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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Hot Ghetto Mess Rocks

We were hooked on Hot Ghetto Mess (the website - now inactive / archive.org - link ) as soon as we saw their "July 2007 Mess of the Month." There really is a TV series on BET (Black Entertainment Television) with the same name. Update: The series, not surprisingly, changed their name to the more politically correct, We Got to Do Better.

Hot Ghetto Mess: July 2007 Mess
image of Hot Ghetto Mess of the month - July 2007
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
Adding the Martin Luther King quote with this image highlights the absurdity that Hot Ghetto Mess is attempting to navigate.
discussion of the show: 
Bobbi Booker, Frost Illustrated:
BET 'Hot Ghetto Mess' dubbed racist, elitist -- The brouhaha leading up to BET's "Hot Ghetto Mess" debut found African American media watchers unified in their criticism of the program as racist and elitist...

Gary Braxton, LA Times:
BET's 'Hot Ghetto Mess' doesn't become 'Better' -- Series debut drew 800,000 viewers, but only added more fuel to the fire...

Jackie Jones, BlackAmericaWeb:
Was BET’s ‘We Got to Do Better’ a Hot, Ghetto Mess? After Debut, Some Critics Say Yes --The long-awaited debut of BET’s “We Got To Do Better” Wednesday night was launched by promos that told the TV audience: “You’ve heard the controversy -- now, decide for yourself.” ...

'Hot Ghetto Mess' gets name change [July 24, 2007] -- BET's provocatively titled "Hot Ghetto Mess," which drew sharp criticism and overshadowed the rest of the cable channel's new schedule, is getting an upbeat new name. 
"We Got to Do Better" is the title the series will have when it debuts Wednesday, BET spokeswoman Jeanine Liburd told The Associated Press on Monday... 
Gina McCauley, What About Our Daughters blog:
What Black Bloggers Are Saying About BET's "We Got to DO a Better Mess" -- Faye calls the name change what it is... putting lipstick on a Pig. She, like I will be putting sponsors on blast come Wednesday night. She talks about previous efforts to reign in BET and why this time has been different.