TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Will Packer expected critics to pile on following the debut of the Roots remake, and he's got a response for them, including rapper Snoop Dogg.
The rapper posted a profanity-laced Instagram video that lambasted the miniseries for debuting on Memorial Day and depicting the lives of American slaves. Of all his work, Packer said the miniseries has been the most heavily criticized. His other work includes Ride Along and Ride Along 2, Think Like a Man, Think Like a Man 2 and The Perfect Guy.
“They’re uncomfortable revisiting the reality of that time,” Packer said. “I understand it. But at the same time, I vehemently disagree.”
When asked about Snoop's position, which went viral Monday, Packer said the rapper was entitled to his opinion.
“I think that while I certainly don’t judge Snoop at all because I’m very flawed myself, I just think the irony of having him saying and using the n-word, saying, ‘A real n-word like me wouldn’t watch this,'" Packer said. "I couldn’t help but think there’s a ghost of some horrendous slave owner that is smiling and smirking as he watches this black man say that and call himself that … I think that slave owner probably said, ‘Preach. I agree.’”
Packer believes in the power of being uncomfortable.
"I don’t think we should get too comfortable as a country, as a society or as a race of people," Packer said. "I think this is a story that’s important enough it should be told in repeated ways."
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