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Black Reality TV and the Rebirth of Fool
The Root ^ | January 12, 2013 | Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D.

Posted on 01/12/2013 9:42:41 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

It's official. Reality-television executives have lost their minds. The reality-TV shows featuring mostly black casts debuting in 2013 are setting back images of black folks in television at least 60 years.

While critics are obsessed with the controversial film Django Unchained, there is a movement taking place in reality television that has elevated black buffoonery to the highest level possible while diminishing black culture to the lowest level in recent memory. The images of blacks on TLC's reality shows Best Funeral Ever and The Sisterhood and Oxygen's All My Babies' Mamas are appalling. They are also reminiscent more of images of blacks in film at the turn of the last century than of blacks in television during the last 60 years.

While we're spending hours upon hours debating one film on social networks and in the media, tomfoolery is raging on TLC and Oxygen in the form of reality-television programming that has little to no entertainment value and is more exploitative than any Tarantino film could ever be. As my late grandmother would say, we are "focused on the wrong thing." The images of blacks as buffoons, jezebels, coons and Aunt Jemimas are circulating through our living rooms on a daily onslaught in the form of reality-TV promos, reruns and marathons.

As if trying to survive the damage done to our televisual images by Real Housewives of Atlanta, Basketball Wives and Love and Hip Hop franchises isn't enough to manage, here comes a slew of shows that would make the "ladies" of those shows gasp and swoon...

(Excerpt) Read more at theroot.com ...


TOPICS: Conspiracy; TV/Movies; The Guild
KEYWORDS: blacks; fools; ghetto; lowexpectation; realitytv; silly; television
As if most of this isn't based on actual reality on the ground. Or does the author deny that?
1 posted on 01/12/2013 9:42:46 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nsenga K. Burton, PhD?


2 posted on 01/12/2013 9:48:08 PM PST by OldNewYork
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Perhaps if people saw more of the “reality” of these folks and less of a, for lack of a better phrase, “white washed version” on tv, then maybe the hip hop culture wouldn’t be as revered as it is in suburbia.


3 posted on 01/12/2013 9:52:28 PM PST by gop4lyf (Are we no longer in that awkward time? Or is it still too early?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Some Negroes name their spawn “Lasagne”, “Pornisha” and “Australia”—seriously-—Can’t WAIT to see the names of the new “celebrities” on “Real TV”. (No, not really. I won’t be tuning in.)


4 posted on 01/12/2013 9:56:22 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s like I said, Rap Music culture is the KKK’s dream come true.....it sets back the image of black people worse than anything.


5 posted on 01/12/2013 9:56:22 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The PJ's s02e04 The HJ's
6 posted on 01/12/2013 9:57:49 PM PST by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Five will get you ten these shows are produced by liberals.


7 posted on 01/12/2013 9:57:54 PM PST by TigersEye (Free fetal disposal is not a right.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Have you ever noticed that those that break into homes in “Advertiser-Land” commercials for home security systems are all white?

PC kills.


8 posted on 01/12/2013 10:00:38 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Mortrey
These shows are like train wrecks. If you come across one the spectacle causes you to watch because of the grotesque fascination.

I actually saw a commercial for this show and it caused the loss of two IQ points. Forty more points and I would be as intelligent as the average O’Bumbler voter.

9 posted on 01/12/2013 10:02:00 PM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: gop4lyf

This guy has 11 kids with 10 different girlfriends??? What the heck???

Is the money he makes from the show going to pay child support????


10 posted on 01/12/2013 10:02:16 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: gop4lyf

This guy has 11 kids with 10 different girlfriends??? What the heck???

Is the money he makes from the show going to pay child support????


11 posted on 01/12/2013 10:02:34 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And all white people have is “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”?
What a gyp!


12 posted on 01/12/2013 10:04:07 PM PST by Dalberg-Acton
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To: Mortrey
Ever seen a black criminal on any of the Law and Order shows?
13 posted on 01/12/2013 10:07:30 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: Mortrey

How do you think this name is pronounced? La-A.


14 posted on 01/12/2013 10:09:11 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: dfwgator
It’s like I said, Rap Music culture is the KKK’s dream come true.....it sets back the image of black people worse than anything.

True, I think 96% of the rap and hip/hop out there really make the stereotypes that were/are given to Blacks and their culture "more validity." In short, they are their own worst enemy, I love the the beautiful do-wop music of the 1950's, the soul music of the 1960's/1970's and disco of the 1970's and well into the 1980's. From 1990 onward, they've taken a huge step backward.
15 posted on 01/12/2013 10:12:40 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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To: Nowhere Man

Exactly, think of all the great soul/jazz/rock music that black people have created over the years, and compare it to the rap crap. It’s degrading....today, black people probably think Motown and Stax are “White People” music.


