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?