Will Packer, who worked as executive producer on the successful miniseries Roots (it’s the most watched miniseries in 3 years with 5.3 million viewers) is responding to critics, including rapper Snoop Dogg who voiced his displeasure with the series.
Snoop Dogg 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.
“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.’”
Make sure to watch part 3 of Roots tonight on the History channel. Check your local listings for times.