Who is responsible for VH1 stereotyping black women?

Posted by James, 29 Jan 08

Try tuning into VH1’s ‘Flavor of Love’ or its spin offs: ‘I Love New York’ and ‘Flavor of Love: Charm School’. These are some hilarious reality TV shows. But don’t the stereotypes of black women baffle you - booty shaking, potty mouthed, lascivious women? Is this really what people think the African American woman is all about?

The media I must agree has falsely represented the black woman and if you are ignorant of the African American culture, you would think that all, if not a huge majority of these women were like this. Imagine being in some different country and having to see this on telly on a daily basis.

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There was a boycott launched against VH1 recently to protest network executives who perpetuate negative portrayals of black women. Apparently, a reality show that involved professional black women actively involved in or seeking interracial relationships was scrapped because the show would not sell and when asked, one executive said that “viewers are more interested in seeing black people in a ghetto role.᾿ :roll:

Black people and other colored races have downtrodden images of them portrayed in the media. And we have constantly seen many TV shows featuring black people in a stereotypical light. But who do we blame this on? VH1 for simply making a buck by downgrading black women or the women that willingly accept to play such roles on reality TV? Is it possible for people to change their own images?

If you ask me, these women that chose to sign up for these roles and present themselves in such unladylike fashion are partly responsible for the stereotyping. I believe its about time people controlled their images and presented themselves in a more positive light. Who will take a stand for us if we don’t do it for ourselves? The media? I didn’t think so.

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  1. Posted: 23 Jul 10

    @ The Situation : LOL @ juicy and wobble clapping like thunder. Too funny..... LOLL!!!!!

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  2. Posted: 23 Jul 10

    @ pedwards59: I can certainly understand any father being upset when his daughter makes such a bad choice in a companion. But, you ate totally wrong to blame it on the race difference. Losers and lowlifes come in all colors, including white.

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  3. Posted: 23 Jul 10

    As far as VH1 goes, I think it is an equal opportunity channel for lewd and lasciviousness. Cant honestly say its just the blacks. If Im not mistaken, Vh1 is an affiliate station to MTV. We all know the smut there. Just a comment on the BET late night Rap Video rump shaking, clapping, dropping vixens that everyone made such a big deal about. Now dont get me wrong, I in no way condone those shows, but I often wonder why those girls and the men that like it were put down so low when the same thing was going on, and still is, on other channels with the Girls Gone Wild Videos. How come nobody attributes the way those girls behave to their race?

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  4.   Matthead says:
    Posted: 14 Apr 10

    How about blaming the viewers of these piles of garbage that are called "reality shows"? If nobody watched these stereotypes wouldn't get put out there making all those involved look bad. Besides, all the women on these shows are whored, no matter what the race. You think they really wanna get with flavor Flav or Brett Michaels? No. they're fame whores, doing whatever they can to ham it up for the cameras to get their 15 minutes of fame to achieve some delusion they have that they're gonna be a superstar. When in reality they have no talent,no class, and aren't even really that attractive. (By TV standards)So keep it up America, keep watching this trash, and producers will keep making it. And Flavor Flav will keep making children. Bravo

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  5.   Member says:
    Posted: 14 Jan 10

    [But dont the stereotypes of black women baffle you - booty shaking, potty mouthed, lascivious women? ] No. The black booty shaking is quite fine, though. Leave that there. With blacks (particularly men) now wanting to "test the waters"... black women have to use those juicy booties that wobble and clap like thunder to attract men of other ethnicities. That booty is powerful as hell. Get even with black men. Keep up the booty shaking and put it in latino's, asian's, and white's faces until they cave in.

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  6.   Cynt says:
    Posted: 02 Nov 09

    I have a two part comment, one for the VH1 comment and one for the person raising the bi-racial grandchild. First, on the VH1 issue, the women on many of these shows are in it for the ratings, I am a black women who desperately hopes and prays that New York does not truly act that way in her day to day life, I am just as perplexed as everyone else by her behavior, but for the record, the young women I witnessed on Rock of Love were just as ignorant, so race is not the focal point. On the person who said their daughter got pregnant by a "scum bag black man", would have been just as angry if he were a responsible brain surgeon because they did not want their daughter with a black man anyway, and if their ex wife is raising the baby, then she was a bad mother, which should be the bigger issue. I just truly hope that this beautiful child is not being treated un fairly because of the racists that are obviously raising him or her, because a child could never tear a good family apart.

