Are you getting into BET's newest SCRIPTED show 'The Quad'. Well apparently the SHOWS STEAMY and seedy plotlines have ruffled a few feathers, NAMELY the president of legendary HBCU, Hampton University.
Hampton University President William R. Harvey took his DISDAIN all the way to the top--the President of BET, Debra Lee!
Harvey ACCUSES ‘The Quad’ (which by the way is a FICTIONAL SHOW) of misrepresenting HBCU leadership and student culture. Get a little TASTE of what his GRIPE is with the show:
Devoid of any reference to academics, The Quad is about a president who is promiscuous, trustees who are unwilling to deal with a rogue band director, and a band director who condones criminal activity on the part of his drum major. The Quad will lead many to believe that HBCUs exist because of their marching bands; that our presidents are unethical; that our boards are dysfunctional and have misplaced priorities; that our faculty, students and administrators are driven by sex, alcohol, marijuana, low self-esteem, parties and a preoccupation with music; that it is acceptable to disrespect women; that university policy can be set by a band director; and that there are no standards of conduct or penalties for bad behavior. This depiction seems more analogous to a disgruntled, adolescent and unrealistic point of view that some may have. It also feeds a false narrative about the irrelevance of HBCUs.
We cannot afford this kind of storytelling. It amounts to the type of ‘fake news’ that is prevalent today. You see, all that most people know about HBCUs is what they see on television. What I saw on BET February 1st was not accurate; rather, it was a bogus representation of very important and historic institutions.
Did he really say 'FAKE NEWS'? That's a HOT TOPIC these days, but the last time i CHECKED, 'The Quad' is FICTIONAL, set on a FICTIONAL college campus. So to be TECHNICAL, it is FAKE because it's supposed to be. This type of ire was also seen from HBCU causing for VH1 to cancel the ill-advised 'Sorority Sisters'. Does anyone REMEMBER THAT short-lived reality series. Well I ATTENDED an HBCU for a VERY BRIEF period of time and I have to tell you, some of the PLOTS in 'The Quad' I've seen FIRSTHAND, so the FICTION is not too far from FACT.
What we need to stop doing is taking OFFENSE to every single thing in the name of 'legacy', and appearances. HBCU's are a VALUED part of society, but not all the DEALINGS and etc are PRETTY. There is an 'UGLY' side to almost anything, and in being CREATIVE, you have to PORTRAY the good with the BAD. I am sure this little CONTROVERSY will help the RATINGS of the SALACIOUS show, so BET, it's another WIN/WIN situation it seems.
You can read the FULL 3-page letter if you like...
Hampton University's President slams BET's new show 'The Quad'. #TheQuadBET pic.twitter.com/3XQt4pPo0p— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 17, 2017
If you wish to see what all the FUSS is about, CHECK OUT the PILOT episode of 'The Quad' right here!!!