Despite the style of discipline, family issues are all dealt with under the watchful eye of the Simmons father. Simmons’ discipline as a father can be directly tied to the advancement of his children. Daughters Angela and Vanessa enjoy a lucrative women’s athletic shoe and fashion business and serve as role models/spokespersons for the Girl Scouts of America. Meanwhile, oldest son Jo Jo is preparing for his own music career while youngest sons Diggy and Russy are achieving in school. All of these accomplishments are situated within a strong foundation of family support and encouragement. Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood. In the episode titled ‘‘Dogg Whisperer,’’ Snoop complains that the family’s more than 10 dogs have too much freedom in their home. In another episode he laments that the house is disheveled. Yet the first line of the show’s theme song (‘‘I don’t make my kids eat their vegetables’’) provides the sense that Snoop is not a strict disciplinarian on any level. In fact he frequently refers to his sons and others as ‘‘nigger’’ and uses profanity often as a matter of course. When Snoop complains that his home is untidy, the children do not react. Likewise, when their dogs run amok in the household, it is their father who hires a dog trainer to teach the dogs obedience. In comparing Father Hood to Run’s House , one Father Hood viewer wrote: ‘‘They need to spend the day at Run’s House. Please . . . drop this show. They can keep their business and nasty house to themselves . . . He needs to control his kids.’’ Clearly this viewer sees a sense of order in the Simmons’ household that is not visible in the Broadus.’ In another episode ‘‘Rook,’’ rough-housing with friends, gets hit in the eye. Snoop, who had earlier cursed the kids and asked them to stop the rough activity, laughs and tells his son ‘‘You got to be able to take a blow if you can give a blow, cuz.’’ Despite resistance from his wife, who coddles her injured son and demands that her husband stop chiding the boy, Snoop continues to laugh and tease rather than use the incident as a forum to display disciplinary action and teach a lesson to the children involved. The E! Channel description of the show featuring Beckham says ‘‘Snoop Dogg wants his kids to play soccer but they won’t practice . . . ,’’ reflecting that, at times, he has failed as an authoritarian. In another incident, Snoop implores ‘‘Spank’’ to help him stop ‘‘Rook’’ from stealing money out of his pockets in his absence. On the other hand, the episode guides * and Snoop himself * brag about ‘‘Rook’s’’ infatuation with money sending a mixed message. Finally, Snoop’s style of discipline is actually highlighted in advertisements for the show. The promotional photo advertising Father Hood features the Broadus family presumably at a dinner table loaded with fried chicken, corn bread, and waffles, even as three pet dogs stand atop the table.
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- Spring '14
- Reality television, Bill Cosby, The Cosby Show, Father Hood