Newsweek: TV show with black stars cancelled because America’s not ready for super-negros

by editor on November 12, 2010

Newsweek introduces the concept of “super-negros” to explain why a really horrible TV show was canceled. Imagine the uproar if Fox had said the same thing.

Race mongering writer Allison Samuels explains it all in Newsweek:

I think it’s possible that a slightly more obvious, disturbing reason could be behind Undercovers’ failure, and it’s pretty familiar: race. Prime-time audiences just weren’t ready for “super-negros” on the small screen. And that’s exactly what Undercovers was: a show about black people doing very “unblack” things. Before anyone gets upset, let me explain. “Super-negro” was a term my family often used while watching old Sidney Poitier movies back in the day. In Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (our favorite), Poitier portrays a black doctor in love with a white, wealthy young socialite during the ’60s. Pretty early in the film, you begin to realize that Poitier’s character is not just any black doctor (an accomplishment in itself for most people then, and now); he’s a black doctor with degrees from several Ivy League universities, an internationally known scholar behind cures of dozens of diseases in Africa and elsewhere. Overkill. But Poitier portraying a “regular negro” was simply not good enough during those times, so the “super-negro” was born. The same could be said of his character from In the Heat of the Night, a Philadelphia cop with highly decorated awards.

So if we understand Samuels’ logic, audiences 40 years ago accepted the super negro, but today’s audience won’t. Race relations, apparently, have gone backward in the last four decades.

According to HarperCollins.com, “Allison Samuels is an award-winning Newsweek correspondent who has covered sports and entertainment since 1996. Samuels is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the Big Sisters of America, and the UCLA Black Studies Department board of directors. She lives in Los Angeles.”

Here’s another concept, Allison, you race mongering moron: Undercovers sucked. Absolutely sucked. It would have sucked if it had starred white actors. It would have sucked if it had starred Martian actors.

Well, no, actually, now that we think about it, Martian actors would have been pretty cool. Undercovers may have lasted a few more weeks if it had starred Martians as long as they weren’t super Martians. The American people just aren’t ready to accept super Martians.

Source: Newsweek.com

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KimmyQueen
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Okay so the ONE show with black leads that didn’t work is the PROOF that we are still not living in a post racial country…?

Uhm… as people have said above the quite (considering that true racism does still in some measure exist) lenghty list of successful shows with black leads and/or important characters who are black actually proves that people are more than ready to accept black leads in primetime shows. In fact ready is not even a correct word to use has the very many successful and long running shows, showcase that people (in general) have accepted black leads already. Then let’s talk movies and other facets of entertainment (music, talk shows, radio, etc) where black people enjoy being among the richest and so on.

I have a feeling that this lady wouldn’t have said anything if Obama wasn’t President. ANYTHING now that fails and it has black people in it is now indicative of the racism of people BECAUSE so many people dislike Obama’s policies and does not agree on what he is doing in the country. If Obama was popular or not President I seriously dont think she would have mentioned this ONE failure among a plethora of successes.

The show sucked it was horrible. I did nothing for me and I am actually not surprised it was cancelled. Perhaps it was cancelled because of the hyper sexual tone of the show which was unnecessary to do in the first place. It in some ways seemed exploitive. The reason Nikita is doing fairly well because it did the sexy thing in the first episode and then after that it downplayed the sexy (to the point where it is not first and foremost) and concentrated on the STORYLINE AND DIALOGUE. The lead is actually Asian too which is interesting seeing how Nikita has been played by white women in the past. Without good writing and without good scripting and over use of sexuality a show will tank no matter who is in the lead.

This article by this lady if anything just excerbates the stupidity instead of nullifying it. She did no one any favors and she should be quiet from this point on.

perlcat
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One of the most painful things to see is when people like Samuels try to come up with something profound and wise about a matter of dollars and cents.