16 posted on 01/12/2013 10:14:31 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m ok with it, so long as they don’t depict any more of my mountain kinfolk as hillbillies.


17 posted on 01/12/2013 10:17:15 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ever seen a black criminal on any of the Law and Order shows?
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
Actually YES, I do remember one
BUT he was a college grad, plagiarist and had a father that really pushed him and the outcome was either the kid was the killer or the father didn’t want to be embarrassed by something the kid did.

ALSO, on L&O (as most cop shows) ALL the victims are drop dead gorgeous, no matter how minute the crime may be.
And all their roomates and close friends are at least 8’s.

So in TV land there are few fat, homely people unless they are jealous of the 8-10 they offed....


18 posted on 01/12/2013 10:18:27 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: Mortrey
Some Negroes name their spawn “Lasagne”, “Pornisha” and “Australia”—seriously-—Can’t WAIT to see the names of the new “celebrities” on “Real TV”. (No, not really. I won’t be tuning in.)

I think I once heard somebody named their kid "Latrine" and "Placenta."
19 posted on 01/12/2013 10:20:15 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Probably not.

Florida passed a law many years ago requiring the “sperm donor daddies” be named before any “welfare benefits” the state doles out to support “the children” were given to the “sperm recipients” aka “baby mommas”.

I haven’t noticed it having any affect on the number of “baby mommas” collecting magic “Tax benefits” for birthing children they are unwilling and unable to feed, house or clothe.


20 posted on 01/12/2013 10:21:46 PM PST by sarasmom
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Shameful crap. I don’t know anyone who watches so-called reality TV.


21 posted on 01/12/2013 10:34:34 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ever seen a black criminal on any of the Law and Order shows?
____________________________________________________

There will be complaints now of not hiring enough minorities. Can’t win.


22 posted on 01/12/2013 11:27:14 PM PST by o-n-money
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Next they need to make ebonics the official language of the black community, that should help seal the deal.


23 posted on 01/12/2013 11:49:14 PM PST by midway1 (Inside every liberal is an American trying to get out)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Many years ago mega millionaire Bill Cosby purchased all the
Amos and Andy TV shows from the early 1950s in order to keep
them from being shown. They were considered an embarassment
and an affront to African-Americans. Well, Mr Bill, what do you
have to say about this?


24 posted on 01/13/2013 12:13:09 AM PST by Sivad (Nor Cal Red Turf)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Reality hurts doesnt it. Anyone remember the huckstables? Not many families in the hood could relate because it wasnt REALITY. Author knows the truth is about to surface, only we knew this many years ago. The propaganda networks at the time portrayed and fed us the typical black family in a white setting as the norm. Meanwhile the democrates and thier high paid overlords in the hood, the NAACP and the congressional black caucus reside over the destruction of the black family and they purposley blame it in the republicans the rich and the racists in society.


25 posted on 01/13/2013 4:05:22 AM PST by ronnie raygun ( Lexington / Concord, America's first gun grab attempt)
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To: Dalberg-Acton

Jerry Springer?

Jersey Shore?


26 posted on 01/13/2013 4:24:05 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Mortrey

Still waiting for the name Chlamydia. Seriously. I remember a U of OK running back called “Rotney”. Yep.


27 posted on 01/13/2013 5:05:43 AM PST by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: dfwgator

Not to mention the archaic beliefs of the nation of islam. Those folks are consumed with hatred of other races and everything is race based to them.


28 posted on 01/13/2013 5:42:54 AM PST by BillGunn (Bill Gunn for Congress district one rep. Massachusetts)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Aaron McGruder was right all along.


29 posted on 01/13/2013 5:45:26 AM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What the writer doesn’t acknowledge is who watches these shows and why they are popular enough for the networks to produce and run them.

You know the answer to this is that blacks are the majority audience or we’d be hearing to the contrary.

Like most ‘reality’ TV there seems to be an element of viewers feeling better about themselves and their own shortcomings and situations by watching those who appear to be more ridiculous or more poorly managing their lives. I’d imagine there’s the same demand in American black culture that there seems to be in American white culture, though perhaps the circumstances have to be more extreme to have the same effect.

Until we are able to answer the issue of least-common-denominator in our popular culture generally, I don’t see where it’s likely to be resolved in black popular culture specifically.


30 posted on 01/13/2013 5:51:27 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You are correct, sir!
The natural destination of all racial/ethnic/regional stereotypes is precisely in this area of Reality TV.
Even the (very) few shows that still manage to hang on to
an ever-diminishing sense of “reality” and interest, like
Pawn Stars, American Restoration, and American Pickers have gotten too cutesy and stagey, with contrived situations of tension and backbiting between and among all the principal players, just to heighten
the “interest” in the show. As time goes on , even the tolerably “normal” characters in the less offensive shows begin to look like Attention Whores. But don’t forget also that the initial growth spurt of “Reality TV” years ago started because the shows were so much cheaper to produce than regular TV programming. The worst of Reality TV (and almost ALL of it is bad, cheesy, and sleazy) serves as a
self-conscious parody and joke, not at the expense of the principle “actors” in it, but at the expense of the growing audiences for all of them out there who get their guilty pleasures by watching them.


