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The White Elephant

in the Room

6/14/2007 3:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Hang on tight -- its about to get racial up in here. TMZ has learned that 2007 could be the first year that a white musician wins a Black Entertainment Television Award ... besides Michael Jackson.

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Platinum-selling superstar Robin Thicke has been nominated for two BET Awards: Best Male R&B Artist, and his song "Lost Without You" is up for a Viewer's Choice Award. Only two other white artists have ever even been nominated for a BET Award -- Justin Timberlake and Eminem -- but neither of them took home the prize. Could Robin break down the BET color barrier?!

The competition is thick; Thicke is up against Akon, John Legend, Gerald Levert, and Ne-Yo for Best Male, and competing with Beyonce, Birdman & Lil' Wayne, Bow Wow featuring Chris Brown, Ciara and UNK for the Viewer's Choice.

The BET Awards will be live from The Shrine in Los Angeles, Tuesday, June 26.

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GOLD ONE    

DOES ANYONE ON HERE LIVE PAST THE MASON DIXON LINE ??
WHITE PEOPLE STOP IT YOU SOUND BAD AN BLACK PEOPLE U KNOW WE NEED NOT EXPLAIN TO ANYONE OUR ACTIONS!! PEOPLE GET INFORMED, AN STAY POSITIVE THIS IS NOT THE WAY OUR COUNTRY SHOULD BE!! I LOVE U ALL !!

2643 days ago
17.

angela    

This goes out to the TMZ writers! Why does it have to be a racial thing? Robin is a wonderful artist but was up against even better artist and this had nothing to do with race. You need to check yourself and your humility!!!!!!!

2643 days ago
18.

Carmen    

ROBOHO, YOU OWN BEYONCE AND AMERICA AN APOLOGY!!!!!!! IS THIS RACIAL PROFILING!!!!!!

2642 days ago
19.

SAD    

no need to comment he didn't win

2641 days ago
20.

By Any Means Necessary    

My comment is in response to the posting made "themomma" if you researched BET before you so ignorantly called BET or the awards show racist you know why BET was established... However, since you obviously know nothing about the history of BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION, I will school you... When MTV began way back when, African American were not showcased. So the founder of BET realized African Americans needed an outlet, a place where our TV show, videos, and news would enlighten our culture. Going forward BET has grown from a small cable network into a world renowned icon. If it were not for BET a lot of the hip hop music you so freely listen too would still be muzzled, because MTV did not jump on the band wagon until much later to begin showcasing African American talent…
Despite your ignorance, you did not have to watch the BET awards, just like you do not have to tune in to BET!!!!!!! African Americans have struggled through out our existence, and racist, people like you hate to see our culture rise… However, no matter what you do, we will always rise… Are you intimidated!
"Themomma" opinions are like but holes everybody has one, and although your opinions are that of an ignorant, racist, your thoughts and opinions only help me in my quest to rise…

2639 days ago
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torombola    

Why don't people understand that Black Entertainment Television doesn't stand for our network is only for blacks and whites are not allowed, BET stands for pride of being who you are as a black person and if white american wont give black people an equal chance in being recognized for our achievements well we need to have some medium of appreciation for our own and recogniziton and if that is bothering some white people so be it. You don't see anyone on the BET awards forcing white people to use a different bathroom just because they were white, or having to use a different entrance or anything thing discriminatory like that. By definition racism only can occur when members of a group are being excluded just because of the color of their skin which is not the case as a considerable number of whites where in the audience and also have perform in the awards so who says that the BET awards are racist is either ignorant or a hypocrit.

2639 days ago
22.

torombola    

You know what assman? I have the same opinion about country music which bring us to this: IF YOU DONT LIKE RAP MUSIC, WHO SINGS IT, WHO LISTENS TO IT, ETC there is a simple solution for that... DONT LISTEN TO IT. DONT BUY IT. CHANGE THE DAMN CHANNEL WHEN YOU SEE IT ON TV YOU PUMPOUS PRICK. Do you see me whining about country music and how horrible and stupid it sounds? No because there is something called free will and a damn control remote. IF YOU DONT LIKE IT TURN IT OFF DUMBASS!!!!

2639 days ago
23.

torombola    

SAY IT LOUD.... I'M BLACK AND I'M PROUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2639 days ago
24.

saha    

i dont mind robi thice, hes a good artist, does anyone know if hes on peekamo?

2602 days ago
25.

diane    

Robin Thicke is perfectly at home at BET. He has a great neo soul song that was very hot and a big seller. He is comfortable and was no way a white elephant in the room. No one trips with Robin Thicke. As far as the white entertainment comment the majority of the network are already white entertainment tv. ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, TBS, A&E, HBO etc. They are all owned & operated by white people including BET which is owned by Viacom. Television is already part of the infrastructure so subliminally you don't know it is or see it as White. So when something comes out that is different some peoples feathers get ruffled. Take a look around you and see what the real deal is.

2638 days ago
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DEE    

NEWS FLASH TO EVERYONE BET IS NO LONGER BLACK OWNED. THE FOUNDER BOB JOHNSON (WHO IS BLACK) SOLD IT TO VIACOM FOR APPROXIMATELY 3 BILLION DOLLARS IN 2000. MR JOHNSON IS THE MAJORITY STOCK HOLDER AND STILL CEO OF BET, HOWEVER HE HAS TO REPORT TO MEL KARMAZIN THE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF VIACOM. IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE THE BLUE EYED SOULED FOLK STARTED TO GET REWARDED FOR DOING HOME GROWN BLACK MUSIC. ROBIN THICKE IS VERY TALENTED AND DESERVED THE AWARD.
PS JUST BECAUSE WHITE PEOPLE ARE DOING MUSIC THAT IS CONSIDERED "BLACK" DOES NOT MEAN THEY THEMSELVES WANT TO BE BLACK THEY JUST WANT BLACK CULTURE. AS FOR THE WET (WHITE ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION ) THAT EXIST UNDER ANOTHER NAME CMT (COUNTRY MUSIC TELEVISION)

2638 days ago
27.

sheikh    

hey for all you people describing BET as racist. look at mtv they do put up black people song for nominees but the white people mostly win n besides its a black entertainment t.v award for gud black singers neways what goes around comes around b4 u never see a black artist but now u do so it gotta be payback tyme so it can be equal!!!!!!!!!!!!

2600 days ago
28.

elden    

Fist in the air reminds me of a German War Criminal Hitler!
We are all equal Black ,White,Brown, Yellow, or Purple.. I saw many children in the audience, what are you teaching them when you say "Black Power! " Blacks are better than everyone? Hypocritical! Tolerance, equality, forgivenness,and acceptances should be
the teachings for a different world. I turned into the award show to honor some of my favorite artist who move me incredibly.

2634 days ago
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hana gee    

check thereal write up on the peekamo site.

2633 days ago
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LadyBlueEyes    

Maybe it`s time for a name change the R & B awards hahhahahhahahah a white guy ....I would refuse it cause he ain`t black lmfao

2633 days ago
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