Ohhhh BET. You done up and done it now. I was over you a looooong time ago. Yep. I’ve been through. But because I love Black people, and I love the fact that we have a TV station to call our own, I try to watch what I say about you. But this…DISTEWMUCH.
— BET (@BET) August 6, 2015
Now there’s a lot of things I let slide. I let you guys play “Baby Boy” every f*cking day for five years straight. I let you torture us with the last few seasons of “The Game.” I even let you air a slave movie every 6 months. (Because that’s what we need to see every day of our lives) But since God ain’t done working on me yet, I CANNOT let this little ‘Uncut’ situation fall through the cracks. NOPE.
I’m sick of your sh*t. Really, I am. Like, this is the FUBU of TV, and this is all you guys can come up with? And that’s no shade to FUBU because FUBU is effing legendary, OK? The point is, this is supposed to be for us, by us…but as of late, I don’t even know who you are. There’s a stranger in my house. Tamia.
Here’s 8 Reasons Why I’m Through With You
1. You sold out.
How you gonna sell your soul to the devil? VIACOM?? REALLY? This is who you sold BET to. Think long and hard about this.
2. You’re Not Even F*cking Trying
You’re basically the Democratic party. You’re taking our votes for granted. You think we’re just gonna vote you in because you’re “on the team?” Nah. You gotta prove that you’re worthy. Right now…you’re not.
3. You Took Teen Summit Away From Us
You took Teen Summit away from us, only to replace it with…nothing. Raise your hand if you LOVED Teen Summit.
Everybody. Everybody loved Teen Summit, BET. And what have you given us, since?
4. Where’s The Basement/Rap City?
You know, BET…not everyone has a computer or phone attached to them 24/7. Some people actually get their entertainment from the television. We want to see our favorite artists on TV…there’s no reason why you can’t have a fun, exciting show that’s dedicated to Hip Hop. And not this new age Hip Hop…but a show dedicated to real lyricists who are dedicated to their craft. It can even be hosted by some of the old heads like Talib Kweli. You’re supposed to be uplifting our culture…you’re supposed to enlighten. You’re supposed to keep the good parts of Hip Hop alive. You’re not.
5. You Ruined 106 & Park For Us
LOOK AT WHAT ONCE WAS! You took AJ & Free from us. We’ll never forgive you.
6. Black People Like More Than the Sh*t You Air on a Regular
Excuse me. But this monolithic, stereotypical, inaccurate representation of Black folk makes me gag. Like, not all of us like the same things. You do know that, right? Some of us like politics, some of us like to cook, some of us like fashion, some of us like drama, some of us like jazz, some of us like travel, and yes, some of us like to twerk. But guess what? You don’t give us those options to choose from. It’s either reality TV CRAP, or a poorly written, low budget show that is highly predictable. Or it’s a show about Jesus. Because Black folk LOVES US SOME JESUS!
7. You Brought Back Uncut
For what? What’s the agenda here? Now don’t get me wrong. I’m down for a little raunch on most days that end with “Y.” I’d be lying if I said I didn’t stay up late to watch ‘Uncut’ as a teen. (Mama, cover your ears) BUT! How DARE YOU bring back ‘Uncut’ before you bring back any of the other fifty-leven positive shows you could have reached back in the closet for? Where’s Ed Gordon when you need him?
8. You Have Power, and You’re Not Using It
You have the AUDACITY to be a very well known television station that reaches millions of people…and you have nothing to offer. Sure. Other stations have horrible programming too. I mean VH1 is basically reality TV 24/7. Bravo too. BUT they’re names aren’t White Entertainment Television. You have the unmitigated gall to call yourselves Black Entertainment Television, and give the rest of the world the impression that you represent US. Well I got news for you: You don’t. You don’t represent me, and you don’t represent most of the people I know. We’re all fed up. Yea, we watch….but it’s mainly out of obligation. I’d even venture to say we watch out of habit. Many of us grew up loving BET for what you had to offer…because you used your voice…I think we’re all hoping that one day, we’ll get that old thang back. But now I see that we’re too far gone. You’re irresponsible, and you should be ashamed. You need some fresh faces, some new ideas, and basically y’all need to hire me. Lemme upgrade ya.
An 80’s baby.