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Monday, July 16, 2007

Call TO Action - All Hands On Deck

We have to seriously consider the possibility that there are actually companies who are willing to associate their brands with something called " Hot Ghetto Mess" based on an internet bully's website and whose logo is a blackface cartoon.

This show is now a very attractive prospect for some morally bankrupt companies. If the plug does not get pulled, this may very well be one of the most highly rated shows in the history of cable television. That may be an irresistible proposition for some advertiser.

We can't wait until the 26th to start organizing public demonstrations and protests. We have to start planning now for a course of action. Feel free to throw in your suggestions. But here are a few of mine:

1. We need someone with some graphic design and video editing experience. The minute "Hot Ghetto Mess" goes off the air there needs to be a YouTube response something to the effect of Company X thinks Black People are a HOT GHETTO MESS" OR "Hot Ghetto Mess was Brought to you by Company X" or " Company X doesn't care about our daughters." Etc. E-mail me at whataboutourdaughters at gmail dot com. We are going to hit them with a multi media onslaught that will make Jib Jab and Hillary 1984 look like a Disney cartoon.

2. We also need to have people in all timezones and regions watch the show and record all advertisers including local and regional ads and the specific product advertised, the time etc.

3. We are going to send out an Action Alert as soon as we have the list complied and target the local branch of any corporation who advertises on "Hot Ghetto Mess" We'll need someone who is adept at drafting press releases to come up with something to send to the local media in all of the cities where protests are planned. So if a certain car insurance company decides to purchase an ad on "Hot Ghetto Mess" the we'll pick a local branch and focus on it. Whether the agent knew about the show or not! If BET ends up using ads from psychic hotlines, internet gambling, liquor companies, or check cashing places, then target the headquarters of the local cable provider perhaps target them anyway.

4. So we need to start setting up Meet-up groups or something similar all over the country. You have to start organizing in your individual cities NOW. Chicago, DC, Dallas, Iowa City, Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta. Everywhere where you can get five concerned citizens together to go hold up a placard. I need someone to volunteer to spearhead this.

5. We might even think about focusing on the local cable provider BEFORE "Hot Ghetto Mess" premieres.

If you see something on this list that you think you can do. Leave a comment in this thread and send me an e-mail.

I STILL can't believe that this is happening to us.

I REALLY didn't want to do anything too structured. This site was only supposed to an information source. One lone individual doing her thing in her free time. Observing the Iron Rule. How on earth did we end up in a battle with one of the most powerful media empires on the planet? LIFE HAPPENS!

In the meantime, you HAVE to call or e-mail ALL THREE of your Congressional Legislators. That means your US Representative and BOTH of your US Senators . EVEN IF YOU DON”T LIKE THEM. EVEN if they belong to a party you are not too pleased with right now.

SUGGESTED LANGUAGE FOR YOUR EMAILS (Courtesy Of One of My Readers. Thanks!)
To the Honorable (Your Representatives first and last name here),As a young African American woman and mother (or man/ father), I can no longer stand for the ill conceived programming that cable channels such as BET are broadcasting daily. Coming soon is BET's "Hot Ghetto Mess" that they describe as a "car wreck you can't look away from" in its depictions of African Americans circumstances that leave much to be desired. It is this reason that I support ala carte cable (cable choice). I refuse to let my cable subscription pay for programming that continues to create and reinforce damaging stereotypical images of Black men, women and children with far- reaching effects. I ask that you urge your colleagues in the House and Senate to support the The Family and Consumer Choice Act of 2007 introduced by Rep. Lipinski in June. Thank You,(Your Name)