Sunday, September 02, 2007

Read A Motherfuckin' Book!

This controversial PSA is running on BET. What do you think of it as a cartoon short and does it work as a Public Service Announcement?

10 comments:

t.a.m.s.y. said...

best PSA ever.

Clinton said...

hey brian,

the video was entertaining. i was laughing and shaking my head in discontent during the video. Lil' John can put OK!! in any song and it will sell a million copies. with dave chappelle's help, it's 2 million. If this PSA can raise the literacy level in the black population, then I'm a mongoose. BET sucks ass because it reinforces the notion that you have to have gangbangin', bootyclappin' foes on television to talk to black people. and my people suck for still watching BET. a great find, Brian, I'm gonna share it with others.

Art F. said...

Is this for real? A PSA? I don't know, I think If I was a Black man I would be kinda pissed and insulted. It just reinforces all of the stereotypes. If you put intructions in the form of Rap music, are Black people more apt to follow said instructions? I don't think anyone helped themselves socially with this thing.

Brian Romero said...

It's for real all right. I first heard about it on CNN. There's also some major discussion going on about it on the BET forums.

Kali Fontecchio said...

What's with all the profanities? Seriously, are we beyond normal english to get through to people? Scary!

PCUnfunny said...

Chaulk this up to another reason to be embarassed when you're Black.I can't even laugh, this makes me too angry.

Jorge Garrido said...

THIS VIDEO IS GENIUS!!! They should make a spanish version ofr all the ignoratn ass latinos who won't fucking read a book.

READ A BOOK, READ A BOOK, READ A BOOK, ESE!

SHAVE THAT STUPID FUCKING ETHNIC TEENAGE FUZZ MUSTACHE OFF, ESE!

By the way, a black guy did it. Go to NotARapper.com. He's the poet with a hip-hop style, and the song itself is an authentic parody of crunk.

G1toons said...

i think the point is being missed, this is not a PSA per say, i dont think people are gonna get up and start reading a book from this, remember it is a parody of the formula of "rap" not "hip Hop" music to day, the artist just flipped it using more positive lyrics, but with the same imagery, it is very clever and raised questions about the music and the wrong direction it has gone, at the same token where the are the parents, why are BET, MTV and every reality show raising children, why does education differ so much depending on the area, yet everyone is making a fuss about this video, we all need to take a look in the mirror {parents, teachers}

Sophie said...

This was hilariously genius. It's called satire, and it's a pity America is too illiterate to understand it. Read a book!

Anonymous said...

In their era, the Last Poets did the same thing: adressing the people they felt they belonged to in a form they felt the audience would understand. The medium served the message. I don't recall them being criticised for perpetuating stereotypes. Whenever I see the 'stereotype' argument brought up I think of Tony Soprano's reply to his daughters question 'Are you in the mob?'