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bet co-founder says the network “reinforces negative stereotypes”

October 19, 2012

Hey guys, what are your thoughts about BET co-founder Sheila Johnson’s recent statements about the network? While speaking at the Carmel Art and Film Festival in Monterey County, CA, she said BET “reinforces negative stereotypes of young people, African Americans in particular”. “I think we squandered a really important cable network, when it really could have been the voice of Black America. We’re losing our voice as a race as a result”. “I’m really worried about what our young people are watching. There are so many young people who are using the television as a babysitter. We have parents who are not being parents and not monitoring what their children are watching.”
She and her now-ex-husband sold the network to Viacom for more than $1 billion in 2000.

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