The lure of profits is one of the most bias-free things you’ll ever see — and Hollywood seeks profit regardless of matters of taste, race, decency, or even basic humanity. If a show doesn’t make money, they cancel it, and if they felt that a racist show would make money, they’d produce it, no matter how (and probably because of how) offensive and tasteless.

Like they said at the end of one of the Simpson’s episodes: “There is no moral.”

C_Strasburger
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C_Strasburger

Anyone notice just how bad the race thing has gotten since we installed the worlds greatest, most hyper-intelligent, messianic super negro in the white house?

The whole thing disgusts and embarrasses me beyond belief….we are becoming the worlds newest joke….and all thanks to the most irresponsible, most pathetic news media of all time…

KimmyQueen
Member

Yes I have quite noticed that…

perlcat
Member

Yes, it’s quite nasty anymore, because the demos practice the politics of division, previously known as ‘divide and conquer’.

They love to pit race against race, and create different classes in a country that prided itself on a classless society, so they can pit class against class. I realize that the class rhetoric is more of a socialist thing, but I’m having a hard time telling the difference between a red and a donk anymore. There was once a day when calling a demo a commie was something that’d get your ass kicked.

They thrive off of arguments and discord — which is why I’ll do my best to include and get to know people that I don’t normally spend a lot of time with. I’ve learned a lot as a consequence, including the fact that many people who don’t look *exactly* like me are closet conservatives, just waiting for encouragement.

sa_rose
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sa_rose

Since when are TV shows judged by the color of the actors? I always heard it was based on polls (number of watchers) and advertising response. WHat about Lone Star? All white, cancelled after 2 shows! And I hear the GoodGuys are on the potential chopping block. Detroit 187 is getting “questionable ratings” so they may be next. This reported is raaacist and should be fired!

SC
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SC

Nope, not ready…

danybhoy
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danybhoy

As a fan of music & sport, as are most people, I can tell you most people don’t care what color the people of greatness are. We as a society just like great.

YT
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YT

Oh man, where to start?
Maybe its because for the last 3 decades or so, the media has tried to shove a false image of minorities down our collective throats all the while constantly labeling anyone that tries to apply color-blind standards as racist. Its so bad now that the news will not describe a suspect at large as black. Just that they are “male between the ages of 19 and 30, 6’8″ tall wearing baggy jeans and a hoodie last seen at the corner of MLK st. and Rosa Parks Dr.”

Or maybe Americans are sick of seeing overpaid people with ” is a member of the National Association of Black xxxx, and the Uxxx Black Studies Department board of directors. ” on their C.V. that aren’t worth a damn. Ya, there’s a big demand for employers to hire people with a degree in African studies. Forget anything like the hard or social sciences where the evil, racist whiteys study to get decent jobs.

Or maybe its because after all the propaganda in public school, history channel specials all February, every February and the constant harping by journalists….anyone with a cursory understanding of statistics, an internet connection and some free time (let alone personal experiences) can figure out that african-americans as a population are not like the rest of us and it insults our intelligence to show us yet another “super negro” and then pull the old “ray-cis!” card out when its not swallowed. Do you remember a few years ago when the guy that won the nobel prize for the discovery of DNA basically said as much? I got a hoot out of that. In that instant, he confirmed what I knew since adolescence but could never say AND explained the cognitive dissonance such race pimpers like you and Jesse cause someone who genuinely thought “race is a social construct, we are all the same on the inside, etc.”

I’ve got a better term for you, Allison. Its called “Magic Blacks” . They are the ones we read about, see on TV and see in movies but have never actually encountered first hand. Kind of like bigfoot.

chen
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chen

Seriously what a load of stupid racist idiots on this page and elsewhere, one comment rated awesome talking of ‘magic blacks’
Read the last statement and if you can’t see the stupidity the majority carry, you are freeofbrains, how can people be so stupid to not realise race affecting judgements is racism, damn this show was perfect.
This was one of the best shows on tv, literally flawless in a mind free of skepticism. It was excellent, the low ratings are 1. Not actually that low, for a show subject to racist boycotting (concious or sub) and 2. An outofdate and undeserving tool of judgement. In this daynage online distribution is more popular than that of television, this show should been evrywhere and had more faith bestowed upon it. The two leads were challenging, that is why a lot of people didn’t get them

Its placement (or lack of) was wrong
Jjabrams stopping writing after 3 episodes was wrong
not pushing the show worldwide was wrong
Some creative choices (writing) were wrong
Its judgement was wrong
this blog article is wrongly published opinion

perlcat
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It’s understandable to be upset when your show is canceled. However, most people didn’t watch it, which is why it got canceled.

