Arrest of Wire's Snoop Shows the 'Other America'

David Simon: We've got two of them now
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2011 7:58 PM CST
Arrest of Wire 's Snoop Shows the 'Other America'
In this frame grab from video released by WBAL-TV 11, Felicia "Snoop" Pearson is escorted by authorities after her arrest.   (AP Photo/WBAL-TV 11)

Wire creator David Simon writes in Slate that he's "certainly sad" over news that Felicia Pearson, who played the unforgettable hitman Snoop on his show, has been arrested on drug charges. "This young lady has, from her earliest moments, had one of the hardest lives imaginable," he writes (emphasizing that she hasn't been convicted of anything yet). And maybe one reason her acting career hasn't taken off post-Wire is because "the entertainment industry as a whole does not offer a great many roles for those who can portray people from the other America."

Simon also raises a theme familiar to Wire viewers, about how America's war on drugs has "devolved into a war on the underclass" and made it all but impossible for kids in some neighborhoods—"where the drug economy is now the only factory still hiring and where the educational system is so crippled that the vast majority of children are trained only for the corners"—to truly get out. Because of that misguided war, we've got two Americas now, and only those who grew up in Pearson's version should judge her. Read Simon's full column here, or another take on Pearson's life here. (More The Wire stories.)

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