I hate this show. Honestly I do. I think it is a clown act, a minstrel blackface stage act. That’s right, BET’s American-idolesque rip off is putting on the ritz even as we speak.
I don’t know how gcmwatch got on BET’s mailing list, but I got the giddy promo email and it kind of set me off. From Zabrina Horton, BET communcations manager:
As I’m sure you would attest, gospel music is bigger than ever, with songs beloved by generations and sung by arguably the best singers in the world. I am writing to ensure that you’re aware of the return of BET’s gospel singing competition, SUNDAY BEST. Hosted by gospel giant Kirk Franklin, and judged by Grammy Award-winning gospel artists BeBe Winans and Erica and Tina Campbell of gospel duo Mary Mary, the high-octane series travels the country visiting storefront churches, parishes and mega-churches to find gospel’s next superstar. The finalists will be coached by famed musical artists, both gospel and secular, as they compete to win the SUNDAY BEST title.
In its first season, SUNDAY BEST was among the network’s top primetime series, having averaged more than 1.8 million viewers per week. Crystal Aiken of Tacoma , Washington was awarded with a national recording contract with Zomba Gospel and drove away with a Toyota Camry and a $300,000 Tide “Loads of Hope” prize package to support her community.
Whether it is the 18-year-old prodigy or the 55-year-old late bloomer, everyone will get a chance to show their SUNDAY BEST, with contestants and special guest artists each week showcasing some of the world’s most talented performers. As gospel music’s cross-over appeal continues to expand more and more around the globe, I invite you to spread the word and celebrate the return of SUNDAY BEST.”
Why is BET so happy? They can pimp the minstrels and get more money. Cha-ching! Very easy! Ms Horton practically drools over that aspect. Gospel music is “bigger than ever”, its a “prime time show”, it has “cross over appeal”, the contestants will be coached by gospel and secular singers (wow!), winners will get a car, money, and loads of Tide, and of course a “gospel giant” like Kirk Franklin will be there to play out his silly Ryan Seacrest imitation. Wow. Arent you excited?
There are several reasons this show is hemlock:
1. Gospel is controlled and defined by a completely secular entity whose sole motivation is money.
2. The sole motivation allows anyone to falsely represent what the music of the gospel is.
3. The show is nothing more than a performance, something antithetical to true gift sharing which is congruent with the written word.
4. They trick silly gospel fans with catch phrases like ” this is ministry” and “we’re reaching the youth”.
5. It dumbs God’s gifts to the church down to the lowest common denominator.
6. Winners will be subjected to the poisoned influence of unrepentant homosexuals in the gospel music industry, thus ensuring more of the same asinine drivel being passed off as gospel music.
Last year’s winner Crystal Aikin, no sooner than she collected her winners ribbon headed off to “minister” at a homosexual church dedication in Atlanta. She and her manager claimed anointed ignorance among other things.