Bob Johnson Microphone Terror Alert

January 15, 2008

Here's hoping BET Founder Bob Johnson can serve as a lesson for us all.

Posted by jsmooth995 at January 15, 2008 9:42 AM

LOL oh, J. Always one to say exactly what I was thinking! Who let this dude on the stage? Who said, oh bob johnson is great, let's let him talk. How are they in tune with Black people's sensibilities SO HARD that they thought gettin him up front would be a *good* idea?

Hillary's camp is extra suspect now.

Posted by: Liz at January 15, 2008 10:05 AM

American's are stupid if they listen to this guy. This is why are country is in trouble. The crowd is like huh???

Posted by: dizil at January 15, 2008 10:53 AM

Always on point J. Honestly, when I heard what he said I was disgusted. I mean, like you said, the man's whole purpose in life seems to be nothing more than put under a microscope every stereotype about black people there is. BET is a failure. Instead of being an original channel with issues and shows that actually relate to black youth today, you get "Helldate". Jesus Christ! But, white people are eating it up. I mean, if the found of Black Entertainment Television endorses Hilary, we've got it made! Nope. I like Hilary. Certainly more than Bush. But, this country needs hope right now. It needs passion. It needs to believe. Despite any lack of experience, Barack is the only candidate with a chance to win that offers what this country needs.

On a side note, I was watching after the primaries in NH and a man commented that Iowa caucuses publicly and NH privately. He said that some people might be touting Obama but, once they aren't seen they go with the safe aka white choice. He said that this could have accounted for his rise in public polling before voting and then drop during it. Seems to me I've heard someone else say something like that might happen....

Posted by: Mike at January 15, 2008 11:34 AM

Whenever I see BET, I picture a million racists watching it and saying, "See! It's true. The negroes *are* like that."

Posted by: Joe Grossberg at January 15, 2008 11:45 AM

I completely agree with you on this one! I eventually laughed and wondered if Johnson was doing this to sabotage Hillary, but I think this is just a classic case of Hillary’s camp not proof reading Johnson's speech.

I like both Hilary and Obama, but Obama's desire to change the petty red vs. blue politics wins me over.

Posted by: ~AD at January 15, 2008 11:46 AM

First time on here, someone linked your CNN post and it got me interested.

While I agree with you it was pretty stupid to let that man anywhere near a microphone.

You mentioned yourself in your previous political post that while people say they don't like political smear campaigns, they still wind up working for some reason.

What I do find funny though is the fact that he's using the jab about past drug use, when ol'Billie boy got away with doing the exact same thing during when he had the presidency, people just didn't care and he was less than honest about it (didn't inhale? gimme a break.)

Hillary may not be Bill, but isn't this the same as the pot calling the kettle black? (or for a more PC version, the marijuana calling the kettle African-American?)

Posted by: Gee at January 15, 2008 2:56 PM

*i posted this on your site too*

RE-SPECT for that one J.
On point.

I love seeing people challenge the race card especially in politics. People tend to freak out and hide under tables when you mention "black" or "white" and it's time that we all stop pussy footing around the issues, and address it. Now's the time. And calling out clowns like Bob Johnson is an EXCELLENT start in my opinion.

On a side note, I really find it quite funny when someone in such a high position as Bob Johnson's refers to himself as an "African American". If he's African American, then Im Dutch-English-German-Italian American.

In the words of Sean Price...
"Let me ask you something. If a white man's born in Africa and he has a kid with a white girl from New York and they have a child. Is that child african american? And if so what am I?"

Posted by: JMack at January 15, 2008 3:26 PM

To quote Martin Luther King Jr. from the MLK Episode of the Boondocks.

"Black Entertainment Television.... is the WORST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN!"

Posted by: ProjectzDragN at January 15, 2008 3:59 PM


I appreciate you keeping us all on "point" on this issue of BET's Bob Johnson.

BET's vision was to create a brand to be sold which it did but many people fought within BET to have quality programming such as BET's News creator Deborah Tang who recently passed away over Christmas.

There is a book that was written about this called The Billion Dollar BET: Robert Johnson & The Inside Story of Black Entertainment Television by Brett Pulley

Everyone I know (including myself) is shocked and surprised by Bob Johnson's recent comments on Barack Obama. That was uncalled for!

Posted by: Jennifer at January 15, 2008 6:49 PM

I'm unfortunately rapidly losing respect for the Clintons' (both of them) Karl Rove style tactics. Hilary needs to win on the issues if she can, not use the Republican Swift Boat strategy of low-life innuendo and truth-twisting from hacks like Bob Johnson who have only dumbed-down our culture.

