Every time there’s a black anything, there’s an uproar. In television, every time you try to cast a black character or have a black sitcom, or black drama, they are met with… civil rights leaders weigh in and say if they agree with it, or if it’s stereotypical. Art is art, it’s subjective. If you dig it, you watch it. If you don’t, you don’t. But they have the added dimension of having to run it by civil rights leaders.
I don’t know that these guys are writers, I don’t know that these guys are artists, but I think that really, the things they’re involved with are so intricate, they need to stick with that. But in terms of deciding what’s stereotypical, they seem inconsistent to me. The same things they rail against Amos and Andy about, or Homeboys in Outer Space about, they praise Tyler Perry for. All those art forms are valid, and should be able to do what they do.”
D.L. Hughley, in response to the question: “One thing I saw in the description for your books was how civil rights leaders are to blame for black people not being represented on television. Care to elaborate on that?”