The controversial Blue Ivy hair joke aired on Monday by pioneering US black music and entertainment channel BET has claimed its first victim as the TV network on Tuesday announced it had suspended the producer of the hit music show.
During the show which aired after the VMA’s where Blue Ivy had joined Jay Z and Beyoncè on stage after her 20 minute set during the awards ceremony, guest host Karrueche Tran made a joke about the 2 year old’s hair during a segment of the show called ‘Top 6 things that Blue Ivy’s thought at the VMA’s’.
The last one was read by Tran who said, ‘I really did wake up like this because my parents didn’t comb my hair.”
Tran has since taken the fall for the ‘tasteless joke’, even after admitting that she did not actually write the joke herself, but rather read it off the teleprompter. She however insists that she takes full responsibility for the joke and that she loved and respected the Carters.
Stephen Hill, BET’s president of Music programming also personally took to Twitter to issue an unreserved apology for what he called a ‘stupid joke’, while adding that the channel had also apologised to Beyonce and Jay Z.
Hill said, “Last night on 106 & Park there was a stupid, unthoughtful joke made about a young child. We apologize publically to the child’s parents (and have done so privately) and we have taken punitive actions with those responsible. It was very bad judgment and we will serve you much better in the future. Oh, and please don’t hate on Karrueche; it was NOT her fault. We also apologize to her for putting her in that position.”
Reports suggest that BET have now suspended their flagship music programme for a week following the incident as the show which normally airs every night did not hold on Tuesday night.
Blue Ivy’s hair has been a subject of controversy previously when an American woman launched an online petition to urge the toddler’s star parents to comb her hair. The woman later apologised insisting that the campaign was a joke and shouldn’t be taken seriously.