BET apologizes for Drake and Lil Wayne Performance

This was an epic fail for BET and once again they prove that those in charge are idiots to the tenth degree.
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By Houston Williams
BET has expressed remorse over a performance by Lil Wayne, Drake and Young Money Records that involved underage girls during songs “Best I Ever Had” and “Every Girl.”

The songs, which have overt sexual references, were performed during the Sunday BET Awards ’09 show as a bevy of young girls danced on stage. The group of girls consisted of Lil Wayne’s daughters and her friends.

In an exclusive statement, BET has responded to the criticism and the public outcry over the segment.

“BET Networks deeply regrets the performance by Young Money at the BET AWARDS ’09 (featuring Lil Wayne, Drake, Gudda Gudda and Mack Maine),” a BET representative told exclusively. “Elements of the performance were unplanned and should not have happened.”

In the aftermath of the show, many have expressed outrage over the outing by Young Money, which was set amid a show dedicated to the late Michael Jackson.

Activist and filmmaker Byron Hurt lambasted the network earlier in the week in an open letter to Debra Lee, the President and Chief Executive Officer of BET Holdings, Inc.

“In a culture where one out of four girls and women are either raped or sexually assaulted – and where manipulative men routinely traffic vulnerable women into the sex industry – it is not okay that BET allowed this to happen,” Hurt said. “BET owes its entire audience – particularly girls and women around the world – an apology for its failure to intervene.”

A representative said generally the company has found such opinions useful.

“We value and appreciate the feedback from our viewers and have edited Young Money’s performance for all BET Awards ’09 encore presentations.”

Drake has apologized and taken responsibility for the performance, admitting it was in poor taste.

“That…was a terrible idea that I’ll never do to myself again. But I was being pressed from different areas to perform, and I think what really happened at the BET Awards is with the passing of Mike, the climate really changed, as far as the award show goes,” he told Complex. “I don’t think it called for us to perform “Every Girl” and “Always Strapped,” and I think it was an award show filled with tributes and music and these genuine heartfelt speeches. And to sort of climax out of a very tongue-n-cheek point, and then people misconstruing Wayne’s daughters and her friends coming out on stage — it was just timed very poorly and it definitely wasn’t planned like that, but with that being said, it is what is. I believe in Wayne and myself and it’s nothing we can’t bounce back from. To anyone who was offended, my personal apologies, it wasn’t intended to offend anybody.”

An edited version of the show will re-air on Monday July 6. The BET Awards saw a 61-percent increase in viewers this year fueled by the sudden death of Michael Jackson. Ten percent of all turned on television sets watched the show Sunday, a remarkably high number.

3 thoughts on “BET apologizes for Drake and Lil Wayne Performance

  1. LMFAO @ Tea Leaf! I have a female friend who has that same quote at the end of your post. Admittedly, Drake is relatively new and those songs are some of his most popular so I imagine he was just trying to capitalize on that to make himself more popular … however …

    It was obviously poor, no, borderline-retarded timing what with MJ passing and such and I think we all know that you never ever go full-RT.

    I’m with you TL, and I think we’re seeing a resurgence of video hos/models/whatever you want to call them. Being a guy, I’m not going to lie and say I’m not looking but it does get bland rather quickly.

  2. Fuck Drake Literally!!! As a Black Man I couldn’t be more offended than I am now after watching that attack on Black Women in his video to Best I Ever Had! Only one Black Girl on his team but the opposing team was loaded with the most manly looking Black Women on the planet. This reminds me of the lesson Spike Lee was trying to teach in his movie (School Daze) particularly in the Scene (Wannabees vs. Jiggaboes)!!! Are we really back to this??? Or will you all stand with me and say Fuck Drake and Lil Wayne!!! I love Black People, but boy I Hate Niggers!

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