Friday, September 7, 2007
What In The Hell Were You Thinking?
Uh, did Eddie Griffin REALLY think he was going to get away with this in front of a group of bougie …. uh, I mean …. not-so-young black professionals like this?!
Comedian Eddie Griffin was pulled from the stage at the 14th annual Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge after repeatedly using the “N” word.
To give you an idea of the type of folks who Griffin was performing for, all you need to know is that Al Sharpton attended the Miami conference – although not at Griffin’s performance. The crowd of 1,000 gave Black Enterprise Magazine Publisher Earl Graves a standing ovation when he came on the stage after Griffin was pulled.
I’m not mad at B.E. at all. I enjoy the publication and while I’m not sure where I stand on the whole free speech thing – especially being a journalist, I try to use the N word as little as possible.
What I choose to focus on instead is how in the world did Griffin think this was acceptable?!
B.E. hosts various events like this around the country for business professionals, often top executives. If demographic stats can be trusted, these folks are more likely to be relatively “conservative.”
This doesn’t necessarily mean registered Republicans, but just not the type of folks who would be seen laughing out loud at this kind of thing … not in public, at least … but that’s another post …
To put things in perspective, B.E. prevents their male interns from wearing dreadlocks, much less cornrows and braids. So you get the picture.
Whether Griffin’s creative freedoms were imposed upon is up in the air and somewhat irrelevant to me. Somebody needs to pull this brother aside and let him know if his comedy portfolio lacks diversity, it not only is going to hurt him professionally, but financially in the long run.
I mean Steve Harvey was able to change it up for MegaFest, one of the country’s largest Christian, family-friendly conferences led by uberpreacher Bishop T. D. Jakes. And Cedric the Entertainer managed to headline an event that had George W. Bush and his wife on the dais.
KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE, PEOPLE!!!
Once again, keeping it real has gone wrong. We got to do better.
Gene is a journalist in Phoenix. Check him ot at YBPguide.com.