Are black people willing to sell their self-respect just to sell television?
|Are black people voodoo dolls for VH-1?
How are black men and women represented on television? Why African Americans are instantaneously stereotyped as being "loud" and "ghetto" people. Do we, as black people, create a bad persona of ourselves? Why do we continue to "act a fool" on television to increase the "White Man’s" ratings. Honestly, how much of this "GhettoFab" television can we continue to watch? African Americans are portrayed as every black person on television, and television shows like "Flavor of Love" and "I Love New York" are main cases of black stereotype on television. Are black people willing to sell their self-respect and the respect of other black people, just to sell television?
Television channels such as VH-1 and MTV, which are "white-owned enterprises", create stereotypical shows. VH-1, which is mainly a pop music channel, is the creators of black controversial television shows such as "Flavor of Love" and "I Love New York". The star of one of the most controversial shows on television, rapper Flava Flav from the former hip-hop group, Public Enemy, has raised much tension for African American women. In Flava Flav's television show, "Flavor of Love", Flava Flava is on a journey to find love in a mansion full of horny women who are obviously seeking fame. On this television show, “Flavor of Love", black women are revealed as "golddigging whores" and evidently uneducated. Also another controversial television show called "I Love New York", which is a spin-off of Flava Flav's television show, stars a former contestant of "Flavor of Love" who, like Flava Flav, is on the path to finding love. The former "Flavor of Love" contestant, "New York", is on a search to find true love in a huge house filled with men who are also searching for love, if it comes with their own reality television show. An example of black stereotype was a contestant on the televison show, "I Love New York", called "Chance". This character reached rating heights for the television show with his "hoodstar" image. Black men from harsh environments are perceived to be "trapstars" or "thugs" because of a television shows like "I Love New York". Why do black people continue to set themselves up for denigration, which I like call, “niggerism”?
"I have nothing against rap music; I'm a fan of hip-hop music". Actually, I have a homemade CD in my car called, "pimping" and "pumping". This was a statement by a white woman on the BET special, "America vs. Hip-Hop". What this white woman said was startling but was convincing. She, like people other than blacks, visualizes most black people living a "hoodrich" lifestyle. We, as black people, create our own image, but we continue to portray the wrong image when we are on television or music radio. There are many African Americans who are educated, established business-owners, and haven't committed any type of crimes, but every black person can't star in their own reality television show. Also a black person who is a good citizen would not bring television show better ratings. We are living in an age where "stupidity" sells, and people would rather see black people unbelievably "act a fool".
Will there ever be any resolution to this "GhettoFab" television? Many music artists and activist groups who are concerned with the future of black society have protested and even held debates on news television shows. But we can't come to a decision if we as black people don't have self-respect for ourselves and our culture. If we continue to give in we will be the stepping chair for white people and white business-owners. Let us, as African Americans, be the future for prospering businesses and become prospering business-owners. Just one black person on television can reflect all black people across America. It is up to you to immobilize VH-1, or any television corporations, from sticking a pin in all black people.