STOP Negative Black Family Images - Nationally
Dear Mr. Bob Bakish,
We request that you do not air the Ms. Pat show on the BET networks or your other media outlets scheduled to air on BET on August 12, 2021. This sitcom does not reflect our values and the positive image of a Black family in our community. The Carson family is not representative of Black people. Demeaning stereotypical images are not hilarious but rather offensive.
This sitcom shows no respect for children, family, or the Black community. Our Black ancestors, mothers, teachers, ministers, and human rights leaders have fought too hard and too long for this program to depict us in such a manner. Let us have programming to build up our community, encourage our children, and give them positive images that will enhance their self-esteem.
Also, the Ms. Pat Show it is not reflective of the long legacy of values in the BET network and overarching belief and practice that "BET can do well and do good as its guiding principle," according to Ms. Debra Lee. Also, the current belief of your company to build communities, empower, and inspire is not reflective of this sitcom. As community members, we hope that these guiding principle are implemented. You are entrusted with BET's programming, and we expect programs that will uplift the Black community.
Under your leadership, we are expecting BET to portray positive images of the Black community. Hopefully, the cancellation of the Ms. Pat show is immediate, eliminating the need for boycotting efforts, contacting your sponsors and community groups, etc.
Please see the attached signatures from concerned community members and advocates to prevent the sitcom from airing on BET and your other media platforms.
Concern Community Members
Preserving & Promoting Positive Images of Black Culture
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