Instagram removed and then reinstated a post criticizing rapper Snoop Dogg from the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association (PBA). The organization requested for followers to boycott Snoop’s Super Bowl performance because of lyrics the rapper used recently promoting violence against law enforcement.
“Encouraging people to shoot police officers apparently earns you a spot as a headliner at the Superbowl,” the PBA wrote in the post, which was also shared to Facebook and not taken down from there, according to the New York Post.
“If you choose to watch the game at all, (We won’t be) halftime is a great moment to shut your TV off in honor of those men and women in blue who gave their lives for us.”
The post also quoted lyrics from the Snoop Dogg song “Police,” which was released on January 22 just ahead of the Super Bowl. The PBA social media share had a screenshot and used these words as justification for their proposed boycott.
The first verse comes courtesy of song collaborator J5 Slap and says:
All you n***as out there, Take your guns that you using to shoot each other
And start shooting these b***h-ass mother-f***ing police.
That’ll impress a mother-f***ing n***a like me. The crooked mother-f***ers
‘Cause these police getting way too mother-f***ing outta line
A1 Yolaman and Jiggie June also contribute to the song. While Snoop Dogg’s sung lyrics don’t include a specific call to violence like the J5 Slap verse, the law enforcement group does lay blame on the popular rapper since it’s technically his song.
Interestingly, Instagram’s reason for removing the PBA post seemed to be a reaction to the lyrics themselves. The platform said PBA’s post was removed because it violated community guidelines prohibiting, “content that may lead to a genuine risk to physical harm or direct threat to public safety.”
The Suffolk PBA had a strong reaction to the social media platform removing their post condemning Snoop Dogg’s “vile” song lyrics that “should be denounced by every American,” they said in a statement to the Post.
“For Instagram to censor a post that condemns Snoop Dogg for encouraging the killing of police officers is evidence that Instagram is complicit and condones such violence,” Vice President of Suffolk County PBA Lou Civello said.
“This is a slap in the face to everyone who has ever worn the uniform and put their lives on the line for the safety of others, and is an example that Instagram enables, if not encourages, harm against police officers. They should be ashamed.”
Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., opened the halftime show with his retro hit songs “The Next Episode” and “California Love.” The entire performance was filled with old-school rappers that appealed to a millennial audience who remember the songs from their youth. Other performers included Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, 50 Cent and Mary J. Blige.
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