Open Letter to MTV, VH1 and VIACOM sign now

It is the purpose of this petition to encourage Music Television (MTV), Video hits 1 (VH1) and their parent company Viacom to make the following changes:

1. Alter programming schedule dramatically to allow more musician exposure
i.) Increase playing of music videos by at the very least 500\%
ii.) Include long-form programming (LFP) that is, at the heart of its subject, based on musicians and their accomplishments in the field of music (i.e. Biorhythm, TRL) and not shows endorsing mindless purchasing power and class separation (CRIBS, Super Sweet 16)

2. Significantly decrease amount of LFP dedicated to non-musician content
i.) No more "_____ of Love" type dating shows. They are like McDonald's hamburgers-they satisfy only for the moment, but are ultimately unfulfilling.
ii.) No more documentaries based the superficial monetary spending power or "acts" with limited talent (I don't care how many yachts Diddy has--he sucks).
iii.) Absolutely no more reality shows dedicated to fostering racism, sexism, elitism, and everything else that goes against the true ideals of being a musician (which is not caring what skin color you are, how much money you make--music should be all that matters).
a.) Shows like "Jersey Shore", "Flavor of Love", "That's Amore", "Rock of Love", "Megan Wants a Millionaire" etc. go against everything the people who founded MTV stand for. They represent racial stereotypes, sexist ideals, and other "morals" which are so damaging to present to the young audience which both MTV and VH1 share. Most of what these piles of garbage present is dialogue and behavior which seems to have been pulled from the 1952 Handbook of Racial and Gender understanding.

IT MUST STOP.

It is not too late. There are so many of us who remember a time when if we wanted to see a MUSIC VIDEO, we would tune into MUSIC Television or VIDEO Hits 1. The idea of tuning into either of these channels to see something other than a music video (with the exception of the occasional and well timed LFP, i.e. Beavis and Butthead, Pop-Up Video, etc.) would have been ludicrous.

Here is our ultimatum:

Either comply with these changes, or change the names of your networks. From 'Music Television', change to 'Sexist Racist Reality Dating Show Television'. From 'Video Hits 1', change to 'I Love Meaningless Deja Vu Shows and Endless Coverage of Untalented Celebrities Spending Undeserved Amounts of Money on Crap 1'.

Our demands are not that unreasonable. We simply state that if you do not produce any television that contains music or videos (in the waking hours when people would actually be watching), then you have absolutely no right to call your networks by those titles.

We have spoken.

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