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HERE WE GO AGAIN! Online Petition To BOYCOTT "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" Hits The Net

A few of the 3.6 million viewers who watched the debut of "L&HH: Atlanta" were turned off by the foolywangery of the show's content...and have taken the usual next step after complaining.  They've started a petition to boycott it.  Deets inside....

 

First it was "Basketball Wives," and now VH1's latest docu-soap "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" has provoked an online petition to boycott the show.  The petition says,

After we made a ruckus about Basketball Wives, sponsors began to pull ads. Well, it’s that time again, folks!

While we should respect the perceptions and experiences of the men and women featured on “reality” television shows, networks are airing stories that could be very helpful for people to hear, but they’re telling these stories in EXTREMELY dangerous ways.

We all know premium digital crack rock is ‘slanged’ in digital hoods other than VH1. We also know the problem is not just TV–it’s a big, mean, social monster that we’ve gotta shoot down one non-violent bullet at a time. Nevertheless, somebody’s gotta be the face of this lovely movement. And since VH1 has chosen to give us yet another beautifully-blinged jewel of commercial exploitation (Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta), they might as well be the face of change. By the way, shout out to all African Americans who received Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta as their Juneteenth gift! You won and lost at the same time!

As we work toward national- and local-level change, let’s tell VH1 and their sponsors (again) why people from a broad range of backgrounds will NOT stand for the exploitation of the lived experiences of people who may not even know they’re being exploited. This isn’t a “Black or White” thing, this is a HUMAN thing…and we should all understand.

P.S. That “turn of the TV/your kids’ TV if you don’t want to watch” argument doesn’t work here, VH1. A good number of the kids who are most at risk don’t have the luxury of living with parents who can just “turn off the TV”. Why? Because their parents are out working multiple jobs (thanks to this lovely thing called poverty); one or both parents are on drugs, dead, or in jail; or they’re raised by ill grandparents, relatives who aren’t that interested in their future, or foster parents who abuse them and only foster to collect a check.
 

Meanwhile, Joseline Hernandez isn't letting comments about being a homewrecker OR being a man get her down.  She tweeted, "GM thanks 4 all the positive support as well as the negative the ratings were great!Starting my day off w/Marvin Sapp"Never would've made it"  REALLY!!??

Since the "BBW" petition did result in the loss of a few sponsors, it will be interesting to see if this petition catches on.  Y'all already know my view on this.  There will ALWAYS be a FEW million people out of the umpteen million in America who will constantly watch trainwrecks.  Does that mean we keep appealing to those few folks at the detriment of our teens and kids in our community who will be conditioned to think the actions they see are OK?

Sigh....here we go again.

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I support and believe in what

I support and believe in what you are doing send me the link, I will sign the petition.
Joe Louis's picture

At the end of the day the

At the end of the day the African American community does not have the luxury of brushing this off something we need to just get over or understand it's make believe. When images like this are pushed to the forefront this is broadcasted worldwide and it affects us in every facet of life. This is not about black folks getting over it and changing the channel. This is about us needing to never support this trash from the gate and if it shows up then fighting to have it taken off tv and fighting to have more positive representation.
Niecy's picture

I support and believe in what

I support and believe in what you are doing send me the link, I will sign the petition.
Joe Louis's picture

http://www.change.org/petitio

http://www.change.org/petitions/boycott-vh1-love-hip-hop-atlanta-specifi...
Erin Harper's picture

Here goes nothing. If we as a

Here goes nothing. If we as a society could tell the difference between real life and make believe there would be no need for these types of petitions. This show just like EVERYTHING else you see on TV is make believe in some aspect. If you take it for entertainment and leave it at that it's not a problem. If you think for one minute this show should be taken down because of the misrepresentation of black women you are sadly mistaken. These women don't represent all black women why is that even implied? These women are picked because white execs want to portray this image to the public and you know what when this show gets off the air their will be another show that portrays the same ish on the same channel and on all the other channels. People are all up in arms because they don't want THEM to think this is how we really are. Here is my response for that F*ck white people and what they think and everyone else who isn't US we shouldn't be so worried about every image of us being the correct one because that is impossible and again THEY will always find a different way to try to degrade you if you let them. When we even spend time on the petition THEY know it's working and the knife is cutting deep. Indifference is the only way to combat these negative portrayls. If we stop giving it life and controversy they will stop making money and move on to other devil business. TRUTH IN THE RAW on facebook *Get you some.
TRUTH IN THE RAW's picture

You have to know, given that

You have to know, given that very intelligent response, that THEY are not the only ones being influenced by the ways in which we are portrayed on TV. What about strong examples for ourselves and each other. We could go down the long road of influence and education starting in the home, and no doubt it does, but just because our villages are now on the TV and computer screens does not mean that the village no longer has an responsibility to and influence on our youth. And further, I don't care what THEY think about me until it starts affecting the way in which I am treated and perceived in the real world. Its all fine and dandy until we start losing the strides that have been made in job and education acquisition because somebody who's never lived or worked amongst black folks at large has been taught about me and my capabilities and sensibilities via VH. We need a mulch-pronged approach and to me, that's fighting it wherever it lay, even if it's on TV shows that only serve to convince non-black men that I like being cat-called in the streets or teach other women that it's ok to refer to me as a bitch. We are only 13% of the American population and that dwindling. Our image in the media counts because, in spite of the Obamas and Oprahs of the world, many folks are still not exposed to us on a regular and get their ideas about us from tv. They believe that the smart ones, the "good" ones, are anomalies and that perception can interrupt our road to justice (think Trayvon and how difficult it was/is to get justice for him based on the mainstream perception of young black males). Where does that come from when half these folks have never met a "Trayvon" in their life!
WholeLife's picture

