*Snoop Dogg appears to be joining Kelly Clarkson as a celebrity endorser of GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul.
But while the “American Idol” singer prefers Paul’s hands-off approach to all things government, for Snoop, it’s all about the weed.
The rapper and marijuana lover appeared to grant his endorsement to Paul on his Facebook page late Monday, posting a picture of Paul with the headline “Smoke Weed Everyday.” Snoop Dogg — born Calvin Broadus — included the message “Because I said so” with his post. [See pic above.]
Snoop Dogg poses for a photo backstage at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Jan. 13, 2012 in Los Angeles
Snoop — whose most recent marijuana-related arrest occurred earlier this month, at the Texas border town of Sierra Blanca — is presumably drawn to Paul due to the libertarian candidate’s stance on drugs. Paul was a co-sponsor of the States’ Rights to Medical Marijuana Act, and supports the Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults Act of 2008.
It’s unclear whether Snoop was aware of Paul’s reported history of signing his name to racially-charged newsletters in the 1990s. Late last year, Kelly Clarkson caught criticism after singing Paul’s praises.
“I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last Republican nomination and no one gave him a chance,” Clarkson said in a tweet. “If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he’s got my vote. Too bad he probably won’t.”
*Snoop Dogg has been booted from the line-up of a Dutch music festival after city officials made it known that his brand of hip hop is not welcome.
The rapper was due to headline the open-air Parkpop event in the Netherlands on June 27, along with actress/singer Juliette Lewis and German pop star Nena. But when authorities got wind of Snoop’s involvement, they stepped in and forced organizers to scrap his slot, claiming he’s not suitable for The Hague festival.
“Snoop Dogg will not perform at Parkpop…in order to preserve the free, open and friendly nature of Parkpop,” read a statement issued by city officials.
Concert spokesman Marit Noorlander responded, “We are very, very disappointed.”
Snoop Dogg, real name Calvin Broadus, was previously denied entry into the U.K. after he was arrested following a fracas at London’s Heathrow Airport in 2006. Border officials labeled him a threat, citing his prior drug and firearms offenses, but the star challenged the ruling in court and the ban was lifted earlier this year.
*Three years after U.K. government officials banned Snoop Dogg from stepping foot on its soil, the rapper has won a hard-fought legal battle to regain entry.
The artist, real name Calvin Broadus, ran afoul of immigration officials in 2006 when he was arrested following a scrap at London’s Heathrow Airport. The following year, he was denied entry into the country, with authorities arguing his previous convictions for drugs and firearms offenses made him a threat.
Snoop has been battling the ruling ever since. He enlisted famous pals David Beckham and Sir Paul McCartney to help convince officials that he meant no harm.
The ban was lifted in 2008, but government officials took the case to the Court of Appeal, where it was decided the judge who reversed the ruling may have “misinterpreted the test of exclusion.”
Snoop then took the case to a U.K. Asylum and Immigration Tribunal on Feb 26, with the star’s lawyers urging officials to take into consideration his work as a high-school football coach and appearances on family-friendly TV shows including “The View” and his “Father Hood” reality series.
Today, two senior immigration judges ruled that border authorities were wrong to deny Snoop entry.
*Snoop Dogg is inching closer to gaining entry into the UK in his long-running battle with British border authorities.
The rapper, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, was originally banned from the country in 2007, forcing him and fellow rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs to cancel the British dates of their European tour.
The ban was triggered by Snoop Dogg’s arrest at Heathrow airport in 2006 following a scuffle involving members of his entourage. In 2008 the ban was lifted but when the UK Border Agency challenged the decision, it went to an Asylum and Immigration Tribunal.
Earlier this week, the tribunal announced its decision that to deny him entry had been wrong.
“We are disappointed by the tribunal’s decision in this case,” a UK Border Agency spokesperson said today, according to Reuters. “We are studying the determination carefully and will take a decision whether to appeal.”
In 2007 he pleaded no contest to gun and drugs charges in the United States. The same year he was barred from entering Australia after failing a character test.