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Sunday, October 26, 2008

How Did I Miss This?

The Parents Television Council, the Enough is Enough Campaign for Corporate Responsibility, the National Congress of Black Women, and Industry Ears jointly praised BET for the announcement that the music video show, "Rap City" has been canceled.

PTC and Enough is Enough Campaign's conducted a study of daytime music video programming from BET and MTV and concluded that as recently as March 2008, children who watched BET's "Rap City" and "106 & Park" and MTV's "Sucker Free" were bombarded with adult content - sexual, violent, profane or obscene - once every 38 seconds.

This follows closely on the heels of the announcement that BET President Reginald Hudlin had resigned.

PTC President Tim Winter; Enough is Enough Campaign Founder Dr. Delman Coates; National Congress of Black Women Chair Dr. E. Faye Williams; and Industry Ears Co-Founder Paul Porter release the following statement jointly:

"We are heartened by the recent changes at BET, and we are gratified that our collective efforts were a catalyst for this positive change. It is apparent that our voices were heard by the public, by the corporate sponsors who underwrite television programming and by BET network executives. Parents across this country want a cessation of marketing harmful, graphic and offensive images to children. But let us be clear about our goal: we are not trying to get a particular show canceled or a particular executive fired. Rather, our goal is a reduction in the harmful and offensive messages on BET and MTV programming - especially when the programs are targeted at children. We have called for the networks to take responsibility for their products, and this program's cancellation is evidence of a step in the right direction."

While we do need hip-hop shows....maybe certain ones should be on later in the evening...and were the parents checking what the kids were watching? Is 106 next?

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