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!
Since its debut in 1980 all the way up to 2005, BET was once a channel that African Americans had great admiration for. Today, however, it has lost much integrity. So much so that even once faithful viewers are now left with a sad case of nostalgia. Although some may still enjoy Black Entertainment Television, here are five reasons most don’t:
- BET degrades the Black community
It’s obvious to see that the misrepresentation of black people has nearly obliterated B.E.T.’s reputation. Long gone are the days of promoting respectable black men and women who value each other. The channel is now oversaturated with misogyny, gossip, and violence from whichever popular re-run they decided to air (Love & Hip Hop is tiring, no seriously).
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 creative control of the channel’s direction.
Sheila Johnson, ex wife of founder Robert Johnson, says she doesn’t even watch it anymore:
“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 may do some good things, but in the main, it’s a vehicle through which black people exploit rather than uplift other blacks. BET’s lack of ambition is particularly disappointing, because the issue of who owns the printing press, or in this instance, the network, is critical. While some may criticize Worldstarhiphop, BET helped usher in the degradation of black people.