Does VH1 hate black women?
Any of you fruits heard about the controversy re: this show Interracial Love?
It was going to be yet another one of these dating-based reality series on VH1, not unlike Flavor of Love, except in this case 20 to 30 "professional" black women would vie for the affection of a single white man, just like back in slavery!
Unfortunately, VH1 has decided to pass on the series, which has been the cause of much controversy in the burgeoning community of black female McCarthyites. Many are suggesting that the real reason VH1 passed on the series is because it didn't portray black people (read black women) in a negative-enough light.
According to someone in the know, though presumably not the series' disgruntled creator, one Latasha Jones (I know), the series was brought up in a meeting and one TI even went so far as to say, "It is our thoughts that the viewers are more interested in seeing black people in a ghetto role. This show will not sell."
It remains to be seen whether this issue will rise to the same level as, say, Hot Ghetto Mess or the Jena Six (or even the Willie Lynch letter and the upcoming repeal of the 13th amendment, for that matter), but I wonder if this is really as much of an outrage as some have us believe anyway.
First of all, I'm not sure if I buy into this idea that VH1 lives to degrade black women in the first place. Lest we forget, the lamentable Flavor of Love juggernaut (bitch!) actually began with The Surreal Life, in which Flav was getting it on with Sylvester Stallone's '80s-era giantess of a wife Brigitte Nielson, who just so happens to be white.
And then there was that series in which he would fondle her (considerable) rack in a hot tub and make her wear goofy hats, in an attempt to convince her to marry him. Which, I'm assuming, is also how he went about wooing the mothers of his 8 or 9 children - all of whom, I should note, just so happen to be black.
Or maybe he just gave them some crack.
Then, then he couldn't talk Brigitte Nielsen into marrying him, VH1 came up with Flavor of Love.
But here's the thing. Today we think of Flavor of Love as being a show that features the worst of black women (though at least most of them have nice bodies), but the show actually started out with several white women sprinkled into the mix. If the show ended up with all black chicks, it's because the black chicks outcompeted the white chicks, by crapping on the floor, spitting on one another and what have you.
Now, who's fault is that?
Furthermore, from what I understand, VH1 also has a series in which lower class white women compete to get it on with Bret Michaels from Poison, just like back in the '80s! If this series doesn't feature any floor-crapping or spitting, I would suggest it's a testament to the more civilized nature of white women, but that would just be racist. At any rate, I've yet to hear much in the way of outrage re: Rock of Love.
Also, I'm not so sure that I buy into the idea that this series was about to portray black women in a positive light in the first place. So what these women all have professional careers. Presumably, the idea behind Interracial Love is that they couldn't find a similarly successful black man, and so they've decided to find themselves a white boy. If this is true, doesn't it suggest that black women are gold diggers?
Indeed it's my suspicion that the woman who came up with this bullshit never had any intention on uplifting the black race in the first place. She was just trying to get paid, and now that she isn't she's gonna play the race card. Fuck that shit!
And for their part, VH1 has made it a point to note that this bullshit was unsolicited to begin with, which makes me wonder why anyone should give a shit. Maybe I'll go shoot a reality series about Dr. King's corpse and then if they pass on it, I'll sue their asses for discrimination.
No but really, why shouldn't I be able to watch black women act like unscrupulous, gold-digging beeyotches on television if I want? Maybe that's my idea of entertainment and not some indicator of how I feel about black women as a race. After all, I've seen videos where white women spit on people during sex, and that hasn't affected my opinion of every white woman I meet.
Which brings me to my point.
If black women have such an issue with the way they're portrayed on VH1, perhaps it's because they see a bit of themselves in the likes of New York and Deelishis. If that's the case, then maybe they should work on fixing home first. Then none of this would even be an issue.
I would suggest they just stop watching, but they probably don't anyway. That's how McCarthyism works.