This picture of Snoop Dog and Martha Stewart making brownies is currently trending in Facebook reposts and… it’s really weird. The picture cautions the reader to “be mindful” about stereotypes, noting how “only one” of the two pictured is a convicted felon (Martha Stewart of course, having been convicted of insider trading). Chyea. okay. Have these people even ever HEARD of Snoop Dog? How could they possibly believe the claim? I guess because they want it to be accurate to illustrate the point that…er…people who self identify with crime culture may not necessarily have actually committed a crime while people who don’t may have (this is supposed to be news to anyone?), but…there are better examples out there, people.
“Only one of them is a convicted felon”. that’s not true of course. Rapper and producer Calvin Broadus, also known as Snoop Dogg has a criminal record dating back to the early 1990s when he was a teenager.
According to the prestigious internetz, other “known disturbances and arrests” are listed as:
- 1990s – Snoop Dog was arrested for possession of cocaine. Over the next three years he spent time in and out of prison.
- July 1993 – Snoop was stopped for a traffic violation and a firearm was found by police while conducting a search of his car. In February 1997 he plead guilty to one count of being an ex-felon in possession of a handgun and was ordered to record three public service announcements, pay a $1,000 fine, and serve three years probation.
- August 1993 – Snoop was charged for being an accomplice to the murder of Phillip Woldermarian. In February 1996, with the help of attorney Jonnie Cochran, Snoop was found not guilty of all charges but voluntary manslaughter, on which the jury deadlocked.
- May 1998 – Snoop Doggy Dogg was arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession. He was fined of $100, plus a $170 penalty assessment fee and a $100 payment to the Victim’s Restitution Fund, for a total cost of $370. October 2001 – Snoop was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, after his tour bus was stopped and searched in Ohio. In May 2002 he pleaded no contest to the charge and was fined a total of $398.30 and a suspended 30-day jail sentence.
- April 2003 – Snoop Doggy Dogg’s bodyguard, McKinley Lee, was grazed by a bullet after unknown assailants showered Snoop Dog’s car and other cars in his entourage with bullets.
- August 2003 – Snoop was named in an affidavit claiming that he and the makers of the “Girls Gone Wild: Doggy Style” tape lured two underage girls to take their tops off for the camera by offering them marijuana and ecstasy. The suit was settled in July 2004.