Jun 2, 2011

I was over on Clutch magazine website and I ran across an article that really got me to thinking. The article is titled, "‘Single Ladies’ Sucks or Are We Insatiable?". In the article, the author basically talks about the all the criticism that the new VH1 show, "Single Ladies", received. I think the author had some really good points such as this one:

Perhaps we are insatiable. We ridicule Tyler Perry for his problematic depiction of Blacks. We rallied for The Game to be revived, but were disappointed when it went downhill at its new network, BET. We love to watch Basketball Wives, but hate that it has mirrored one of the constant images of Black women. Now people hate Single Ladies, too.

I wonder, ‘what type of show would make us happy?’ I also thought it ironic that the crowd throwing rotten tomatoes at Single Ladies had zero criticism for Sex and the City.

It amazes me that we are very critical of Tyler Perry and shows like 'Single Ladies' but yet we watch 'Basketball Wives' and 'Real Housewives of Atlanta.' We can't stand to see another 'Madea' movie but yet when movies like 'Akeelah and the Bee' (you know I always have to go back to this one), The Great Debaters, Eve's Bayou, Talk To Me, and Night Catches Us come out we don't support them.

Why did it take a campaign to get a show like 'The Game' picked up by BET? That show never would have been canceled had we supported it. Now we're complaining because it's on BET and it's not the same caliber show that it was when it was on the CW. Do we even know what type of show we are willing to watch?

So the question remains, "Do Black Folks know what they want from a TV Show/Movie?" And please don't hit me with that I'm looking for another Cosby Show or Different World because those shows have already been done to perfection. We need to think outside the box and get a little more imaginative.



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