So with much hesitation I decided to sit down and watch one of BET’s new shows last night, “We Got To Do Better.” If you recall, the show was originally titled “Hot Ghetto Mess” and was based off of the website of the same name. The site would often post videos and pics of black people doing ridiculous things and wearing even more ridiculous outfits. You’ve probably seen most of these images in your inbox as I used to frequently receive them from my co-workers. At any rate, BET’s original intent was to bring the website to the small tube as if it would be part of their comedy line up or something, as if that’s what the black culture really needs right now. In a time where everything about us is being challenged and defeated, this was definitely about 10 steps in the wrong direction.
So all in all, it was an awkward, non-provoking, weak attempt of a show. Even funny man Charlie Murphy couldn’t save it. I kept waiting for them to play the sound of crickets chirping whenever his solo commentary aired. Talk about needing to do better. I can’t find anything on BET’s website about it since it aired last night so let’s hope they decide to cut it short. Why don’t they just bring back something like “Teen Summit” and BET News????? All they do is run the same videos all day. Hell, even MTV has cut down about 90% of the videos and run more shows and these are some of the same shows that BET has taken and flipped into their own version. “Baldwin Hills” is the black version of “Laguna Beach," " SOB" is the black version of "Punk'd" and they turned a non-MTV show and flipped it - "Hell Date" is "Blind Date."