Snoop Dogg, Ricky Martin, Brad Pitt Raise The Bar For ‘Superdads’

Photo: Snoop Dogg and family arrive at Nickelodeon

Give Pops the Father’s Day gift of guilt by comparing him to these ambitious fellas. First on the list of superdads–Ricky Martin.

Since 2005, the performer has extended his fatherly instincts to thousands of kids around the world by way of the Ricky Martin Foundation, which “advocates for the well being of children around the globe in critical areas such as social justice, education and health.” He’s the proud papa to twin boys, born to a surrogate mom in 2008. After coming out as a “fortunate homosexual man” last year, he became a poster boy for one of the many new takes on a healthy modern family.

Then there’s Nick Cannon, who we haven’t been shy about loving through all of his acts of public service. He’s a mentor, he fights hunger, and now, with the help of human butterfly Mariah Carey, he’s father to twins Monroe and Moroccan Scott, who, according to my best guess, bathe in pink and blue rhinestone baby whirlpools and keep their parents on the lookout for ways to make their world a better place.

True, Snoop Dogg spent the ’90s singing odes to endo, gin and juice, but he’s softened in his manhood. These days, he can be seen dancing in his throne on a cotton candy cloud, sporting a cupcake-themed tuxedo and a candy cane–or, alternately, heading up the Snoop Youth Football League, his multicity program that keeps kids on the field and off the streets–all while running his “Father Hood.”

Lastly, charitable work aside (including, but not limited to, founding Make It Right, founding Not On Our Watch and overseeing the Jolie-Pitt Foundation), Brad Pitt continues to get our accolades just for staying sane. We’ll forgive the greasy hair, Brad. Keep up the good parenting.

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