I understand his issue with homophobia in the black community. It's a real issue. But his throwaway statement "I walked in and saw nothing but black women and children is what should really concern people. I thought I was at the welfare office". We're not the only ones there. Idk about anyone else but that speaks volumes to me on how he sees the majority of black women. From Monster's Ball to Precious to The Butler and even Shadowboxer. I don't have a problem with certain portrayals but there's an uneven balance in what he pushes. Hes the anti-Shonda. It's just entertainment ain't always the answer.
+Ann McDonald ..So I'm not being sensitive here? Good to know because I too thought it fell out his mouth quite easily. I've been raised and with many black women and the welfare office is just not my first thought if I see them with kids.
It wouldn't be so bad if there were a balance of various black characters on TV. We can't afford this to be the main image of black people going to the nation across the TV. TV influences so heavily and we dismiss as entertaining but it molds images for people. I never realized until I met people who said they attended black colleges after seeing A Different World. Their secondary education decision was made off a TV show. A TV show? You mean you had no knowledge of HBCU's until then? Says a lot about the power of TV. And the image that is EMPIRE is an image sent out to 10 million people weekly...like it or not that's an influence on how we're viewed in real life. Cookie is a ratchet Olivia Pope. This show is just validating ghetto fabulous behavior and giving a HERO to the Love & Hip Hop demographic. And its not telling that demographic that it can be better. Again nothing wrong with the show but the images of blacks on TV just aren't balanced enough even with a black family in the White House. 2.2 million people are incarcerated in the US. We are the global leader. Now let's say prison population is 85% black. There are 40 million black people in America and the leading images of influence are Empire, Love & Hip Hop, RHOA and other (black women yelling at each other shows). But we wonder why a black child wearing a hoodie is seen a thug? Or shot? Perpetuating of the myth of the exceptions to the rule as the standard. Not saying that EMPIRE doesn't happen but we just don't have enough of the other images because they're more commonplace.
Fighter coming through! It's like every day we learn more about the ESPN commentators as they're willing to talk about their personal lives because of who Stuart Scott was to them. I cannot believe how much his death has touched so many. Amazing