Snoop Dogg, US rapper, has attracted much criticism on social media platforms for using Paul Gascoigne, former English professional footballer’s photo to highlight the impacts of alcohol abuse.
Gascoigne, better known as Gazza, has had a recorded and reportedly tumultuous history of struggles with alcohol addiction.
But the rapper took to his Instagram page to share a picture of the ex-England midfielder at the age of 20 alongside an unflattering photo of him at 47 with the caption “alcohol abuse” above. Gascoigne is currently 52.
Beneath the same photo, the songwriter also posted a picture of himself at 20 and 47 which gave the impression that he hardly aged while on the marijuana side.
The post has stirred differing reactions on social media platforms.
While some users hailed him for “speaking the truth” on the dangers of drinking, others were not too pleased that the singer was “taking a mickey” out of Gascoigne, who has repeatedly struggled with alcoholism and mental health issues over the years.
“Shame on you! Don’t mock and make memes out of people who are struggling. Should take that down immediately,” a user said.
Bad that Snoop Dogg is taking potshots at Gazza on Instagram and not on Twitter dot com. This is surely the premier platform for such savage shenanigans?
— Stuart Locker 🇧🇩 (@Daily_Stus) June 27, 2019
Snoop dogg can fuck off how dare he speak bad on gazza https://t.co/1HpQsBfMrp
— Aaron Fensome (@aaronfensome_) June 27, 2019
Snoop Dogg v Gazza is the beef we never knew we needed 👀 pic.twitter.com/PTWuI6Ok02
— Odds Watch (@Odds_Watch) June 27, 2019
Snoop Dogg calling out Gazza is one thing i didn't expect to see when i woke up this morning..? pic.twitter.com/sl04uETaVf
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) June 27, 2019
Wow I can't believe what #SnoopDogg tweeted about Paul Gascoigne when he has an illness and Snoop chooses to be a stoner and not for medical reasons. It's good he is good at what he does (I do love his music) or he would be just another stoner on the street smoking his life away
— ❤️💜Carly Belsey❤️💜 (@carlychoc2) June 27, 2019
Snoop dogg disrespecting Paul Gascoigne, considering he suffered with alcoholism and other issues. Fucking disgrace.
— FollowFollowMeltdowns (@FollowMeltdowns) June 26, 2019
Why the fuck did Snoop Dogg put this on his insta hahahahaha pic.twitter.com/gm92vd4BLR
— Oran (@oranstorrie99) June 26, 2019
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 27, 2019
Known to be a fan of marijuana, Snoop was once reported to have boasted of “smoking it” in the White house.
Gascoigne, who joined his first team in 1985 and played for a Rome-based sports club, once boasted of 57 England cups in an eventful year.
In 2014, he was rushed to the hospital after an episode of binge drinking that saw him end up unconscious with a bottle of gin in his grasp.
It was also reported that he was about to be evicted from his £3 million rented apartment at the time.