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BET says 'NO' to Coretta Scott King

This will ultimately be the first of many posts bashing BET(Black Entertainment Television). It is a necessary though, so bear with me.

Coretta Scott King

Several months ago, when beloeved civil rights leader Coretta Scott King passed away, BET denied her funeral a live broadcast on it’s station. I’m not going to preach right now, but BET owes its existence in part to Coretta Scott King and many others. For the station not to broadcast her funeral is insulting to blacks, but then again, this is a station that proudly shows pornography. . .

This will ultimately be the first of many posts bashing BET(Black Entertainment Television). It is a necessary though, so bear with me.

This is the statement from BET Michael Lewellen, BET’s Senior Vice Pesident of Corporate Communications claimed that the network “weighed a number of different options. In the end, we chose to offer a different kind of experience for BET viewers” This “different” experience of which Lewellen speaks is a live webcast over the internet. Lewellen goes on to explain that they[BET] “wanted people to have access to this wherever they were - at work, at home, traveling, at school. The online experience would give them that”.

Lewellen is quite right when he says the experience was different; ABC, CBS, MSNBC, NBC, and CNN all broadcast the funeral live on TV, in accompaniment to their own live webcasts. What BET did was atrocious and downright unforgivable. And to add insult to injury, they aired music videos rather than the funeral. I don’t know if the station can be that viewed so bad however, there were probably people who took more interest in the music videos than paying their respects to an American icon.

I am not one to be too overbearing in my opinions, but does anyone disagree?

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  1. Stephen RobinsonJuly 16, 2006 1:18 PM

    of the funeral of Coretta Scott King. Every network decided on their own to either broadcast the event or not. Although BET is getting a real bad rap on their decision not to broadcast such an important and monumental event in our history we have to remember that they had a choice just like any other network. Having said that, I do believe that a network such as BET which has played a huge role in black entertainment and putting the face of black people on the map for many years should have seized the moment and was the first to decide to put this epic event on their network. However why should people think to highly of a network, that does as much good as they do bad. Sure they put black people on the map and start the careers of many more, they also liter their station with videos 24-7 and as the day goes on it just get worse and worse. Their viewers aren’t interested in a funeral of a person they may not even know (no matter how important she is in history). They want to see the butt shaking and the rappers raping. This is our society we live in so I guess the BET people just were looking out for their viewers...huh?

  2. "Their viewers aren't interested in a funeral of a person they may not even know. . ."

    Amen to that! That is the sad fact; too many young blacks do not know who Coretta Scott King was. And most of these young people do not care to look her up on the internet or nin books, even now that she has passed away.

    R.I.P. C.S.K. . .

  3. I agreee with you that is disrespect to her. BET should be about improving AFrican Americans but yet it is doing the opposite.. Im am very disappointed at BET!!!!

  4. You're absolutly right about BET. It's so disrespectful that they didn't broadcast Coretta Scott King's funeral. It's a shame what BET has come to now. Nowadays it's just music videos and countdown shows. I stopped watching BET when they got rid of Teen Summitt. I guess any show that challenges people to actually think can't be good for BET.


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