Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith

ESPN2 (ended 2007)


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Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith

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Quite frankly, Stephen A. Smith will express his true opinions about sports, culture, and other topics on his new show. Fresh off his NBA commentating role on ESPN, Smith will be able to discuss more topics in all sports. Smith's opinions are insightful, and this show will certainly show it.
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  • The only thing this guy talks about is race.

    I would like to talk about Stephen A. Smith. The only thing this guy talks about is race. I want sports analysis not someone's racist opinions about how all people are against African Americans. The 60's are over build him a time machine and send him back. Racism still exists but no where near what this guy thinks of them. Most fans could care less about race; and by keeping this guy around you are promoting the idea that we are all ignorant peons that need social training on behavior to not be influenced by color to make our decisions. Treat us like somewhat reasonable and intelligent people, please. Steven thinks this Bonds thing is just about race just as everything else. Yes I agree that there are discriminations going on constantly around the world in every walk of life, but in the world of sports race diminishes because of the fans love of their team. When illegal activity happens no one likes to see their heroes go down no matter the race. But when there is a problem with an athlete all eyes will be focused on them what ever color they are because they are in our view; and just because the number of people involved are of African American decent doesn't matter, at this point the American people like to wonder, ponder, and poke into any celebrities life. Bonds is a victim of his success because he broke "the record" if anyone white, Hispanic, oriental, or black would have broke that record of most home runs they would have felt the weight of the world if implicated in steroids. Now with this Sean Taylor shooting I'm sure Steven Smith will find a way to implicate race into that as well. It is a conspiracy by whitey. The 60's are over build him a time machine and send him back so he can join the Black Power movement. We watch sports programs for analysis not someone's racist opinions about how the whole world is against African Americans.moreless
  • The racial discrimination on Television these days. The african american population gets on tv and gets to say what they feel about white poeple. We are now in a generation of equal oppurtunity.moreless

    This is for Stephen A. Smith. I was watching Sports Center

    this morning, when I heard something ignorant and racist come out of your mouth. To say the Pittsburgh Steelers hired Mike Tomlin to give the african american race a shot at coaching is ignorant. And to say that those positions are usually reserved for white men with the credentials. You are so wrong my friend. Look at the Super Bowl, not just because they are african americans coaches, but because they are two excellent coaches, this is why they are there, and may the best coach win! You hire the ones who can get the job done. We are now in a generation were race does not matter, but only to you. Everyone jumps off the wall when Rush Limbaugh makes a comment about Donovan McNabb, so I think the same thing needs to happen to you, (Stephen A. Smith). Personally your show needs to be canceled and for you to go back to writing for the Philidelphia 76ers. Denying this statement is unquestionable, because you said it on live TV.

    If I was to say this, but the other way around, I probably would be killed or in jail. Get over your ego, because you are not the only successful african american on TV. Look again, there thousands, maybe more. You have insulted the white population of Television and they need an apology. Do not take away Mike Tomlins credentials because he is african american, because you made it sound like he is getting a charity ride.moreless
  • Unfortunately the program has had racist undertones over the past few weeks.

    I hate to give this show a bad grade, due to my previous respect for its host, Mr. Smith. For the past year and a half my daily routine has included tuning in to watch Quite Frankly. I especially enjoy the Back Page Panel segment. It has been obvious that Mr. Smith has always searched for opinions from leaders in the African American community. I have even commented to my wife, how much I respect him for his passive stand against racism in the media. From black professors and journalists to black athletes, almost all have had insightful and interesting opinions. A week or two ago an episode included Stephen A. Smith stating numerous times how racist the media and the average person are toward African Americans. His point was not wrong or out of context, just unnecesary. I felt that his previous strategy for righting the wrongs of racism was more effective. That is just a matter of opinion, and although dissapointed I continued to watch and enjoy the show. However, the program that ran on January 8th is an entirely different matter. The debate began about the political legacy of Muhammed Ali, and then spun off to a debate about the Nation of Islam and other radical Black right's groups. One of the guests stated that the Nation of Islam stood for white genocide and was as racist as the society they were fighting against. He concluded that in order to defeat racism you cannot fight fire with fire but must use passive peaceful methods, as Dr. King used. Mr. Smith angrily said you must fight fire with fire and then enticed the other black guests to back him up. I cannot believe that he was meaning to support the methods used by the Nation of Islam but he definately made it sound that way. Later in the show he also insinuated that Dr. Martin Luther King was innefective due to his peaceful methods. Not only were his comments ridiculous and uncalled for, they were completely uninformed and ignorant; a word I have never before found to apply to Mr. Smith. Throughout history great men such as Gandhi and Dr. King have found the only productive way to defeat racism and hate is to resist peacefully. This method not only draws support from your own communtiy but from the opposite side as well, which is the key to success. While one will never agree completely with the totality of another's viewpoints, the host of a television program must be able to maintain some degree of impartiality on a topic of such volatility. I am afraid that many a young black man who admire Mr. Smith will take his comments and run with them to a place that can only end in tragedy and heartache. Unfortunately, they may have the same effect on young white men, whom he has undoubtedly angered. While I will never be able to watch the show again, I do hope that Mr. Smith will realize his mistake and once again have the positive impact he is capable of.moreless
  • Very dissappointed in the comments made by Judge

    Why the heck would a Judge use the name SLAVERY!!! I was watching your show and the reference of slavery came associated to and with Sheffied?? This guy has been nothing but pompus since his inception into the league! How do we find a way to protect his personal actions when he is just plain selfish no matter what his color!!!! Give me a break!! Slavery and making 13 mil - No comparison!!!moreless
  • "Remember, this is my house, but you're welcome any time."

    The show can be informative mainly in the things we get to learn about the guests which are athletes, celebrities, even politicians like Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Wayne Gretzky, Donald Trump, Dennis Rodman, and Jerry Bruckheimer. It can be entertaining but at times Stephen may speak his mind a little too much. His loud tone expressed during debates has earned him the nickname "Screamin' A. Smith" which fits just right. I do like the fact that the audience can get involved and ask him questions at the end of the show but I would like it if there was more of it.moreless