The 12 Worst Questions Asked by Australian Media at Snoop Dogg’s Only Australian Press Conference
by Bianca Valentino
Thursday I attended US hip-hop personality Snoop Dogg’s only Australian press conference for the release of latest album Doggumentary, held at the Jupiters Hotel & Casino Penthouse Suite on the Gold Coast. In attendance were journalists from publications The Sunday-Mail, The Gold Coast Bulletin, MX, Label Magazine, the street press and more alongside various other media outlets including Nine News, Hit List TV and Hot Tomato radio.
We were briefed before the conference in regards to what was appropriate to ask:
• You will be required to ask music related questions based on the album while attending the media conference.
And what wasn’t:
• No questions related to illegal activity are to be asked at the media conference.
• No questions related to visas are to be asked at the media conference.
• Don’t ask questions about fashion or shopping was also added to that list just before the conference commenced.
I was told to arrive at the venue at 1pm for a 2pm start. Snoop arrived on ‘urban time’ as the conference’s MC put it, at around 3pm. The catered sandwiches and couture cakes were a nice distraction from the wait — kudos to the casino kitchen!
With an introduction of “He’s a father, a coach, a business man, a TV star, a movie star, a music and movie producer, a Twit-aholic with more than 3.1 million Twitter fans, an ambassador, an icon and a fellow Libran — he is Snoop Dogg”, coupled with the fact that his latest album has guest appearances and collaborations from the likes of Kanye West, Willie Nelson, Gorillaz, George Clinton and Bootsy Collins, Luther Vandross, Scott Storch, Battlecat and more on 17 out of 21 tracks – one would think there’s a great deal of interesting questions one could ask.
Here is a list of what the Australian media came up with (remember this was Snoop’s ONLY Australian media access granted) aka ‘The 12 Worst Questions Asked by Australian Media at Snoop Dogg’s Only Australian Press Conference’:
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