I try to avoid pictures on this site due to copyright issues, but I think this falls well within fair use since I am criticizing them for displaying their corporate logos along site a "blackface" cartoon and promoting a show called "Hot Ghetto Mess" Clearly THIS is not what they thought BET would bring to their brand. So Looks like we got. State Farm ( really disappointing), KFC, AT&T and Daimler Chrysler. Earlier I saw a Target ad. I hadn't mastered screen captures then, but I am sure it will roll around again. I suspect that once they find out about this, they will try to erase all evidence that they actually sponsored this foolishness. I KNOW the banner ads run randomly, and these companies have no idea what BET is doing with their brands. That is my point. BET executives can't be trusted with your brand.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Viacom Uses “Blackface” Cartoon Character to Promote New Show - - What About Our Daughters? Calls for AT&T and DaimlerChrysler to Withdraw Advertising from Viacom Network and Website.
TX --June 30, 2007-- Viacom is using a “blackface” cartoon character to promote its newest show, “Hot Ghetto Mess.” The graphic for the show features a cartoon character with a black face and white lips surrounded by a red circle with a line drawn through it. The concept of the show is offensive enough, but the accompanying graphic indicates that the creators of the show believe that African Americans deemed “ghetto” are “Sambos“, “Golliwoggs” or “Picaninnies.”
DaimlerChrysler and AT&T, whose advertisements appear prominently above and beside the graphic, clearly are not aware that their ads are being featured prominently in association with a “black face” cartoon character on BET.com. The fact that BET executives believe that this graphic is the best representation of the show exhibits a level of contempt for African Americans and history that would not be tolerated at any other television network. Viacom should not be allowed to make BET a cultural “superfund” site, where the most vile and racist images of African Americans are broadcast to the world.
The blog, What About Our Daughters? calls for DaimlerChrysler and AT&T to withdraw advertising from all BET properties including all BET networks and BET.com. The executives at BET clearly cannot be trusted with the AT&T and DaimlerChrysler brands.
How much is Black America going to take from a company that is making hundreds of millions of dollars on the backs of Black viewers? How long are large corporations going to subsidize degrading images of African Americans? This is just a latest in a prolonged and consistent pattern of BET profiting off of promoting images that malign and degrade African Americans.
The graphic is located here at http://www.bet.com/BETShows/HGM_AboutTheShow.htm or at WhatAboutOurDaughters.blogspot.com. What About Our Daughters? is a blog dedicated to combating negative portrayals of African American women in popular culture.
For information: http://whataboutourdaughters.blogspot.com
“Combating negative portrayals of African American women in popular culture.”
They aren't open on the weekend, but come Monday morning. AT&T and Chrysler's phones will be ringing. This is ridiculous even for BET.
I am going to sleep now, but you can BEST BELIEVE we will be discussing this on the Black Women's Round Table tomorrow at Noon CST. Pastor Tatum from the Ft. Worth protest will be one of our guests, the other will be a blogger from the blog " The Last Plantation."
Update ( Sat. Morning): It breaks my heart to report that when I returned to the BET site this morning, a Target ad was being featured prominently. As image-conscious as Target is, I am surprised they entrusted their brand to BET executives.
I was doing some research for that project I have been waiting on related to boycotting BET's advertisers so I HAD to go to their website. While I was there I saw that they have a new show called " Hot Ghetto Mess." I knew it couldn't be good, but when I clicked on the BET.com page for the show, I was shocked to see them utilizing a sambo-like character to promote the show. Above the graphic is an ad for AT&T. Beside the graphic is an ad for the Dodge Avenger.
The graphic for the show is a a cartoon in "blackface" with a circle aorund it and a line drawn through it. I guess the message is that African American who are "ghetto" are " Golliwoggs" or "pickaninnies" ?
What will it take for African American people to realize that Viacom and its employees either HATE or are CONTEMPTUOUS of African American people? There is clearly such a culture of disrespect within the Viacom organization that NO ONE saw anything wrong with displaying an advertisement for DaimlerChrysler and AT&T along side this graphic. There is clearly no corporate conscience within that organization. This proves it folks! It is late, but I wanted to get the word out about this now.
I called the NBC news desk and of course the person who answered was not African American and didn't quite grasp what my objection was. As usual we'll have to do the hard work ourselves folks. Don't count on MSM to get this one for about TWO months!
Last week we told y'all about the " Stop Listening to Trash" campaign started by a church in Chicago. Well this week the news keeps spreading. I am telling y'all people are hungry for change. Anyway, CNN now has the story covered, and SOHH is reporting that Twista ( whoever that is) has responded. Pull out the tissue and pull out a shot glass. Let's count how many times he blames "society" for the words that come out of HIS mouth. He is clearly a student of the Russell Simmons School of Obfuscation and Redirection.
"People need to stop blaming music for the things that go wrong because it's the people doing things that are doing them and not the music. The money from those billboards could easily be going to help make the schools in Chicago better, which will help make the city better. People don't seem to want to help and solve the problem but just want to find things to blame for what is going on. I love the city and give back whenever I can. I've been a supporter of schools like the Choir Academy for years and think it's important to give back so that we can improve the city to get rid of some things that are going on."
Just be a man and say you like to talk about misogyny, crime, violence and drugs already. Notice how these artists love to deflect criticism by trying to dictate what people should exercise their FIRST AMENDMENT right to dissent. I refer you to my series, " The First Amendment Hypocrites"
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F.Y.I. that TMZ Roboho story I wrote about THREE DAYS AGO has finally hit the majors, Eurweb, SOHH, Bossip and YBF are covering it. But y'all saw it here first ( well technically second)
I know. I know. I promised not to mention a certain D-List comedian for at least seven days. So I shall refer to hims as "He Who Shall Not Be Named" (HWSNBN). I recently was contacted by Pastor Tatum, he organized the Ft. Worth protest and is now calling on Al Sharpton ( good luck with that one) and other leaders in NYC to protest HWSNBN when he appears at Caroline's in a
week. The Forth Worth Weekly has some background on what has happened since the Ft. Worth protest of HWSNBN.
In an e-mail to Tatum, Rutgers University President Richard L. McCormick said he
appreciated the Hughley boycott. “Thank you for your message of support for the
Rutgers women’s basketball team,” McCormick wrote. “We are proud of the dignity
and grace with which these 10 student athletes conducted themselves throughout
the controversy ... .”
I didn't know that Eddie started to boo after HWSNBN called Hillary Clinton out of her name.
Griffin was arrested inside the hall during Hughley’s performance. He had
started booing and shouting after Hughley referred to U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton
of New York as a “bitch.” “He was referring to the former first lady and one of
the leading presidential candidates in such a derogatory manner, and I spoke
up,” Griffin said. “The next thing I knew, I was being carried out.”
More after work folks!