Snoop Dogg and J.R. Smith Call Caitlyn Jenner a "Science Project" in Instagram Posts

Source: AP
Source: AP

While most in the media and Hollywood welcomed the arrival of Caitlyn Jenner into the world, a few prominent haters could not resist the urge to do what they do best.

Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player J.R. Smith and rapper Snoop Dogg are two such haters.

Just one day before his team enters the NBA Finals, the basketball star took to Instagram Wednesday to tell the world exactly how he felt about Jenner's transition. In a post, which appears to be a meme, Smith called her a "science project" and complained about the lack of media attention given to rapper Akon's plan to provide solar power to hundreds of millions of Africans. On the same day, Snoop Dogg also posted the meme.

"Shout out to Akon ! He is about to supply 600 million africans with solar power. Im really upset that this isnt [sic] major news but that science project bruce jenner is #society."

Smith's post was swiftly deleted. Snoop Dogg's, however, remained on his official Instagram account and currently has over 125,000 likes as of 5:30 PM Wednesday.

A photo posted by (@) on

Source: Mic/Screengrab

It's not the first time Smith and his team have made a public personal foul. In 2013, Smith made headlines for a personal feud with Detroit Piston point guard Brandon Jennings, which culminated in Smith publicly threatening Jennings over Twitter. A year earlier, Smith posted lewd photos of model Tahiry Jose to his Twitter account, which he was also forced to delete. Smith's personal behavior could be a result of his own team's less than stellar record on women's issues. In 2015, a Cavalier's sketch aimed at humorously promoting their upcoming playoff series with the Chicago Bulls spectacularly misfired with jokes about domestic violence. 

For Snoop Dogg, the transgender trolling comes as an unfortunate surprise given the star's large millennial following. 

Partly because of celebrities who spread memes like this, it's never easy to transition, but it's especially difficult to do so late in life. Jenner's actions are a victory for LGBT rights and human rights everywhere. Trolls like Smith need to be shut down whenever they emerge.  

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Jon Levine

Jon Levine is a staff writer at Mic, covering politics and people. He is based in New York and can be reached at JLevine@mic.com.

MORE FROM

Alton Sterling’s children sue Baton Rouge over shooting, alleging racism and excessive force

The Sterling family alleges that police officers sent racist text messages about people who protested the black man's shooting death.

3 Chicago officers charged with conspiracy in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald

The three Chicago police officers allegedly conspired to prevent an independent investigation and prosecution against Officer Jason Van Dyke.

Video shows officer threatening black man for jaywalking without an ID

The officer is not currently under investigation.

Black teens handcuffed for selling water on National Mall are now getting job offers

"I feel like it was a bad situation turned into a good situation."

3 of the Central Park 5 men just received honorary high school diplomas

All of the men in the Central Park Five will receive the diplomas they were denied after their wrongful convictions as teenagers.

Another sign marking a scene from Emmett Till's murder has been vandalized

It's at least the second time in the past year a sign marking Till's murder has been vandalized.

Alton Sterling’s children sue Baton Rouge over shooting, alleging racism and excessive force

The Sterling family alleges that police officers sent racist text messages about people who protested the black man's shooting death.

3 Chicago officers charged with conspiracy in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald

The three Chicago police officers allegedly conspired to prevent an independent investigation and prosecution against Officer Jason Van Dyke.

Video shows officer threatening black man for jaywalking without an ID

The officer is not currently under investigation.

Black teens handcuffed for selling water on National Mall are now getting job offers

"I feel like it was a bad situation turned into a good situation."

3 of the Central Park 5 men just received honorary high school diplomas

All of the men in the Central Park Five will receive the diplomas they were denied after their wrongful convictions as teenagers.

Another sign marking a scene from Emmett Till's murder has been vandalized

It's at least the second time in the past year a sign marking Till's murder has been vandalized.