Ah, so even rapper Snoop Dogg knows which Kosovo national flag to wave in Kosovo — the Albanian one. From one dumb American’s article in Ohio State University’s student paper The Lantern:

People in Kosovo love America, especially Snoop Dogg

If I learned anything from my time in Kosovo this summer, it was that Kosovars have a great affinity for American culture. Therefore, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that they love Snoop Dogg.

From the larger-than-life golden statue of Bill Clinton that waves at drivers as they merge onto the Bill Clinton Memorial Highway, to the Fourth of July celebrations that took place on the main street, Kosovars have a long-standing and deep respect for America.

If Kosovars love all things American, then music certainly is no exception. Kosovars love American music, especially hip-hop and pop music. Hip-hop and top-40 songs can be heard everywhere in Kosovo - from dance clubs to coffee shops to bootlegged CD stores.

…There were three opening acts, all of which were Albanian and Kosovar rap and pop groups. After a few hours of opening acts, the crowd began to get restless until one of the opening acts started a pro-Albania chant. The majority of Kosovars are ethnic Albanians, so the cheer got everyone excited.

Snoop Dogg himself was late, typical of rap concerts. He came straight from the airport and walked on stage chanting, “Are you ready, Kosovo?”

The crowd went wild as the star took the stage and performed hits like “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” “Gin and Juice” and “Ups and Downs.”

…[T]he highlight of the night by far was when he waved the Albanian flag. Kosovars across Pristina were reportedly able to hear the screams and cheers, and YouTube videos of that celebratory moment sprung up almost immediately.

I had the opportunity to be interviewed for an Albanian newscast, along with Alex Jendrek, one of the other students I was with, and some of our local friends. Though we found it funny at the time, looking back, it was a great moment to be a part of an entire nation’s celebration, a nation I grew to love while spending my summer there.

My advice to Snoop Dogg on Kosovo: Drop it like it’s hot.

As for Albanians having a “longstanding and deep respect for America”, if college students were actually taught how to think, they might consider that post-1999 isn’t very “long,” and that loving a place for what it’s done for your ethnic wars isn’t “deep.” Do the scenes the writer describes not strike her even a little as over-the-top? Perhaps the America-fest is about something other than loving America for what it is?

(Meanwhile, I notice that both the blogger and her friend have Slavic-sounding last names; hopefully neither of them speaks a word of his/her grandparents’ language, so that they made it through their beloved Kosovo adventure alive.)