BET Still Owes Us an Apology for Cita’s World
In September 1999, BET introduced us all to Cita’s World, a TV show hosted by a computer-generated character named Cita. Cita wore cropped tops, a miniskirt and her hair was gelled down with a part. LAIDT like lowered expectations. On complete virtual reality hoodrat status.
She was basically a walking stereotype, talking real loud, smacking her mouth and swerving her neck. It lasted for three and a half years and I’m not even sure how. Well, I know how. It was immensely popular amongst urban youths. Still… how?
There have been a couple of times when people who’ve never heard my voice have tweeted to me that I remind them of Cita from BET’s Cita’s World. And they didn’t fully understand why I promptly cussed them out because I think that’s the ultimate insult. ULTIMATE. You #minuswell tell me I’m aging like Lindsay Lohan. iREBUKE IT!
And then I send them a link to my Ratchet and the Geek podcast and tell them to switch up that idea QUICK FAST AND IN A GAHTDAMB HURRY!!! I am NO Cita and anyone who thinks of her when they think of me is a terrorist.
If you are wondering why I am so passionate about my hate of this comparison, please watch the video below.
OHMYGAH! Cita is so embarrassing that I want BET to apologize to ALL of us for ever having her be a THING. I could only watch 3 minutes of this before I had to press stop. It was that terrible.
How awful is she? it’s like BET took EVERY SINGLE bad stereotype about Black women, exaggerated it by 15 levels and created this character to spite us all.
“MISS CITA, BABBAYYY!!!” She then threatens to smack anyone who is just tuning in, and she spends the whole time doing the “Shoop” hip swerve back and forth. As if she can’t TRULY make a point without using her hips as some sort of exclamation point.
Chile, she even kicked out towards the camera. CITA! You damb hoodrat! You got on a MINISKIRT! Put your virtual Love Pocket away! UGH!
I can’t even imagine how the recording sessions for Cita went. The woman who voiced her must have been told “we have to do that take over. You sounded far too articulate.” Also, I hope they paid her well for this. Because my goodness! Is it work she’s proud of? Lemme not hate. Girl, make your money. Don’t let it make you.
But Cita is what I imagine Fantasia was like as a teenager. And she lowkey talks like Tamar Braxton.
They should say sorry to Black women for portraying them like this. And then apologize to everyone else for lying to them. Are there “Citas” in this world? Yes. Are they a majority? HELL TO THE NAWL, Bobby!
Cita is like what white folks would think Black women are like if they’ve NEVER encountered any Black women EVER. And the fact that two Black men came up with her is just a mess. Also, she was truly the beginning of BET’s descent into Den of Iniquity status.
I really wonder how this show lasted as long as it did. For 3.5 years, did no one talk about how terrible Cita was? I can’t remember, because I was in high school then. And I probably was entertained by it. Because I didn’t know no better.
But yeah, did y’all used to watch Cita’s world? Don’t worry. I won’t judge you. Many of us did. Also, did you watch the clip above and *face palm* like I did? Also, do you think a show like Cita’s World could exist today?