BET Founder Loathes Company’s New Direction

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Sheila Crump Johnson, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), recently expressed her disappointment with the company’s current programming in an interview with The Daily Beast Web site.

“Don’t even get me started,” Johnson said. “I don’t watch [BET.] I suggest to my kids that they don’t watch it…I’m ashamed of it, you want to know the truth.”

Johnson, 60, said she believed BET has contributed to the spread of AIDS in the African-American community by promoting sexually charged rap music videos.
She added that network was initially created to provide diverse, family-friendly programs for Black Americans.

"When we started BET, it was going to be the EBONY magazine on television," Johnson said. "We had public affairs programming. We had news… we had a large variety of programming, but the problem is that then the video revolution started up… And then something started happening, and I didn't like it at all. And I remember during those days we would sit up and watch these videos and decide which ones were going on and which ones were not.”