The controversy over the suspension of a BET producer continues, according to the Hollywood Reporter on Monday. There are several lingering questions about the Blue Ivy joke made on television which resulted in a BET producer getting disciplined. First of all, should anyone have been suspended for making a joke about Blue Ivy’s hair? Was the big fuss and apology made just because the baby who was joked about is Beyonce and Jay-Z’s baby girl? Would a joke about anyone else’s baby’s hair have even gotten a reaction from BET or any other television network?
There are those who assert that there has been much too much made of the incident in which Queen Bey and Jay’s baby Blue Ivy was the butt of a joke on BET’s “106 & Park” program. The joke was made after Blue Ivy appeared on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards show with Bey and Jay as Beyonce received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. On the “106 & Park” show, guest host Karrueche Tran was doing a segment about Blue Ivy’s hypothetical thoughts as her mom and dad were on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards show with her, according to WebProNews.
Tran said, pretending to be Blue Ivy, “I really did wake up like this, because my parents never comb my hair.” Then, Tran said, “Sorry, Blue. I love you.” The joke was obviously made about the appearance of baby Blue Ivy’s hair on national television. The hair was obviously the baby’s natural hair look – and probably shouldn’t have been used as insulting joke material.
Yet, some say that Beyonce and Jay-Z should have had something done to make the hair look different – if not better. After all, they say, those two people can definitely afford to have the baby’s hair done – if they don’t want to do something with it themselves. Others say that the joke was warranted because the hair didn’t look very good. And yet others are saying that “it’s a baby, for crying out loud – leave her alone!” Many also believe that the joke was not thrown at the unknowing child but instead it was shade thrown at the power couple, Jay-Z and Beyonce, for bringing the baby on stage looking like that.
Regardless, Stephen Hill, BET’s president of music programming and specials, ended up apologizing on Twitter. It was also noted that Beyonce and Jay-Z were apologized to personally for the joke as well. On Twitter, Hill wrote after the incident that there was a stupid, unthoughful joke made about a young child on “106 & Park.” He went on to write that BET was apologizing publically to the child’s parents – and that the network has taken punitive actions with those responsible for the joke. He wrote publically: “It was very bad judgment and we will serve you much better in the future.” He concluded the four-part social media messaging by saying that the joke was not Karruecher’s fault.
Is it much to do about nothing? Or should there have been a firing over making fun of Blue Ivy’s hair? Many believe there has been much over-concern about the joke simply because it’s Beyonce and Jay-Z – and the joke probably offended them. After all, every parent thinks their baby is beautiful regardless of whether the hair is done or not, don’t they?