View Full Version : Criticisms Of BET

Ultimate Fist
01-18-2007, 09:35 PM
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Many prominent media critics, including Public Enemy rapper Chuck D [1], journalist George Curry[2], Howard University [3], writer Keith Boykin [4], comic book writer/artist/editor Christopher Priest [5], filmmaker Spike Lee [6] and writer/cartoonist Aaron McGruder of The Boondocks, have protested BET's programming and actions. One of the most commonly-heard complaints is the fact that BET's programming is mostly music entertainment, particularly Hip-hop and rap music, and does not focus on the public affairs of the black community. This criticism expanded in the light of Viacom's cutbacks of BET's public affairs department, which resulted in the firing of BET Tonight talk show host and social commentator Tavis Smiley in March 2001 [7] [8], and the cancellations of the youth panel forum Teen Summit and morning news broadcast Lead Story in 2002.
Eminem was one of the first artists to have one of his videos banned on BET after protests from Michael Jackson, Steve Harvey and others after the release of "Just Lose It", a video that parodied and mocked Michael Jackson's numerous alleged plastic surgeries and sleepovers with children. The response backfired after critics stated that Eminem's video parody is far tamer than Nelly's "Tip Drill", a video that makes derogatory references as well as degrading images of women, although this video airs after-hours on BET Uncut along with more provocative videos. In 2005, BET banned Little Brother's video "Lovin' It" from the album The Minstrel Show. BET's program director commented that this was because the video was "too intelligent" for their target audience. However on the music section of their website BET decided to show the video as part of the group being a new and upcoming group.[1]
The channel has been scrutinized by members of the Black community who feel that the channel perpetuates harmful Black stereotypes by primarily airing hip-hop videos that often have misogynistic, materialistic, and/or violent themes. As a result, BET heavily censors suggestive content from the videos that it airs, often with entire verses removed from certain rap videos. Detractors are also quick to point out the irony they see in the network's choice to also show strong religious programming once a week, although they fail to realize that religious programming actually airs Monday through Saturday on the network from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. (EST) in addition to the Sunday programming. Not long ago people began referring to acronym BET standing for "Black Exploitation Television".
A 2004 incident on Fox News Channel noted BET only aired an increasing number of raunchy music videos played during a continuous time period on Saturdays, where more viewers of the younger generation are known to watch, and forced host Bill O'Reilly to discuss the issue with a host, who had been let go by MTV in its takeover of BET, in a debate with BET staff members.
BET has been criticized by some Christian evangelicals not for music videos, but for its morning religious lineup. Each morning, BET broadcasts evangelical TV shows, and hosts include Robert Tilton, Don Stewart, and Peter Popoff, who have been criticized for their money-brings-miracles theology and who have had spats with the law (Popoff's ministry's tax-exempt status was recently revoked in Canada).
BET was also criticized in 2005 for naming its "Man of the Year" Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam.[9]
In 2005, BET allegedly released to employees a list of banned music videos and artists deemed "too intelligent" and not relevant to its intended audience of young black teenagers. This list included Hip-Hop acts such as Dead Prez, Little Brother, Talib Kweli, and others. Ironically, BET has given airplay to the Nas song "Hip-Hop is Dead", which is critical of modern trends in hip-hop, and the song was performed live on 106 & Park on December 18, 2006. [10]

Ultimate Fist
01-18-2007, 09:37 PM
They're right on with the religious programs- I see them selling "miracle water" and shit.

01-18-2007, 11:57 PM
i dont know if the management of BET were really aiming for a cultural beacon for black people in America... what i resent BET for is mostly musical.. how they promote the shittiest, most brainless and normal rap as the end-all be all of hip-hop, they dont understand what made the culture such a commercial boom. the music. every once in a while theres nice flashes, but they are a big culprit of the spread of booty rap. i hate it.

watching 106 and park makes me angry its really annoying.. lots of ignorance in the world this shit dont help


Dirty Knowledge
01-20-2007, 04:14 AM
BET is whack as hell usually. I watch it because programming is better than most but they have some stupid intentions. The new 106 is so cliche and cheesy, it's obvious where they're trying to go. The new Rap City is the same, they made it "friendlier"... BET ain't keeping it real no more real shit.

01-20-2007, 04:26 AM
this was because the video was "too intelligent"

that pretty much sums it up right here. They dumb people down and have every intention of keeping it that way. I'd boycott 'em if I already didn't have cable. That's absolute bullshit.

01-20-2007, 11:45 AM
all those critics would accept a BET award tho.

maestro wooz
01-20-2007, 05:06 PM
who thinks its a coincidence that bet pushes not intelligent music that appeals to stereotypes while also pushing a heavy christian agenda. Ugh, i hate this world sometimes.

BET fell the fuck off, rap city the bassment was the shit with big tigga and farther back in the day, but i cant even bring myself to put the channel on now, unless its the standup shit which i check for a second before realizing its the same played out black comics everytime.

01-20-2007, 05:09 PM
everytime i come accross that channel its a skinny black dood with over sized clothes on rapping about his gold grill and rims while big booty bitches dance.....im sure its a different video everytime but i cant tell.

01-21-2007, 11:51 AM
hip-hop is dead in the mind of the public

BET murdered that bitch

01-21-2007, 01:02 PM
not to mention bet is owned by a white man

01-21-2007, 01:57 PM
Hiphop didn't die, it escaped! It will live forever as long as it shall live with us.
BET was the shell of a bullet thats been shot, at the speed of sound. Shall I ride the bullet?

01-22-2007, 12:28 AM
BET is 98 percent garbage.

01-22-2007, 12:34 AM
I want my WET channel

Ultimate Fist
01-22-2007, 01:50 PM
I want my WET channel

You'd have to find a way to make it as shitty as BET.

Have heavy metal bands that can't play good at all for hours a day.

Have church shows by Lutherans and Catholics instead of Pentecoastals and Baptists.

What else?

01-24-2007, 04:13 PM
only worse channels are tbn and upn

03-10-2007, 03:51 PM
BET is horrible now and i'm glad blacks are dissing the network. Bob Johnson should've never sold the network. If he was still in charge, maybe their programs that got cancelled like Teen Summit, Tavis Smiley show, Ed Gordon show and other educational programs would still be on the network. I don't even watch BET anymore. I haven't watched Rap City in so long and even if i had the time to watch it, i wouldn't watch it because of the wack videos they show. Rap City has no variety anymore. Back in the 90's, they used to show rappers from everywhere. Now they mostly show southern trash rappers. 106 And Park is a joke. When Free left, that show was over. She was the reason why guys were watching the show LOL. Do you think guys were watching the show because of the videos? Hell no LOL. TV One is better than BET and that network is black owned. I hope it stays black owned. The black lady Cathy Hughes who owns TV One used to be the owner of a black radio station in Maryland or Washington DC.