Snoop Dogg Draws Wrath of English Soccer Fans Over Pro-Weed Meme
Musician and cannabis enthusiast Snoop Dogg is facing an online backlash over a social media post designed to highlight the disparate dangers between marijuana and alcohol.
Pot advocates have long touted its safety relative to booze and other drugs, of course, but Snoop ran afoul by using a legendary but troubled former English soccer player to illustrate that comparison.
The meme posted Wednesday on Snoop Dogg’s Instagram account showed four photos: two of the iconic West Coast rapper and two of Paul Gascogine, a decorated soccer player who starred for the England national team and clubs like Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur in the 1980s and 1990s.
The two photos of Gascogine, placed under a caption that read “Alcohol Abuse,” show him at age 20 and 47 with clear signs of physical deterioration evident. Under the caption “Marijuana Abuse” are a pair of photos of Snoop at the same two ages with no major differences in his appearance.
As brilliant as he was as a player, Gascoigne’s life has been equally turbulent off the field. He entered therapy in the late 1990s, while still a player, to treat his alcoholism—the first of several stints in treatment. He has struggled to