Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

Arts and Entertainment

Snoop Dogg Has Officially Become California's Moral Compass

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

Thanks to a favor from Arnold Schwarzenegger, the son of notoriously corrupt former California state Assembly Fabian Nuñez was released from prison Sunday after serving only six years on a manslaughter sentence, and an unlikely advocate for justice has emerged: Snoop Dogg.In a series of Instagram videos shared yesterday with his 9.7 million followers, Snoop Dogg condemned Schwarzenegger's decision, denounced the state of American politics ("Man, you motherf***ers really got the game f***ed up.") and demanded to know why Schwarzenegger would commute a friend's sentence while refusing to stay the execution of former gang leader turned peace activist Stanley "Tookie" Williams ("How the f*** you gonna let this n***** out of jail but you gonna kill Tookie Williams? You are one motherf***ng racist piece of s***"). Snoop Dogg also repeatedly called Schwarzenegger "a punky dogg-head b*tch."

Longtime Schwarzenegger ally Fabian Nuñez's son Esteban Nuñez entered prison in June 2010 to serve a 16-year sentence for the stabbing death of college student Luis Santos. On his last day in office, then-governer Schwarzenegger drastically reduced the younger Nuñez's sentenceamidst public outrage, more than halving it to a mere seven years. The Santos family filed suit to overturn Schwarzenegger's commutation but were rebuffed by a Sacramento judge, who characterized Schwarzenegger's decision as "repugnant," but unfortunately still legally within his executive powers as governor. Schwarzenegger told Newsweek in 2011 that although his office erred in not notifying the victim's parents, he still felt "good" about the decision. "I mean, of course you help a friend," he said.

Schwarzenegger's misguided Newsweek interview, and more specifically that "friend" comment, brought anger over Nuñez's commutation to something of a boiling point in 2011, deepening what the L.A. Times called "widespread outrage over the commutation," which was "reflected in editorials and denunciations by Republicans and Democrats alike."

Support for LAist comes from

Despite being profanity-laden, nothing Snoop Dogg said appears to have been technically incorrect. One could even argue that he's done the state a great service: angry editorials from politicos can certainly help shape the political narrative around a miscarriage of justice, but nothing brings headlines like a Snoop video.