I've covered one of my favorite comics-related statements, from the interview, in an earlier blog entry. Here's one related to Hudlin's position as head of B.E.T. Entertainment:
For all the complaining about the films made depicting blacks in Hollywood and the way we're being depicted onscreen, when people step out on a limb and make movies like Akeelah and the Bee or The Gospel, we don't support those films. On the flip side, Big Momma's House II grossed about 70 mil. Why do you think that is?
RH: The PBS effect. Everyone says that they don't like to see sex and violence, and that TV shows should be less exploitative and more educational. But when programming like that is offered, from PBS to Pax, viewers don't tend to show up. People don't like to admit that are a bundle of contradictions, but they are. This is not a "black" problem, this is a "human" problem. Of course, programming that doesn't have sex and violence has to rely on pure craftsmanship to entertain. So the bar is higher for it to break out and connect and move an audience.
Lastly; a lot of very well intented programming is just badly made; so when the audience doesn't support it, people think that's a rejection of positive values. And of course the converse is true - people enjoy morally dubious entertainment because often it is very well made!
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