Public Enemy’s legendary frontman Chuck D decided to “fight the power” online by slamming syndicated daytime shows hosted by Maury Povich and Jerry Springer for what he says is exploiting Black people, even suggesting the federal government is behind the displays of crass behavior and dysfunction.

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The sentiment behind Chuck D’s tweet is that that Blacks who appear on “Maury” are being used as pawns by airing out their worst life situations, only to be unwrapped during emotion-filled segments designed to display and ridicule the pain of others.

The Jerry’s Springer Show offers the same brand of trash TV with equally scandalous stories typically with a fight scene to boot.

An ugly shift

Initially launched as The Maury Povich Show, the husband of ex-CBS anchor Connie Chung, discussed current events and featured uplifting tales themed around overcoming adversity. Then came a new show owner and a revamped format — one essentially modeled after Jerry Springer’s, over-the-top scenarios.

Particularly on Maury, single mothers stand out. Many of whom are Black and searching to determine the fathers of their children. Other guests find out whether or not their significant others have been unfaithful through lie detector tests.

Povich has heard the criticism but that hasn’t stopped him from capitalizing and collecting dough. Mattel Games is planning to release an adult board game based on his show.

“The Maury Game: You Are Not The Father” will allow players to clear their name, “Maury”-style, with this hilarious party game for adults. The game challenges players to prove their non-paternity through a series of outrageous accusations and laugh-out-loud arguments,” according to NBC Universal’s description.

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