That problem is the parent's

That problem is the parent's problem if the village raising your children is the TV and computer screen. These networks are not set up to make you feel warm and fuzzy about yourself and that is not a secret it is a FACT do you expect a channel like VH1 to put Black empowering programming on after Flava of Love etc. ? then why is this channel still being allowed airplay in our existence. The name of this site is the Young Black and Famous US right? OUR media should have stopped reporting good or bad from the channel. See the problem with petitions like this is they only attack one head of the beast we cut it off another grows in it's place and it is a loosing battle. We allow these low blows but keep feeding from the tit. The media drags us through the mud and when we have the opportunity to create and control our own media we keep giving it airtime it's ridiculous. Here's the kicker though we are still fool enough to run out and buy the products they advertise during the public humiliation too. What about that? We fight the media images but still play into the economy that drives the media. I understand the difficulty of being percieved in a bad light by other races but the media doesn't do that alone and that's not the only problem. If Basketball Wives never aired we will still be hired the last and the least. If Flava of love never aired you would still have to play catch up and work harder and be stronger in spite of it all. If there were no love and hip hop you would still be being oppressed. The media is a loud box that can be shut off nothing more. Our energy could be better focused elsewhere than a petition to remove love and hip hop off of VH1.
TRUTH IN THE RAW's picture

I AGREE!!!! BLACK PEOPLE

I AGREE!!!! BLACK PEOPLE ALWAYS BRING EACHOTHER DOWN!
PRETTYNIC's picture

"These women are picked

"These women are picked because white execs want to portray this image to the public..." <--- EXACTLY! Why would we watch such a depiction of our people? Don't we know we are kings of queens of civilization? We are allowing the white man to depict us as loud, wild, overly sexed, uncouth women. To be honest with you, I don't know ONE black woman who is depicted on these reality shows. NOT ONE.
Sunflower Jones's picture

Not any that I know. I am a

Not any that I know. I am a REAL BLACK WOMAN and I have never seen anyone who resembles me on mainstream TV and never will. You are fighting a loosing battle when you are trying to get the media who is controlled by your oppressor to portray you in a favorable light. We might as well be marching about this sh*t SMH
TRUTH IN THE RAW's picture

I agree. I've been on this

I agree. I've been on this planet a long time, and not one of these females represents anyone I know. However, I don't think we are fighting a losing battle (well, maybe we are). As long as we make excuses and continue to watch for "entertainment," the execs will continue to keep shows like this on the air. When WE get to a point when we are willing to say, "that's enough," they'll stop. Many of us aren't willing to do it, so the next show will be worse than this.
Sunflower Jones's picture

I missed the part about not

I missed the part about not being able to protect your kids from TV bullsh*t if it's that bad and you are working that much to make ends meet and can't be at home to parent your children sell the d*mn TV library cards are free they should be reading books anyways since when is a TV a neccessity??
TRUTH IN THE RAW's picture

Did you read it? Nowhere does

Did you read it? Nowhere does it state that it represents all Black women. This isn't about "their" perceptions of us. Did you read it? Oh and Black women are VH1 execs too, babe.
Erin Harper's picture

At the end of the day, it

At the end of the day, it doesn't matter. These images take us back 50 years. We have to demand better. Sadly, the networks we do have (actually they are white owned) don't do much to bring quality programming on (TV One is better than BET). For there to be black women execs makes it worse. It's all about the bottom dollar/rating.
Sunflower Jones's picture

And those black women are

And those black women are lost to US. So what about the videos? What about the TV shows that only have one black cast member that's an inaccurate portrayl as well if we are going to try to take back our respect in the media I think the problem is a lot bigger than love and hip hop LOL how about we put together a petition to stop the news for exploiting us? This small minded shit doesn't matter and this is exactly why we are not even a threat in this country we are always looking in the wrong direction. And I'm sorry to be the one to break this to you but it's always a Black and White thing baby as long as we are STILL getting the short end of the stick. Don't let them fool you.
TRUTH IN THE RAW's picture

YES!!!!!!

YES!!!!!!
PRETTYNIC's picture

I agree!!!

I agree!!!
MEKA's picture

As a resident of Atlanta and

As a resident of Atlanta and Georgia native, I will gladly sign this petition. I am so angry this is the depiction that Mona "Evilena" Scott chose to display of black people once again to an even more extreme degree. Enough is enough.
Anonymous's picture

There was an article on

There was an article on "Black Voices" written by an Atlanta native. She said she's tired of ATL being seen as a "stripper, rapper, and reality series" hub. It's a wonderful article.
Sunflower Jones's picture

There was another one written

There was another one written by a Spelman graduate on Huffington Post yesterday that was fantastic. She talked about all the educated and professional blacks in Atlanta, how the city is one of the epicenters for black politics and civil rights. She said she was tired of it suddenly being repp'd by a subculture of ignorance because they make good for tv ratings. I could not agree with her more. I'm def signing this.
knm931's picture

There was another one written

There was another one written by a Spelman graduate on Huffington Post yesterday that was fantastic. She talked about all the educated and professional blacks in Atlanta, how the city is one of the epicenters for black politics and civil rights. She said she was tired of it suddenly being repp'd by a subculture of ignorance because they make good for tv ratings. I could not agree with her more. I'm def signing this.
knm931's picture

Where is the link to said

Where is the link to said petition?
jday91's picture

Where do i sign

Where do i sign
NYC's picture

OMFG ..... that is a man

OMFG ..... that is a man
OHPLEASE's picture

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