Let us flashback to the year 2003. Meet 10-year-old Jaquan. It is a Thursday night and Jaquan has school in the morning. After dinner, his parents tell him to get ready for bed. Quan takes his bath, brushes his teeth and is in bed for nine. His parents check his room and find their son sound asleep. His mom turns off his light and closes the door. As the door closes, Quan's eyes pop open; he looks at his clock and waits. When the time was right, Quan eased out his room to make sure his parents were sleep and then returned to his room. He turned his TV on to BET, lowered volume extremely low and watched the video below....
Now I am sure a lot of you were Jaquan or had similar stories when it comes to this program. This notorious #BETUncut is making its return to the Network. For those unfamiliar with it, Uncut is a music video show played late at night that is damn near uncensored. The program shows A LOT of sexuallized content and was rated TV-MA. It has been nine years since the program was pulled from airwaves but after popular demand it is back. The show will make its debut in Tuesday, August 11th at 11:00 PM.
So I re-watched the "Tip Drill" video for the first time in awhile and I thought "Man, this is a legendary video, I cannot wait until this stuff returns". This thought stuck with me. So I continued to think and after awhile I came to the conclusion that I do not think BET bringing back #BETUncut is such a great idea. Now I know what you are thinking "But Myron, I want to relive my childhood by sneaking and watching the Tip Drill videos and what not". Number one, you do not have to sneak and watch the videos anymore, you are grown. I think the "sneaking" part added to the adventure of watching but now that is void. Number two, I am sure a lot of you are having sexual intercourse or maybe watching pornography at this point in your life so I do not get why you are so excited to watch something you are living, But more importantly....
I think bringing back #BETUncut will ultimately have a negative impact on the younger generation. Kids today already have access to a lot more than previous generations due to the advancement of technology. Most of us had to get on our computer at home to access MySpace, Bebo, Facebook, etc; and you could not use the internet if somebody was on the phone. Now, you can access everything from your phone. Most of us had to sneak and watch programs like BET Uncut while youngsters today can see nudes on Instagram or Tumblr. It is easy for a child to be corrupted in today's world so I am not for BET contributing to easy accessibility to content of this nature. They already have access to entirely too much. Kids today would not have to sneak and watch the show. It comes on at a much earlier time and if they really wanted to watch they could just DVR it.
Parents back in the day were much stricter on us growing up. We live in a new generation of kids as well a new generation of parents as well. Sadly a lot are younger and not paying as close attention to their kids as they should. You have kids today by-passing the "cootie" talk and trying to get it in elementary school. Yes, ELEMENTARY SCHOOL! A lot of that is from what they are seeing. You ever heard the phrase "you are a product of your environment"? I know one of the 100 Black Men of America's mottos are "what they see is what they'll be". I sure hope the next generation of young brothers think of women as more than just a dessert. I sure hope this next generation of black queens do not began to think it is acceptable to have someone swipe a credit card down your butt crack. If we want the next generation to be better, we have to show them better.
Do I think BET is trying to purposely corrupt our youth and give them access to more sexual content? Not at all. I am sure this is a ratings grab for the Network and I am pretty sure it will not be the same #BETUncut that we once knew. However, I feel a positive impact on rating should not have to produce a negative impact for our youth. We already have kids online doing the #ArchYourBackChallenge, do they really need any more temptation to do naughty things?
Many of people will watch. Hell, I probably will still watch because I know Twitter will be POPPING that night. I also am 23 and can watch what I want. However, I still do not think the show returning is a good idea. That is all I have.
Are you ok with the return of #BETUncut? #SpeakYourMind in the comments below.