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"Amid criticism that BET's upcoming series *Hot Ghetto Mess* promotes racial
stereotypes, State Farm Insurance and Home Depot have yanked ads from the
premiere episode. *Hot Ghetto Mess* is a compilation of viewer-submitted
home videos and BET-produced man-on-the-street segments showing black people
said to be exhibiting excessive hip-hop and inner-city culture. The *Hot
been a lightning rod for criticism since it launched three years ago,
featuring hundreds of unflattering photos of mostly black men and women. The
advertiser pull-out follows a campaign launched by the blog/podcast What
people to boycott advertisers of the series, listing a number of
companies with ads on BET's website promoting the show. State Farm and Home
Depot released statements acknowledging that they withdrew ads as a result
of the boycott threat. (Hollywood
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