Friday, July 08, 2005
An exercise in futility
Just when I thought it wasn't possible for Barely Entertaining Television to sink lower than the cesspool of current programming allowed, they found a new way to aim pellets squarely at their nonexistent credibility. Today of course was the funeral of Luther Vandross here in NYC and his homegoing service at Riverside Church warranted coverage locally on NY1. WBLS (107.5) & WRKS (98.7) also countered with live broadcasts of the farewell on air. Where was BET's contribution in all this? A 5-minute blurb had to suffice in leading the Nightly Negro News with our favorite club-attired anchorwoman, Jacque Reid providing the highlights before seguing into the break.
You mean to tell me that ANOTHER banal repeat of 106 & Park was more important than rightfully airing the sendoff to the definitive voice of a generation? A man that was the cornerstone of their programming was only worth a quick cut summary? Commercials airing every 10 minutes for the latest behind-the-cliché Access Granted takes precedence over giving respect when its due?! And we wonder why mainstream media is dismissive of the legends whose mark was planted firmly in our community. Charity begins at home and its absolutely unacceptable that the network who made Vandross a core artist for over two decades couldn't fit the celebration of his life into their schedule.
Way to go, BET...I tip my hat to you for always reinventing the wheel when it comes to dropping the ball.
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