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.