Vibe.com is reporting that BET, Black Entertainment Television is running an anti-Obama ad in markets including Cleveland and Seattle, sponsored by a super PAC called Pivot Point Washington. The ad says that Obama has cut aid to black colleges and black businesses and “his support of gay marriage is a slap in the face to people of faith.” It then asks rhetorically, “How can I vote for someone who doesn’t respect me?”
Black Entertainment Television is owned by Viacom, the same media entertainment company that owns LOGO, the LGBT cable station and had no legal obligation to run the ad. Broadcasters are obligated to run ads supported by candidates themselves, whether the ads are true or not. However, no such law exists for outside political groups. Broadcasters may decide to choose or reject a deceptive or outrageous ad. BET obviously felt that few of its viewers would find the commercial offensive.
Shame on BET and shame on Viacom.
There is nothing more offensive or disgusting as one group who is and has been discriminated against pushing discrimination towards others.