Malachi Kirby-led ‘Roots’ reboot receives rave reviews… except from Snoop Dogg
Premiering in January 1977, ABC’s original TV adaptation of Alex Haley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Roots remains one of the most watched events in U.S. television history. With episodes drawing around 100 million viewers back then, it’s no surprise that public anticipation for A+E Studios’ new reboot of the show, which premiered on the History Channel in the U.S. last night (30.05.16), was so highly anticipated.
With an all-star cast including British actors Malachi Kirby (Eastenders, Doctor Who), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors, Match Point), and Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey, The Imitation Game), plus Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Laurence Fishburne, Mekhi Phifer, and James Purefoy, the rebooted miniseries follows the history of Kunta – an African slave sold to America – and the fate of his descendants.
Tactically premiering on Memorial Day, the show’s pilot was met with almost universal claim, receiving praise for its ‘remarkable performances’, ‘propulsive, plot-driven narrative’, ’emotional depth’, ‘stunning cinematography’, and ‘historical accuracy’, and currently holds a Metascore of 81%.
Not everyone was happy with the new production, though. In a viral Instagram video, veteran rapper Snoop Dogg expressed his exasperation that America’s mainstream media, through shows like Roots and films like 12 Years a Slave, only tells stories based on the plights and hardships of black people, rather than their achievements and triumphs.
With the caption “Message”, Snoop Dogg told the camera:
“No disrespect, but I can’t watch no motherf***ing more black movies where n***ers get dogged down … I don’t understand America, they just wanna keep showing the abuse that we took hundreds and hundreds of years ago, but guess what? We’re taking the same abuse. Think about that part. When are y’all gonna make a motherf***ing series about the success that black folks is having?”
Watch the video in full below:
So, does Snoop Dogg have a fair point? While A+E Networks / History Channel are yet to confirm a UK release for Roots, we look forward to watching the show and making our own minds up.
Watch the official trailer for Roots below: