Do you remember those days of rushing home to catch the latest episode of 106 & Park? I’m not talking about the episodes hosted by Terrance and Roxi, although both were fairly decent, but the AJ & Free hosted episodes that aired right after Big Tigger’s Rap City!
From its debut in 1980 all the way up to 2005, BET was once a channel that Black people had great admiration for. Today, however, it has lost much integrity. So much so that once faithful viewers are only left reminiscing of how it used to be. Although some may still enjoy the channel, here are five reasons most don’t:
- BET degrades the Black community
It’s obvious to see that the glorification of slutty behavior and gangsterism pretty much destroyed BET. Long gone are the days of promoting respectable black men and women who value each other. The channel is now oversaturated with mindless shows, degrading rap videos, and stereotypical movies.
2. It’s no longer Black owned
In 2000, BET was bought by Viacom for $2.3 Billion. Viacom is a media powerhouse that owns CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, and several other channels. This deal resulted in BET executives losing complete control of the channel’s direction.
Sheila Johnson, ex wife of founder Robert Johnson, says:
“I don’t watch it. I suggest to my kids that they don’t watch it… I’m ashamed of it, if you want to know the truth.”
3. Lack of appeal
BET is no longer appealing. The channel has lost its competitive edge and has resulted in showing re-runs of shows from other channels such as ABC’s Scandal. BET was also criticized for showing little to no coverage of the 20-year anniversary of the Million Man March. As a result the BET Awards lost over 1 million viewers.