BET Shows Called Demeaning And Offensive

September 16, 2007

More than 500 people demonstrated Sunday in D.C. outside the home of Black Entertainment Television's chief executive.

Members of the Enough is Enough Campaign are demanding that the
network stop airing what they call demeaning and offensive portrayals of black people.

The group says it will return every weekend until BET chief Debra Lee addresses their concerns.

The campaign is critical of popular culture that portrays black men as "pimps" and "gangsters" and sexually objectifies black women.

Lee wasn't home today, but spoke to The Washington Post in a telephone interview. Lee said she was disappointed that several attempts this week to arrange a meeting with the group had failed.

And in a letter this week, she said BET plans to launch 16 "balanced" shows by the end of the year.

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