Black fraternities and sororities want nothing to do with the latest project from Mona Scott-Young’s Monami Entertainment, home to Missy Elliott and VH1’s most-watched docu-franchise Love & Hip Hop. Now she has created Sorority Sisters, which black fraternities and sororities say misrepresents the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta and Sigma Gamma Rho who are featured in the show’s trailer. And due to the outrage, the trailer has been removed from the web, reports The Huffington Post.
“In the trailer, your typical representation of each sorority was depicted. You had your light brown stuck-up AKAs, your dark-skinned cool Deltas, Zetas, and 1 Sigma Ghamma Rho. And boy was it tacky. The problem with the trailer is just that, it depicts your stereotypes,” reports Lush.
Now there is even a petition to stop the production all together. Reynoir Lewis launched a MoveOn.Org petition that charges:
Stop the spread of ignorance and stereotyping of our beloved Black Greek letter organizations. Our founders amongst EVERY organization worked extremely hard to allow us to unite and flourish not only on college campuses, but as a people well beyond our college days, and Mona Scott-Young now threatens to demolish those aims and goals we all abide by. If this show airs, we will boycott any and all advertisers affiliated with the show through commercial advertising, product placement and/or location use.
*I, Reynoir Lewis, will be personally delivering these signatures to the President Philippe Dauman and the Executive Chairman Sumner M. Redstone.* Thank you for your support.
So far the petition has more than 20,000 signatures, with the goal of getting 25,000. While the show has yet to find a home and the footage taken was mainly from 2011, the Black Greeks don’t want the show to see the light of day.
That petition is available here.