Anyone else catch Hot Ghetto Mess (er, We Got to Do Better) on BET last night? I did. I usually don't even bother watching TV during the week anymore, even though I still pay out the ass for cable, but I figured what the fuck? I was home anyway, and I had some beer I needed to get rid of before I go out of town. Or at least that's what I told myself.
Before Hot Ghetto Mess came on there was this show called S.O.B., short for Socially Offensive Behavior. I think. It's hosted by DL Hughley, who usually comes off pretty well on TV talk shows like Real Time with Bill Maher, but I guess he's hard up for work since whatever sitcom he was on got canceled. Is there still such a thing as the WB? Must not be.
Come to find out, S.O.B. is pretty much a rip of those Amazing Racist videos that were circulating the Internets a couple of years ago. If you're not familiar with them, they were these videos where this guy Ari Shaffir would do things that were ridonkulously racist and then you would laugh at it. I though it was pretty much the funniest shit evar, though I know djxplicit didn't find it very funny, especially the one where he picks up the illegal immigrant day laborers and drops them off in front of La Migra. Ha!
Of course S.O.B. doesn't feature anything nearly as "racist" and hence funny. Probably the funniest bit last night was one that took place in a restaurant where they would seat people based on race. I know, every restaurant does that, but at this place they actually announced it as their policy. If this only sounds kinda funny, that's because it was. I love the idea of the show, but I was waiting for a train wreck and all I got was a few fender benders.
Similarly, all Hot Ghetto Mess is is some shit BET ripped from the Internets. Obviously the show is based on the website of the same name, which features pictures of black people with unfortunate hair styles and what have you (apparently the only thing black people enjoy looking at on the Internets), but the bulk of the show is made of videos that they obviously just taped off of motherfucking YouTube. The first one was actually "Why Must I Cry?" by Reh Dogg, and I had seen several of the other ones already.
There were also some Jay Leno-style man on the street segments and some other bullshit, but none of it was really that funny. In fact, the show probably would've been better if all they did was show Reh Dogg videos for half an hour, though of course they had to fade "Why Must I Cry?" out before he actually cocks the gun and points it at his head. Again, I couldn't help but think that this show would've been that much better if BET actually had the balls to be genuinely offensive. But if they were gonna do that, they could just bring back BET Uncut. I liked that better anyway.
After the jump is another video that I'm sure will turn up on Hot Ghetto Mess a good six months after everyone has already seen it, provided Hot Ghetto Mess sticks around that long.