Stephen Bishop Responds To Criticism Of There Being Too Many Black Mistresses On TV

February 10, 2014  |  

Source: WENN

At this point, just about anybody with access to an online forum has weighed in on the controversy that is black women sleeping with married men on television. The disgust erupted among some as soon as “Scandal” made it’s splash in 2012 and now BET’s hit show “Being Mary Jane” has only added more fuel to that ever-growing fire.

We had the chance to chat with one of “Being Mary Jane’s” leading men, Stephen Bishop, a.k.a. David, a.k.a “never answer,” and we decided to get his take on this whole mistress controversy and see whether his allegiance lies with the production team behind his show or the African American community as a whole. Here’s what he had to say on the criticisms.

“I would have to say that I agree. If I’m going to be speaking as a man and as a black man — I don’t want to say anything to hurt either show — but I don’t necessarily think that having a black woman’s position be portrayed like that too many times  is beneficial for anybody involved.

“It happens in every culture. I think [the critics] are right and at the same time, the people who say it’s reality and it needs to be seen, they’re right too. The only middle ground would be we have to stop showing all negative aspects of human life on television and that’s absurd. That’s where drama comes from. So even if [the critics are] right, they’re probably being a little too sensitive”

What do you say to that?

Check out more of Stephen’s comments on the subject in the video below, as well as his take on his character’s honesty with Mary Jane, whether more men should operate like “Never Answer” in real life, and the million dollar question, is he single?

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  • lavendarbloom

    so true

  • lavendarbloom

    you can, I’ve listed a few choices for you …..your remote ….you do the damage.. peace

  • Rebbekah

    I guess it goes back to slavery days how the White masters lusted after their slaves; the dark skin, the thicker figures… Black women have always been sex symbols, it’s apart of American culture, you can’t really get rid of it. And it doesn’t help with celebrities like Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and other curvy Black women parading around in music videos showing skin and shakin booty.

  • 1Val

    Both shows are low brow entertainment for mindless consumption. The rub is they were written by black women. Go figure.

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  • Courtney Banks

    I swear black men are the only race of men that stay pressed over what their women watch.. It comes off as desperate and controlling. It’s not even the fact that black women are being portrayed as mistresses it’s the fact that black women aren’t given roles that are beyond basic stereotypes.

  • xyzebra

    Give this brother a gold medal for diplomacy

  • Princess P.

    Part of the problem is that the sexual lives of these beautiful, powerful, intelligent women, (Olivia Pope and Mary Jane) are the focal point of the stories when the focus should be on how intelligent, progressive, compassionate, strong, and capable they are. I, personally, do not like the idea that either of these fictional characters are having affairs with married men and knowingly hurting others. I would prefer to see them single or in a committed relationship not with someone who is already committed to someone else. I enjoy seeing these women of color every week. And we need more. There can never be “too many” women of color on television.

  • DoinMe

    That’s a grown man right there!

  • mspencer

    Black people, especially Black Women are always so damn hard to please and knit picking about the most trivial things. Do you have health insurance, life insurance, a 401k plan? oh ok but you’re worried about 2 black mistresses who are fictional characters on tv shows being misrepresentations of yourself?!?

    • Pocahantos Longfeather

      It matters. To a certain extent it does matter. Representation shapes perception and pop culture is a powerful thing. So it would be good to see more positive role models, alongside the ‘side pieces’.

    • BabyBlue

      I have insurance (health and life) my 401k looks bright. What’s your point?

    • lavendarbloom

      Is this the same Black community that tried so hard to denigrate a married woman and his husband who “acted through dance” at the Grammys!!!!!!!! We have become such a persnickety group…..what do we really want? “Scandal” and “Being Mary Jane” are only 2 shows, there are others where our Black women portray characters that are as outstanding, yet also fictional–Taraji in POI, Meagan in Deception, Thandie in Rogue, Rutina and Jurnee in True Blood, Gina in Suits, Regina in LAPD and Chandra in Grey, etc @pocahantoslongfeather:disqus… We are represented more than we ever have been… and they portray the positive, negative, “SBW”, “SBF” vulnerable and emotional side that is a part of our community as well as a part of other other ethnic communities. I’m glad to see so many of us working on television at the same time to cdombat the “ratchedness” of our women on the reality shows. I don’t condone the use of “side piece”, as you said “pop culture is a powerful thing…hence the overuse of the words “side piece”. Blessings to all as we journey this way together!!!!

      • Pocahantos Longfeather

        Don’t forget Sleepy Hollow :p I get what you’re saying, but none of those shows are as heavily focused on sex or romance as Scandal and BMJ, which tend to attract attention for just that.

        • lavendarbloom

          and that what I saying, why do they attract the attention…it’s because “we” give it to them