Controversy at it's finest
Irv Gotti’s new BET show Tales was a pleasant surprise for everyone. The first episode got off to a bang. If it did one thing right, it was getting people to talk about the series. It might not be the best conversation, but any publicity is good publicity in this case. There were some controversial scenes in the episode, and some fans thought it was a little too brutal.
Starting Out Strong
Things started out with a bang. The very first episode of the show was filled with racism and discrimination and topped it off with an interesting flip on society. It was unexpected, but that might have been what made it so memorable.
The most talked about scene was one that ended up with Brody Jenner hanging from a tree, lynched. The episode was based on the lyrics from one of the most famous rap songs of all time, N.W.A.’s “F**k Tha Police.”
The episode flipped everything that you know about today’s world in a very interesting way. The violent racist cops and all the wealthiest people were all black, while the white people were the ones that were the minority living in the projects.
The whole idea behind the show is that Irv wanted to take the lyrics from different rap songs and turn them into episodes. Apparently, he chose to take things pretty seriously in the very first episode, and it smacked fans in the face. The way that he portrayed white people really left some people shook.
Airing It Out
After some controversy and serious criticisms, Irv took to his Instagram to explain to everyone what he was really trying to do. He wrote:
“I wanted to explain this scene. I put it in the ending Riot scene at the end with D’Angelo “How Does It Feel” playing. Because I wanted to show in reverse. What Hollywood always shows Black People. Reminds us of the fact that our ancestors Hung from a Tree. So it goes with the whole Race Reversal Vibe of the episode. And who did I call to get hung. MY F**KING BROTHER. @brodyjenner who was totally down for what I was trying do. And the message I was trying to get across. Which by the way. Is a message that what’s wrong is wrong. Doesn’t matter if someone is Black. White. Spanish. Indian. Asian. What’s wrong is wrong.”