Cordell Broadus is Snoop Dogg’s (Lion?) son. He is a four-star recruit wide receiver, recently signed at UCLA (boo! U of A!) from California. Throughout portions of Cordell’s senior year, filmmakers have been airing a reality show about the relationship between him and his father.
The following video is a small preview of one of the episodes:
First, let me clarify I do not believe the issue is in his parenting. Let me explain. The issue is not that he is a bad father because he won’t tell his son he loves him. The issue stems from his distorted understanding of masculinity.
By Snoop saying that he, as a man and father, can’t be “soft with him” or show affection and love, he is labeling masculinity as this raw from of machoism.
Men don’t hug.
Men don’t cry.
Men don’t say “I love you”.
It’s too girly.
You have men uncomfortable with expressing themselves fully for fear of being labelled “gay” or “soft”. This form of masculinity turns out to be less manly.
Masculinity is not about avoiding emotion. Masculinity is about showing emotion as a man.
My hope is that one day Snoop Dogg can realize this. That he will give Cordell a hug, tell him he loves him and feel confident knowing this is the best way to show his son how to be a real man.