6 posts tagged tv
Awaiting New Scandal Season: What we’re looking for
One of the hottest and highest rated shows on TV is hands-down Scandal. Since the creation of…
Gabrielle Union on The State of TV: “I Hope That The Time of The Black Man is Coming”
It’s a great time in television for black women. Kerry Washington stars in the highly-successful…
ABC Family Greenlights “The Fosters:” Will You Watch?
Jennifer Lopez hasn’t rested on her laurels since being booted from American Idol. The pop-star…
PBS Announces Documentary Exploring African-American Funeral Traditions
I recall watching Whitney Houston’s funeral on CNN and cringing as anchor Don Lemon described and…
The “Soul of the South” Network Slated to Launch Memorial Day Weekend
Communities of color are being bombarded with television networks attempting to seize on our…
Over time, I’ve noticed that We the Blacks, collectively, have an annoying habit of criticizing so many things to death. We — some, not all — can look at something that is widely perceived as fair and decent (or at least way better than he standard reality TV fare we’re mostly offered) and then stare it down, scour, and overanalyze it until we can’t see any good in it, only the problems galore. It’s not constructive criticism; it’s just complaining.
Last night, I checked into The Root for my digest of what’s new in politico world and found more complaining. This time is was from Tom Burrell, a 45-year vet of the advertising industry, moaning about — out of all the things actually worthy of complaint on TV — Scandal. Burrell told The Root:
I’ve got major problems with Scandal. It comes dressed up and masqueraded as something new, but Scandal is basically a continuing perpetuation of the stereotype of a black woman whose libido and sexual urges are so pronounced that even with an education and a great job, and all these other things, she can’t control herself.
But the message that is really being delivered is that no matter how much education you get and how much power you get, you’ve still got that “around the way girl” in you. It’s basically saying that black women are innately, inherently, hot to trot. He doesn’t seduce her. She seduces him.
Are we watching the same show?