31 posted on 01/13/2013 10:07:10 AM PST by supremedoctrine
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“Is the money he makes from this show going to pay for child support?”
——Hey, every little bit helps.
Don’t underestimate 1. The financial incentive for ANYONE to
do these shows in the first place, which is linked to
2. The free publicity for both the business enterprises portrayed in the show (like the “good ones” I mentioned) and the “celebrity” of some of the principals, which can be parlayed into personal appearances on OTHER TV shows, and meet-and-greets based on the flimsiest of pretexts. Ultimately, of course it’s all about $$$$$$ for all involved, and that starts with finding willing participants who can conceivably garner an initial 15 minutes of fame, and extend it into 15 months, or 51 months, at which point they become legitimate “celebrities”
with recurrent interviews, book deals, cameos in movies, etc. etc. It’s all just the apotheosis of the celebrity culture, with the new ingredient of the “common man celebrity”, who starts OUTSIDE of showbiz,being introduced into a new infinitely expandable definition of showbiz.


32 posted on 01/13/2013 10:18:42 AM PST by supremedoctrine
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To: supremedoctrine

so does everyone want to be a celebrity, no matter what they may be famous for?

This guy is involved with 10 different girls??? Holy Toledo. Can’t imagine the issues each of these girls has to be involved with someone like this dude. But anyway, these girls may see being humiliated on a show such as this as their ticket to fame, eventually.

These people may become famous for being famous, not for actually achieving anything productive in their lives.


33 posted on 01/13/2013 10:24:27 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

MTV has helped to kill the black family in America.


34 posted on 01/13/2013 10:26:10 AM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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To: Dalberg-Acton

And Duck Dynasty, and everything on MTV, and Dog the Bounty Hunter, and Toddlers in Tiaras (how we got introduced to Honey Boo Boo). There’s plenty of sad examples of white people on TV too. That’s the glory of reality TV, it’s all about trainwrecks regardless of skin color.


35 posted on 01/13/2013 10:36:46 AM PST by discostu (I recommend a fifth of Jack and a bottle of Prozac)
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To: Sivad

To be fair, Bill Cosby has been very outspoken about the disaster that is the current black society.

He has been a voice in the wilderness.


36 posted on 01/13/2013 10:39:59 AM PST by MediaMole
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I think what people want is free money. If somebody walked up to you and offered to pay you 10 grand a week to follow you around with a camera while you do what you do, just be natural, that’s a hard offer to pass up. On some level you might ask yourself if they want to follow you around because you’re pathetic or because you’re cool, but in the end you’ll probably decide a 40 thousand a month just to be you and wind up on a show watched by very few people (these shows generally only have audiences of 1 or 2 million, most folks only know about them from reading articles like this) is just too tempting. Heck I’d probably say yes.


37 posted on 01/13/2013 10:46:05 AM PST by discostu (I recommend a fifth of Jack and a bottle of Prozac)
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To: MediaMole

Cosby helped derail the destruction of the black race in the 80’s by speaking out against out of wedlock child bearing, welfare and gangs. He made a lot of Black race haters furious.

As of late he has served as just another race baiter. I was surprised he did not speak out about gansta rap. It’s such a destructive and violent gang sub-culture.


38 posted on 01/13/2013 11:41:46 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: discostu; Sherman Logan

I didn’t realize so many white people were playing the fool on television.


39 posted on 01/13/2013 3:23:24 PM PST by Dalberg-Acton
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To: Dalberg-Acton

I forgot the Kardashians. Not that I’ve ever watched it. Or plan to.


40 posted on 01/13/2013 3:52:57 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The author seems to miss the point that reality tv makes fools of white people too.

But I must say “Best Funeral Ever” sounds pretty amusing!


41 posted on 01/13/2013 4:49:47 PM PST by jocon307
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To: MediaMole

True, Mr Cosby has been an outspoken critic of the direction
Black American culture is heading. The frustration I have with
him is that I have not heard him acknowledge what all of us
Freepers and other conservatives know to be true. That is
that liberal mindsets, politics and politicians are a big part of
the problem.


42 posted on 01/13/2013 10:35:01 PM PST by Sivad (Nor Cal Red Turf)
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To: TigersEye

Liberal *Democrats* and she never makes the connection. I read the entire article. Not once did this PhD ask why blacks allow themselves to be exploited and portrayed like that!


43 posted on 06/20/2013 6:14:36 PM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ladasha. The dash no be silent.


44 posted on 06/20/2013 6:15:53 PM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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