MTV draws fire for cartoon of black women on leash

A new MTV cartoon depicting black women squatting on all fours tethered to leashes and defecating on the floor is drawing fire from several prominent African Americans who call the episode degrading.

Critics say MTV showed especially poor judgment because the weekly animated program, Where My Dogs At?, appeals to young teens and airs at an hour, 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays, when many children are watching television.

The show just completed its initial eight-episode run on MTV2, a spin-off channel of the music video institution that recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.

The half-hour show lampoons real-life celebrities and pop culture as seen through the eyes of two wisecracking stray dogs--Woofie and Buddy--voiced by comedians Tracy Morgan and Jeffrey Ross, respectively.

A statement released this week by the Viacom Inc.-owned cable network, whose president, Christina Norman, is black, defended the episode in question as social satire.

In it, a look-alike of rap star Snoop Dogg strolls into a pet shop with two bikini-clad black women on leashes. They hunch over on all fours and scratch themselves as he orders one of them to "hand me my latte." At the end of the segment, the Snoopathon Dogg Esquire character dons a rubber glove to clean up excrement left on the floor by one of the women.

MTV said the Woofie Loves Snoop episode, which first aired on July 1, was "in fact a parody of an actual appearance Snoop Dogg made where he was accompanied by two women wearing neck collars and chains."

"We certainly do not condone Snoop's actions and the goal was to take aim at that incident for its insensitivity and outrageousness," the statement said.

But several prominent blacks, including New York Daily News columnist Stanley Crouch, condemned the segment as misogynist, racist, and crude, and they questioned the sincerity of MTV's contention that it was satirizing the outlandish behavior of a real-life rapper.

"Where's the context in that?" said Lisa Fager, president and cofounder of the Industry Ears, a consortium of broadcast industry professionals who monitor and critique media content.

Representatives for Snoop Dogg, who had no involvement in the show, were not immediately available for comment.

Crouch suggested in a column this week that theWhere My Dogs At? segment was an extension of dehumanizing images contained in gangsta rap videos aired by MTV and projected "around the world as 'real' black culture."

Payne Brown, a high-ranking executive at cable giant Comcast Corp., said he lodged a personal complaint in an e-mail to Norman but found her response, essentially the same as the network's press statement, to be "unsatisfying."

"Clearly, it goes far beyond the pale of anything that remotely could be considered acceptable," he said of the episode, stressing that he was not speaking for Comcast. "This is just me as an African-American father, husband and son."

The first season of the show, which carries a rating advising that parents may find its material unsuitable for children under age 14, drew a cumulative audience of 17.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.

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It's worth writing that the woman behind the campaign to cancel the show Lisa F.a.g.e.r, co-founder of the pressure group Industry Ears, lists her favorite TV show on her Facebook page as The Boondocks. In December 2005 The Boondocks aired an episode called The Trial of Robert Kelly that showed a 14 year old black girl being urinated on and enjoying it. That was aired six months before Where My Dogs At debuted. Why didn't Lisa campaign to cancel the Boondocks? The person responsible for writing the two articles condemning the show was Stanley Crouch of New York Daily News . Crouch is best known for sucker punching book critics and threatening to kill fashion editors at the Village Voice. You can read about that if you google Crouching Stanley Hidden Gansta. It was a story from the Village Voice. He has also written articles about "Why White Woman want bigger butts". His often quoted article "MTV Still clueless after all these years" attacks the show for showing Snoop Dogg walking around with women wearing leashes and dog collars. Crouch never mentions once that Snoop did walk around with women wearing leashes and dog collars, most notably at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. The award show was covered by every newspaper in the country and Lisa and Stanley Crouch didn't bother to protest Snoop's behavior. When Lisa was told that Snoop does walk around with women on leashes and collars, she responded by saying Where is the context in that?! Did Lisa have no idea how Snoop treated women? Had she been living in a cave? Where My Dogs At? called Snoop's treatment of women degarading and that's a lot more then Lisa or Stanley Crouch ever did. For some reason I could not type Lisa's last name on this board and I had to spell it F.A.G.E.R.
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Man,i hope they not cancelling for real man, that's bulls*** cancelling it because some sex incident i betcha the trick just want some money,man excuse me but that's mess up
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My cousin watches this crap?

whoa



How preteens find this garbage funny is beyond me

Oh but they don't say anything when rap videos degrade women as hoes,b*tches,etc. Honestly I think Mtv sucks big ballies I could care less about thier music. I laugh at them haha
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Please, this type of crap happens in many rap videos. In fact, Brany did something similar with two muscular black dudes wearing collars and leashes.
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are they canceling the show ? :(
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Furthing degregation of our society...thanks Mtv. Liked it better when you were about the "Music".



I do wonder though, if the ladies were of a different race if people would be as upset.
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MTV2 Is beyond pathetic. Not only were they forced to bring back 90's garbage; Beavis and Butthead and Celebrity Deathmatch

Then, the genuises at MTV in a meaker attempt to compete with Adult Swim for the same viewers. what they do???

They air simplistically idiotic, unorginal plotlines that Parady or mock Celebrites/and or the music biz (Chicao and Guapo). to get the Teeny-Booper crowd that watches Sat afternoon cartoons.. MTV2 feels the only way they can attract their Pre-PUBSCENT, inmature wannabes is to have shows that revolve entirely on bashing celebrities... Have these idiots ever considered more orignal type programming that center around original characters might actually appeal to their prized 12-17 (and above) demographic also???

The executives in charge of programming for MTV, escipally MTV2, should be fired and replaced by people who can spot and find orignal, innovative shows. SHOWS that don't appeal to the dumbest common denomator in society (mainly 13 year old Dawson Creek fans, whose attention spans around what new PARIS HILTON or Lindsay LOHAN sex tape is out there at the moment.

99.9% of MTV2 is pure garbage. Wonder SHowzen is the best show on MTV2 by far. Why can't they produce more groundbreaking, cutting edge stuff like this??? The animated shows are out there.. Trust me

IT"S TIME TO TELL MTV EXECUTIVES YOU HAVE TWO OPITONS..

1) STICK TO PLAYING MUSIC VIDEOS OR

2) AIR SOME ANIMATED SHOWS THAT INCORPORATE: CREATIVITY, INNOVATION AND HUMOR TRAGETED TO 18-39. Get rid of This S'CEMATION CRAP.. OK YOU IDIOTS??
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It's not like it's getting a second season, that hasn't happend for an MTV cartoon for years.
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Dumb move MTV.

Thank God I no longer watch that channel.
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Who cares? Family Guy does things like this every week and no one says anything about it.
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Who cares? Family Guy does things like this every week and no one says anything about it.
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Who cares? Family Guy does things like this every week and no one says anything about it.
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