Ranting about Ranting

18 Jan

WARNING: This is going to be a stream of consciousness rant. This is also not addressed to the critiques themselves as it is more about the discontinued support. Everyone will have critiques and I think that’s normal.

We’ve have already had a post about the newly revived show, “The Game” and you can read that here. Please leave comments if you do. This is about the backlash that the show has received. When The Game was cancelled, black people finally figured out the definition of unity and came together for a common purpose. Through all the petitions, phone calls, etc. The Game was revived. Now, after one freakin episode some black people have gotten on their conveniently placed high horses and abandoned ship. This has been frustrating for me and disheartening. I personally think people went in to the show with a more critical eye because it was on BET. If TVOne had picked the show up, my timeline may have been filled with people excusing certain things and delivering softer criticism because they were rooting for the network.

My twitter timeline was filled with comments like:

“BET ruined this ish. Should have stayed cancelled.”

“This is some coon mess.”

“And so much for that, I’m not supporting this BS.”

These are from the same people who spent hours pumping the show up the week before. Some people argue that the quality of black TV will not get better until we quit supporting and demand better. Ummm, newsflash. Black people do not support black shows and that is the problem. That is like saying, “I don’t vote because I want the politicians to care more about my issue.” The entertainment industry thrives off of viewership because that essentially means more money. Black shows will not be given the same respect (money) in the industry if we do not support them. Point blank, our shows need viewership to increase the funding which may in turn, increase the quality.

Also, black people seem to be quite comfortable putting money into the majority’s pockets by frequenting such trash as Jersey Shore or anything else on MTV for that matter. In addition, blacks watched For the Love of Ray J and I Love New York with no regard to their high horses. I personally have no problem with people supporting these shows, but I do have a problem with them complaining about the quality of The Game while supporting these shows. It seems hypocritical to me and it’s at the expense of our shows.

P.S. “Let’s Stay Together” is a new black comedy that airs after The Game. There was plenty of critique for it too. Although, it is actually a pretty solid show that could be described as a combination of “For Your Love” and “Martin”. I know plenty of Martin lovers who have denounced “Let’s Stay Together” for being too coonish. I’m a HUGE Martin fan, but it doesn’t get much more coonish than that. Well, maybe Good Times…but that’s another post.


Posted by on January 18, 2011 in Money, Television


10 responses to “Ranting about Ranting

  1. Realist23

    January 18, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    “Money in the majority’s pockets…” Aren’t you doing the same thing? Last I checked, BET is not black-owned and Viacom owns BET, MTV, and VH1.

    • primemeridian11

      January 18, 2011 at 10:46 PM

      Mike “The Situation” made 10 million dollars last year. When I made that statement, I was talking about more than the company.

      • The King's Law

        January 18, 2011 at 10:53 PM

        But it’s not black produced either… Kelsey Grammer sees that money.

        • primemeridian11

          January 18, 2011 at 10:56 PM

          . The producers and networks will always make money. Unfortunately, most of them are not black owned, so that’s a moot point. I’m talking about employment opportunities for black actresses and actors and money in their pockets.

  2. The King's Law

    January 18, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    What’s the point of employing them for the sake of? Especially when they don’t really “act” as much as they “act up” and portray silly characters?

    It’s no where near as bad a Tyler Perry… but the show is truly mediocre. Black folk just need a show to attach themselves to in order to have vicarious ownership of influence in the film/tv industry.

    The sharp contrast of opinion from when it was booted to now might show that everybody is realizing this.

  3. justinfication

    January 19, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    It’s difficult to enjoy something that’s getting called out on ‘Black’ twitter all the time(whether rightfully so or not).

    It’s a sum of the entertainment business, the public’s constant discontent, and the means/liberty we have to express our opinions.

    Any black show (with alot of hype) will have this kind of debate around it. Not even a black award show can go on without.

    “Lost”, “Heroes”, “The Office” [all hit shows withint he past 3 years] have had just as much of a disgruntle/bipolar audience. I say that because I watched them and use to follow the blogs.

    Opinions have the biggest platform today than they’ve ever had in the history of mankind. We have to constantly gear ourselves around them.

  4. Typo-Critical

    January 19, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    “Everyone will have critiques and I think that’s normal.” <- so primemeridian doesn't want people to have opinions now? LOL I'm just playing.

    I actually think you're quite right on the point that people are more critical of The Game now that it's on BET. BET's reputation hasn't exactly helped matters (though it would do them a disservice to say they didn't at least try in 2010 and 2011). I have my own opinions about The Game and its current path this season, but you can bet I won't be changing my channel any time soon (I'll just be watching "The Good Wife" first lol). Arguably, this does speak to this generation's idea of loyalty to a cause, though: we rally behind what's popular, then when we get what we want and it's not EXACTLY how we want it, we don't want it anymore. This (Black) generation is just spoiled.

    However, for true fans of The Game, we'd be making the same comments if the show was on TVOne and still looked the way it currently does; the network ain't the issue, the programming is (though it's easier to blame the network since it's BET). Thanks to utpipeline's post, I'm catching the sarcasm/message behind things a bit more. And while I don't appreciate the all-over-the-placeness of the first two episodes, I think it's worth giving the show time. The reality is, the people who complaining will still be tuning in week after week after week until the season finale. I wouldn't get too bothered by the whiners.

  5. MichaelYoungHistory

    January 20, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Ranting is always fun


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