Posted by: Via at January 15, 2008 7:56 PM

Read and enjoy: Rolling Stone: Hillary's Race to The Bottom.

Don't believe the hype; Hillary's not the answer.

Posted by: josefek at January 15, 2008 11:06 PM

It's unfortunate that Robert Johnson is getting airtime -- even more unfortunate that people in the Clinton camp are actually giving him ear (and merit).

I suspect that Johnson has enough of a following that it may actually serve Clinton (do some degree), before she moves on to other more visible Black voices.

It would seem obvious to me that getting the founder of BET to stand up and smear Obama in any way serves Clinton (perhaps with white voters -- and Black voters who already subscribe to what the Clinton campaign stands for).

"See? Even the founder of Black Entertainment Television supports Hillary Clinton!" Right?


(But, likely right for the Clintons).

Posted by: Clarence at January 15, 2008 11:45 PM

This leads to an example of what i would like the Cosby generation to be focusing on. Those Andy's, and Billy's, and now Bobby's should circle each other in some corner somewhere and leave us to figuring how we can move things along.

One thing i am begining to realize (and this is from a cat who is watching the contest sporatically and from afar) that Sen. Clinton is trying to win a presidental race; meanwhile Sen. Obama is doing something far more principled and healing in a modern sense.
He's : ... ... ... ...

Posted by: audiodramatist at January 16, 2008 1:22 AM

I couldn't agree more. If there is one thing I want in this presidential campaign...Its for everyone to KEEP IT REAL. This ploy by the Clinton campaign doesn't even compare to Barack getting the John Kerry endorsement. Bob Johnson v John Kerry..hmmm. I would like to see some stereotypes be broken about Black people in America but channels like BET re-enforce them. If I want to laugh, Ill watch Hell Date. If I want to be informed then ill read Cornell West or watch some news. RACE MATTERS no matter how many people try to negate the fact. When Bob Johnson speaks like he did, I just want to stare him in the face and scream RACE MATTERS. I predict there will be more ignorance to come and would like to thank the people who are KEEPING IT REAL.

Posted by: Celso at January 16, 2008 8:00 PM

Funny and insightful as always J. This coming from the same man who is responsible for unleashing Comic View on humanity.

I'm really beginning to tire of this whole "Is Barack Obama really ready to be President" argument. I mean where the fuck have people been living for the last 8 years. Oh yeah, in McMansions, shopping at Walmart, driving SUV's, eating at Friday's and just generally not giving a shit about anything but themselves. Now, all of a sudden they want to talk politics. Really, thanks for joining the conversation about 8 years too late.

You have to admit (regardless of who you support) it would be a pretty amazing for us and the world to wake up on a Wed. morning in a country where Barack Obama is President.

Posted by: businesstoolz at January 16, 2008 8:03 PM

"You have to admit (regardless of who you support) it would be a pretty amazing for us and the world to wake up on a Wed. morning in a country where Barack Obama is President."

No doubt indeed. There's a few current obstacles concerning Obama that are troubling me.
I heard some media rhetoric about Barack Obama's JFK-like persona. I can't believe they went and compared him to an assassinated president. Couldn't they be a bit more mindful and continue saying he has great charisma, intelligence and presence?
The other concern is I saw a brief clip of a southern Black man saying, "America is not ready for a Black president" I saw this clip maybe about 3 months ago. I think it's more incendiary than if it were to come out of a white man's mouth.
The media feeds these little nuggets of distorted information to a country of many passive minds who would rather not do research on the candidates and just watch it on TV. And it's wack that once the real issues and platforms come alive in their campaigns, the primaries are about over.

Posted by: Jay B at January 17, 2008 2:22 AM

You said it all... I'm just going to add that this vid cracked me up.

Posted by: shani-o at January 17, 2008 11:35 AM

Robert Johnson?


I mean, really.



Posted by: missb at January 27, 2008 9:35 PM

You rule

Posted by: Dr Tiki at March 8, 2008 1:42 AM

Okay, I'm like all late and stuff. Like waaaay beyond the acceptable parameters of CPT comment posting.

But two things: a.) this was great and b.) I'm always amused by how your cat is just kinda chillin' in the background while you speak. She/He/Zie's like the Gayle to your Oprah. Just precious.

Posted by: Fiqah at March 7, 2009 12:42 AM

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