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  7.   Ichibod says:
    Posted: 16 Jun 09

    The networks and the black women are responsible. As a matter of fact, the perception of any woman (or man) presented by these networks are the responsibility of the networks and the women (or men) involved. The networks for there attempt to capitalize off the bile they choose to pilot and the women for selling out to there already deteriorated self respect to that filth. tj, how about reading Black-n-neva'-goin'-back's entire post. He started with: "Well, not all African American women act ghetto fabulous..." And he ended with: "...but is also not indicative of how a certain race behaves." His post wasn't even that long. How could you have missed that? I sympathize with pedwards59, but what is he doing on this site if he thinks interracial dating is somewhat disgusting? None of us on the site is chatting, flirting, or blogging from a prison cell. Instead of letting a television do it for you, be a real father by showing your daughter an example of what type of man you would approve of her dating. Someone potentialy better than you, but never worse. She found a F_ing scum bag because probably you were one youself.

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  8. Posted: 26 Mar 09

    pedwards59 just like you choose to be an ignorant ass racist, your untrained and improperly raised daughter choose a loser to get pregnant by. Simple as that.

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  9.   paula says:
    Posted: 07 Jan 09

    you know waht pedwards your a internal racist. first of all that just says your daughter has bad choices in men. thats all , you just do not like blacks face it .and seek help Dr, phil is always open.. but anywho. its life! we all go through crap. my ex. dropped me and he was white because i lost weight. this was his comment.. when you get to your goal weight you will not give me a second thought.. thats his insecurity . but where am i going with this dude. the apple apparently does not fall far from the tree reading your madness tell me one thing .. your not that bright and neither is your daughter even is she is. she made a mistake its not the end of the world . instead of looking at your grandchild and see the beauty she will bring your family. do not blame this guy for your daughters screw up. apparently you had some poor parenting skills. look at you first before you judge anyone. just because the man is black does not equate all black men. my son is a surgeon .. hmm go figure.i wonder what does that make him.. i see a educated man. a smart man whom i raised as a single parent. hey dude seek god!.. ya think?

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  10.   pedwards59 says:
    Posted: 07 Jan 09

    I find interracial dating somewhat disgusting, and I feel pitty for the children it brings into our society, for they belong to 'no race', which is at our core of being. I can speak with facts on the issue, my daughter was inpregenated by a F ing scum bag black man, my ex-wife now raises the little girl, obviously it has torn apart my family. My daughter, who I loved dearly until several years ago, is now doing time with him in a State prison, drugs and forgery charges.. cute? Are you proud of this non-sense VH1 producers? You are partly to blame by showing these idiots on tv. which will do anything to get their 15 minutes of fame. I only wish I would have ran him over in my truck while I had the chance.

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  11.   Member says:
    Posted: 23 Jul 08

    We are our own worse enemy. We say or do things that catches other people attention. And it's alright if we think that it's going to make us money or make us look good in the process. But when some one comes along and mimics your way of life, and make it to be more than it really is in a negetive way. Then we hoop and hollar about it. Unfortunately, we bring these things on ourselves and we have no one to blame but ourselves. If you don't want to be seen in a unflattering light..... Then STOP!!!! The world can't copy or tweak, what they don't see.

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  12.   poetlove says:
    Posted: 22 Jun 08

    Well as for Vh1 goes this is a trend they've been nudging towards for awhile. It all started with the little ego trips, race o rama and all that. Then with the Surreal life once they highlighted pepa deep throating a bananna I know it was on. The thing is it objectifies everyone ,black men & women, whites and latino/a,. They just care about the checks. It does pose the question what do these ladies do after Flavor of Love. The novelty is starting to wear off and now sex tapes are popping up. It just poses the thought what do these people want out of life

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  13.   tj says:
    Posted: 27 May 08

    Mr. Black and never going back-WRONG! Many African American women don't ACT ghetto fabulous, nor are they poor or impoverished. That is a stereotype and it is vastly misrepresents Black women. The MAJORITY(over 50%) are not like that, maybe the ones you know.

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  14. Posted: 22 Apr 08

    Well, not all African American women act ghetto fabulous, but a lot of them do. That's the reality. But what's the difference between a black woman chicken necking and flipping out and beating a girl with a shoe and a white girl on 'The Real World' screaming uncontrollably and shattering a glass against wall? It's all extreme, out of control behavior. And it is not pleasant or refined but is also not indicative of how a certain "race" behaves.

