BET founder Sheila Johnson says network 'reinforces negative stereotypes'
10/18/2012, 10:23 a.m.
Kulture Kritic reports:
Original BET co-founder, Sheila Johnson, is apparently still disgusted by what the network has become since she and her now-ex-husband sold it to Viacom for over $1 billion dollars in 2000.
Johnson spoke to the audience at the Carmel Art and Film Festival in Monterey County, California this past weekend saying that the network she co-founded in 1980 currently "reinforces negative stereotypes of young people, African-Americans in particular." She continued to slam the network, stating: "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."
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