Put the “your opinion is wrong” conspiracy theories to rest, chester. Better luck on your next show.

CO2Insanity
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Being an old geezer you had a film genre called “blacksploitation” films in the 70’s like Shaft, Blacula Superfly and others. I actually liked many of them and remember going to the “submarine races” (AKA Drive-in movies for you youngin’s). Roots was a huge hit, I watched it on TV every week and never missed an episode. As noted Cosby was a hit, not to mention Bill Cosby had another hit called I Spy. You also had the Jeffersons, Sanford & Son and Hard Times and others. I also watched many of these. The actors for the most part were superb, the writing was good and their popularity didn’t have jack shit to do with the color of the cast.This is more racism from the liberals who seem to revel in making sure the various races and religions don’t get along. They have to keep the pot stirred up so they can come to rescue their created problem.

Kip Hooker
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Haha, I loved watching Shaft, Dolemite and Cleopatra Jones when I was a kid.

I’ve always had to laugh at the condescension of those that suggest we reject black culture. I like the think that black culture is American culture and that these things fused together to make for art that could never have otherwise existed. A good portion of the music I enjoy would never have existed had there been no Muddy Waters or Howlin Wolf. And anyone that can assume that P-Diddy is culturally significant to whatever group he is claimed to represent has obviously never heard Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” or “Giant Steps”

donavandean
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donavandean

i agree. this show is about bad writing and production, that has been done 100 times. just because two very good-looking people are staring in a show, does not make it good. it has nothing to do with skin color. besides.. the time slot is weird, monday 8-10?

Kip Hooker
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I am going to take this unique opportunity to agree with Donavan.

perlcat
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I don’t know nothing about it. I don’t watch TV. No time for it.

KimmyQueen
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Wow… donavan? is that really you? I am afraid to say it but I agree… *revels on the weirdness of it all*

SCDiver
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SCDiver

I second that emotion… I had to read his post twice…

I, too, agree…

CO2Insanity
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Don’t even get me started on the new Hawaii 5-0. I’m amazed it’s still on TV.

LeBron Steinman
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LeBron Steinman

America’s not ready for “super negros”” ?
How about the “rent is too damn high” guy?

Plainsman
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Plainsman

This is no surprise and race has nothing to do with it. Just like most of these ridiculous spy/cop law and order (puke!!!) shows, most of the characters are played by beautiful people who are portrayed as being so WITH-IT that you just want to spew! Race my butt!

Kjackers
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Kjackers

I guess since Chuck is still on the air (huh? Whats up with that!) then we’re racist if we don’t watch this one. Look, no doubt about it they’re an attractive couple (espcially Gugu Mbatha-Raw – ooo la la) but even with J.J. you still need not only good but unique writing. I was looking forward to this show but in the end I couldn’t help but feel that I’ve seen it all before. That’s why J.J’s ‘Lost’ was so compleling – it was unique – even if the wrap-up was a big disappointment.

Elrond Hubbard
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Elrond Hubbard

Nobody watched “Undercovers” and it got cancelled. Nobody read Newsweek and it got sold for $1.00. There’s a moral here and it’s got nothing to do with race. Sadly, Allison Samuels is not a “super journalist” and cannot see beyond her own pre-conceptions and prejudices.

dts-01
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dts-01

And of course Everyone hated the Cosby show. Took ’em 7 years to figure it out, though.