, totally taken out of context and when you see it that way, it’s very jarring.”
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) February 4, 2020
In the interview, King brought up a 2003 accusation of rape against Bryant involving a 19-year-old hotel worker in Colorado — the married player admitted to having sex with the woman but said it was consensual. When the accuser declined to testify, the case was dropped — a civil suit was later settled.
King’s criticism prompted CBS to issue a mea culpa statement on her behalf.
“Gayle conducted a thoughtful, wide-ranging interview with Lisa Leslie about the legacy of Kobe Bryant,” the statement said. “An excerpt was posted that did not reflect the nature and tone of the full interview. We are addressing the internal process that led to this and changes have already been made.”
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