According to a report from USA Today, Jimmie Allen has some valid criticisms of the network, Black Entertainment Television, as well as their website, which, according to him, has snubbed his music pretty much entirely.
BET, as the name suggests, intends to offer the perspective of Black Americans in society, as well as showcase their cultural contributions and achievements to the world.
However, Allen believes they’re hypocritical because there was a fear that Nashville would never “accept” a black artist in country music. The irony being that Nashville 100% accepted him, promoted his music and has been nothing but supportive, whereas BET refuses to even promote him at all.
In a tweet you can see below, Mr. Allen suggests their hypocrisy, stating facetiously, “Last time I checked, I was black.” The star explained that there is a common misconception among people in popular culture, especially in the black community, that people in Nashville are simply too racist to let a black man in the genre.
Jimmie said it was Nashville who accepted him, and not the folks over at Black Entertainment Television. As most know, the genre, as a whole, has long been dominated by white men, but last year, country music and all of its cultural leaders praised Jimmie for his single, “Best Shot.”
So @BET stands for Black Entertainment Television but yet they won't play my Music Vidoes. Last time I checked I was black. People worried about " Nashville" not letting black country artist in but yet BET won't let black country artist in. Nashville let me in.
— Jimmie Allen (@JimmieAllen) May 14, 2019
Jimmie’s track was number one on the Billboard 200 for approximately three weeks, meaning that it made history claims USA Today. His latest single, “Make Me Want To,” is out now as well. This year, the star intends to tour with Rascal Flatts and Chris Young as a part of the CMA Festival’s Chevy Riverfront Stage.
Ironically, other stars criticized the country music genre for not including the contributions from Lil Nas X, regarding his breakout hit, “Old Town Road.” Billboard, at first, removed the track from the country music list because of its genre mix.
Later on, however, Billy Ray Cyrus got involved and it was reinstated on the chart.