NBC just announced that they will no be continuing 3 of their recent TV shows. The announcement comes forward amid tense controversy around “America’s Got Talent” facing potential lawsuits. Actors employed by NBC have faced extreme scrutiny from viewers and social activists who have accused many for being racist.
Those who have faced accusations of racism or who have said something insulting towards anyone of color have, in most cases, been fired and publicly shamed.
Though NBC has not attributed the canceling of these shows to potential racism.
It has been reported that the following shows were actually canceled in light of poor ratings throughout their run time, not because of any racist allegations.
“Bluff City Law”, “Indebted”, and “Sunnyside” will not be returning to NBC.
The choice to cancel all three of these shows quickly received negative feedback from fans. Many of them claimed that the shows were more interesting than some of the continuing shows on NBC.
TV channels/stations everywhere have also come under immense criticism over previous actors who displayed “racist” behaviors. This of course led to the firing of the following.
Bravo just fired Peter Hunziker from “Below Deck” and four members of “Vanderpump Rules” over accused racism on Instagram. Alex Kompothecras has officially been fired from MTV’s “Siesta Key”, with MTV also firing Taylor Selfridge from “Teen Mom” and Dee Nguyen from “The Challenge”.
These are just a few of the people who have lost their jobs due to allegations of racist behavior. CW has fired Hartley Sawyer from the “The Flash” and even Lifetime head coach Abby Lee Miller from “Dance Moms” was fired for racist statements.
The list goes on and on.
What is truly bizarre however is the treatment of either side during what many are calling a “racial divide” that has spread across the US. Those who say they will not stand for police brutality and for white supremacy, like Leandra Medine (Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Man Repeller) has faced extreme criticism from readers forcing her to step down for her position. (The duration of her hiatus is unclear)
Compare this to those who don’t side with groups like “Black Lives Matter” and you quickly begin to wonder how things work.
While others like Greg Glassman (Founder/CEO of CrossFit) who have expressed no compulsion or conviction to mourn the death of George Floyd saying, “We’re not mourning for George Floyd”, announced on June 9th that they had “decided to retire” after affiliates began to disaffiliate from the company.
As mentioned before, companies are firing people, brands are dropping reps, talk shows are putting people on hiatus, and entire TV shows are either being canceled or facing lawsuits. (E.g. Gabrielle Union against NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”. Did NBC really cancel shows just because they weren’t performing well?