Snoop Dogg Cancels Hollywood Bowl Performances As He Continues To Stand In Solidarity w/ Writers & Actors’ Strike
Snoop Dogg is standing in solidarity with the writers and actors of Hollywood.
The rapper/businessman — real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. — canceled two of his upcoming Hollywood Bowl performances in support of the WGA (Writers Guild of America) and SAG-AFTRA ( Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) strikes. In a statement shared via Instagram, he said,
“We regret to inform you that due to the ongoing strike and the uncertainty of when this will be over, we need to cancel the Hollywood Bowl show. We continue to stand in solidarity with all of our brothers and sisters in the WGA and SAG/AFTRA during this difficult time and remain hopeful that the AMPTP will come back to the negotiating table with a REAL proposal and we can all get back to work.”
The Dr. Dre-produced performances, which were to mark Doggystyle’s 30th anniversary, were initially planned for June 27 and 28.
In June, Snoop Dogg announced they would be pushing his performances back to October 20 and 21 because he and Dr. Dre “stand in solidarity with the writers.” The events, marketed as Snoop Dogg & Friends, were announced the same day the WGA strike started.
Snoop Dogg offered support for their initiatives during a discussion at the Milken Institute Global Conference that same week. At the time, he compared the scenario to the present condition of music streaming payouts, or lack thereof, and stated that people were on strike because they couldn’t get paid for streaming. He said,
“We need to figure that out the same way the writers are figuring out… The writers are striking because streaming, they can’t get paid. … Because, when it’s on the platform, it’s not like in the box office. In the box office, if it does all these numbers, you may get an up — ‘Oh, it did this many, here’s another check.’ But on streaming you got 300,000 hours that somebody watched your movie. Where’s the money?”
Since then, actors have joined the writers on strike, causing a shutdown of a lot of Hollywood productions and seemingly promoting the “Ain’t No Fun” rapper to cancel the performances altogether.
This is the first time in over 60 years that actors and writers have gone on strike together. Both parties are reportedly seeking increases in pay and residuals from streaming content, protection from their work being replaced by artificial intelligence (AI), higher caps on pensions, and health benefits.
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