Thursday, March 29, 2007

Confessions of a BET Producer

D. Brad is making the rounds online. I'm curious what BET's formal response will be.

6 comments:

Brother Spotless said...

Interesting insight in how Rap City had the power to start a career.

Brother Lightness said...

Interesting how he didn't decide to speak out until his name began to be dragged through the mud. Did BET's larger cultural exploitation and degradation not bother him as much?

Brother Spotless said...

It seems to me that it did bother him, but that $400 a week filled the hole in his soul...

Brother Lightness said...

Exactly Spotless. You can't portray yourself as overly righteous when you were (and quite possibly still are) eating from tree of exploitation.

Brother Spotless said...

Is Steven Hill still at BET? Even if homeboy's self portrayal is missplaced, his statements don't have to be dismissed.

Rap City at one point was a show that would promote artists that weren't necessarily "name brand" but who had skills. For that reason, the show had the respect of a lot of individuals (and apparently MTV producers). If Hill is the person responsible for its transformation to Minstrel Theatre, perhaps people can put pressure on BET to fire Hill...

Brother Lightness said...

While Hill is definitely still at BET, it's going to take an unparalleled public outcry to dethrone him.

It's no secret that he is a puppet in Viacom's (the same parent company that brought us "Flavor of Love") machine. Major dollars are tied up in keeping BET as is.