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Fact Check: Snoop Supported Jason Aldean by Ending a Contract with CMT, One Rumor Says. Here's What We Found

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Claim:

Rapper Snoop Dogg terminated his contract with the Country Music Television (CMT) network in a show of support for country singer Jason Aldean.

Rating:

Rating: Labeled Satire
Rating: Labeled Satire

In 2023, a viral Facebook post from The Patriots Lovers page shared a SpaceXMania article titled, “Snoop Dogg Barks Back at [Country Music Television] CMT, Backs Aldean by Ending His Own Contract.”

The article, published on July 28, claimed:

Once upon a time in the bustling world of music and television, an unsuspecting CMT had yanked a popular Jason Aldean song off their network. Little did they know, they had just opened a can of worms – or perhaps, a can of Snoop Dogg.

If you thought Snoop Dogg was just a laid-back rapper who loves his green more than Kermit the Frog, think again. In a surprising twist, the hip-hop legend has thrown his fedora into the country music drama, standing up for Jason Aldean in the most Snoop Dogg way possible – he has terminated his contract with CMT.

It all began when Aldean’s chart-topping track was abruptly pulled from the air by CMT. This ignited a fierce backlash from fans and other artists alike, turning what should have been a minor network decision into a full-blown public relations disaster.

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In a move that shocked even the most clued-up industry insiders, Snoop Dogg terminated his contract with CMT, citing his support for Aldean as the reason. Imagine that, Snoop Dogg fighting for the honor of country music! Who knew Snoop was such a gentleman?

Snoop’s unexpected show of solidarity has sent shockwaves through the industry, shaking the CMT boardroom to its core. The network finds itself in a precarious position – losing Aldean was bad enough, but Snoop Dogg? That’s a blow that’s going to leave a mark.

But this article was presented as a work of satire — the story isn't true — and originated from a website that describes its content as such.

A number of online commentators assumed the story was real, nonetheless. One comment on the Facebook post read, “Gotta love Snoop,” while another read, “Nice move Snoop Dog. Stand strong!” (For the record, Snopes is unaware of any ongoing contract between Snoop and CMT.)

We have often covered stories from SpaceXMania, which describes itself as "a team of writers and editors based in New York, USA" with the mission of covering the "freshest fake news, some sassy analysis, and a good dose of satire, all rolled into one crazy concoction that orbits around Elon Musk and everything that’s lighting up the viral/trending charts."

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The article on SpaceXMania was published during controversy around the music video for Aldean’s song "Try That in a Small Town.” CMT pulled Aldean’s music video in response to the outcry. Supporters of the song said it promoted small town values while critics argued it had racist undertones. One guest commentator on Fox News defended Aldean’s song, while describing what she said was an offensive scene in one of Snoop’s music videos.

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Sources:

"About Us." SpaceXMania. 3 Jan. 2021, https://spacexmania.com/about-us/. Accessed 23 Jan. 2024.

Breaking: Snoop Dog Barks Back at CMT, Backs Aldean by Ending His Own Contract. 28 July 2023, https://spacexmania.com/breaking-snoop-dog-barks-back-at-cmt-backs-aldean-by-ending-his-own-contract145/. Accessed 23 Jan. 2024.

“CMT Pulls Jason Aldean Music Video That Was Filmed at a Lynching Site.” PBS NewsHour, 20 July 2023, https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/cmt-pulls-jason-aldean-music-video-that-was-filmed-at-a-lynching-site. Accessed 23 Jan. 2024.

Crawford, Jan, and Analisa Novak. "Jason Aldean Says He Stands by Controversial “Try That in a Small Town”: “I Know What the Intentions Were”." CBS News, 1 Nov. 2023, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jason-aldean-stands-by-controversial-try-that-in-a-small-town-song-video-i-know-what-the-intentions-were/. Accessed 23 Jan. 2024.

"Disclaimer." SpaceXMania. 3 Jan. 2021, https://spacexmania.com/disclaimer/. Accessed 23 Jan. 2024.

“Fox News Reacts to Controversy over Jason Aldean’s Song with Anti-Black Dog Whistles Attacking Hip-Hop Music.” Media Matters for America, 25 July 2023, https://www.mediamatters.org/fox-news/fox-news-reacts-controversy-over-jason-aldeans-song-anti-black-dog-whistles-attacking-hip. Accessed 23 Jan. 2024.

Ibrahim, Nur. “Megan Rapinoe and Whoopi Goldberg Were Kicked Off ‘The View’?” Snopes, 5 Dec. 2023, https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/megan-rapinoe-whoopi-goldberg/. Accessed 23 Jan. 2024.