The following comment was left on this blog by Anonymous. I pulled it out of comments and put it here - because it is an important message.
To BET Legal:
Years ago, when our local cable channel tried to take BET out of their line-up, I organized a campaign that led to them reconsidering that move. Over the years, I've watched you pull every show worth watching, such as BET on Jazz, and black documentaries, replacing them with the trash and buffoonery we see today. My thought is that A: The staff is actually composed of white KKK members, bent on showing us in as bad a light as possible, or B: This station has been taken over by a staff of backward thinking, ghetto minded, uneducated, African Americans, who lack the insight, education and Will to bring quality to what should be a channel for ALL our people, and not just the thugs being currently catered to. What you've shown is that you don't value the black community at all, just the meager monies you bring in to "get paid".
To say that the the awards show was a disgrace is charitable, at best. I never thought that I would say this, but if this was the best you could offer, I can't blame the rest of America for laughing at us as a race, and thinking that we can't organize, and that we'll always settle for whatever we're given. You've brought shame to all of us, and the damage you've done both to our image, and the psyche of Black America is incomprehensible.
That being said, I want you to know that I will do everything in my power to get rid of BET. And I think that we as a people should start to take a long look at ourselves, and take back control of our culture from these no talent "Artists". And to Jamie Fox: I'm DONE with you, "Brother".
Rap music has given us nothing. It's designed for people who can barely sing, can't write, and are too lazy to play an instrument. No, a turntable is not an instrument. It's financed by white America, and our young people stupid enough to fall for the hype. It's like watching kids on the playground telling each other nasty words. We're better than that, people. All of us.
You need to shut BET down. Or you need to start respecting us as a community of intelligent, proud, African Americans.
Shame on all of you, and condolences to the Jackson family, both for their loss, and the added suffering of being associated with this so-called "tribute". I'm so very sorry.....
Tuesday, June 30, 2009