Since BET's Celebration of Gospel is airing this Sunday, I thought now was as good a time as any to ask-- What's really going on?
It's the Perpetual Headscratcher, something we wondered about even before Black Entertainment Television began it's certain course of devolution. Monday through Saturday, the programming consists of content that doesn't offend as much as it makes me chuckle at how inconsequential and low-brow it is:
Keyshia Cole: The Way it Is: in which Keylolo asserts her street cred by putting her and her loved ones' business on blast.
106 & Park: TRL rip-off that cow-tows to 12-year-olds, who apparently possess all the purchasing power and relevance needed to sustain a healthy and thriving music industry.
Rap City: A show that wouldn't dare play Little Brother.
ComicView and Jamie Foxx Show reruns, which are less-funny versions of the old Def Comedy Jam and Martin, respectively.
Then on Sunday they get around to piling on Jesus.
Let's get one thing out of the way, this isn't about religion. God is Good. End of story. But what I'm wondering is, is BET trying to draw an unfair parallel between the viewing habits and lifestyles of black people? Are we expected to be sinners Monday through Saturday only to become an extreme God-fearing flock on Sunday? And is a stockpile of programming that consists of shouting, caterwauling and devotion enough to undo everything that aired the rest of the week?
And furthermore, why aren't the artists and evangelicals that air on Sunday TOTALLY PISSED at being associated with such a network?- Advertisement -
Black people, we are so much more than Hip-Hop, Gospel and Basketball. I'm not joining the chorus crying for the return of Teen Summit, nor do I sit around griping about how BET is destroying the public image of Black people (I'd rather make fun of the network instead). All I'm saying is, there needs to be some balance brought into the equation, a happy medium if you will. You don't undo extremes with more extremes. The unintentional, careless irony is far too glaring and we aren't stupid.
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