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  15.   Member says:
    Posted: 25 Feb 08

    I guess its similar to the way many women are portraying themselves as sex objects in movies. Its what the majority of people want to see, and as such is taken up by the mainstream (as derogetory as it is)

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  16.   paula99 says:
    Posted: 05 Feb 08

    you know what coco i agree. and it hurts me when whitemen approach you on the internet like your a piece of meat and make it bad for the other white men who truly like sisters. you know what i mean. but all men will try you. but the comment you made about etiquette and manners in public etc. there is a place and time. some people cuss so much it's damn near their new vocabulary. it became a way of life. women have to be taught by other women and stop fighting each other. wheres the sisterhood.

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  17. Posted: 05 Feb 08

    I, too also shook my head in embarassment with "Flava of Love" and "I Love New York". I only took comfort that there were Caucasian women on there actin' a fool as much as the Blacks and Browns, maybe even more so, as they were supposed to be "keepin' it real" along with the sistas. With Mo'Nique's spin off "Charm School", I could see where she was actually TRYING to show these women that there are times and places when the clowning, cussing, and general lack of home training will hurt and keep them down. It made me happy that at least two of those women actually took her advice to heart, actually learned something and have gone on to make more of themselves and do something for their families. Unfortunately, women of color who are educated, well employed, intelligent, and successful do not interest America. For some reason, if we aren't eye cuttin', neck rollin', weave flippin', finger snappin', foul mouthed women who don't know which fork to use for which course in a fine restaurant, don't have multiple baby daddies', can actually have good, solid healthy relationships with other women of color and don't see them as competition, or don't shake it at the club professionally, we either don't exist, are angry man hating lesbians, or asexual sellouts. There is some blame to be tossed at Viacom/Universal(that's the MTV/VH1/BET/CBS/NBC juggernaut with a bit of FOX thrown in for good measure), for only actively pursuing these stereotypes of women of color, but I agree with iloveblue when she says these women are responsible for their own behavior. If anything they are told to be as over the top as they can, then post-production and editing carves out the rest. The people who believe these characters(that is what they are)are the true depiction of women of color are the same people who think that reality tv is real life. They're not very intelligent and not worth my time or energy if I meet them.

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  18.   ILOVEBLUE says:
    Posted: 31 Jan 08

    These women are responsible for themselves. No television network can make a grown woman behave this way. They chose to be on the shows. They chose to fall all over Flava Flav or whichever knucklehead is starring in that episode. As a Black woman,they make me feel such shame. I wonder when "NewYork" will wake up? Or will she remain a stooge?

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  19.   Ledivalee says:
    Posted: 30 Jan 08

    This is a good topic because again, it's kind of like rap music. So I may piss some women off, but here's the deal and I live in LA and deal with entertainment business all the time! All I can say is that number one shows like VH1, MTV and BET, are no role models for black culture, the fact that someone would take these shows seriously is funny. These aren't reality shows, everybody has a gimmic, they're a bit staged and producers ignite the fire. If you're a professional, knowledgeable person, you wouldn't give these shows two seconds. To really get an incite on real African-American ppl, I would look to channels like TLC, Bravo or Oxygen to see how the stereotypes (if any) are being portrayed. However, I do agree that White American men do have a slightly warped image of Black women, just because of our history with America, that's all I gotta say. I agree with paula99 in regards to the home being the base. It starts at home, I mean, look at Britney Spears?? She's not black, however, I think her childhood or lack of it explains here weird behavior lately. I guess I don't take it seriously because entertainment is not something to be idolized or a major role model for ppl to get facts from. The women are ghetto on there and my ideal mate would just laugh at and think that this definitely does not represent African- American women or the African -American men for that fact too.

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  20.   paula99 says:
    Posted: 30 Jan 08

    okay this is a good topic see i lived during the 60's nothing has changed situations changed but people do not. now i lived in london for 9 yrs i just came back to the states. i dated interacially for years. and yes you had your white men who saw you as sexual objects. then you had others who was used to women.meaning they saw beyond the stereotypes etc. but yes media has a big part in stereotyping blacks and other cultures . but we are the ones responsible because. we allow it! boycott start a march . but see . being a graphic designer. you know sex sells. thats in all entertainment. if we do not put the power of the pen to these vh1 and BET . we still are going to have these issues .but it starts at home. yes i said it! what have the parents are teaching the male child about chauvanism and sexiest attitudes toward women. and the female child about excepting this behavoir . see maybe thats why i am not married because i do not allow my self to be mistreated. and men are afraid of this type of woman. they can only go as far as you allow them too. ladies. and some of us display this myth by our attitudes in public. yes we play a big role. and yes how you carry yourself is not old fashioned being a business woman i can tell you some stories. but i wont. anywho... it starts with the female. i will continue to be the queen that i am always.

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