A new MTV cartoon depicting black women squatting on all fours tethered to leashes and defecating on the floor is drawing fire from several prominent African Americans who call the episode degrading.
Critics say MTV showed especially poor judgment because the weekly animated program, “Where My Dogs At?”, appeals to young teens and airs at an hour, 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays, when many children are watching television.
The show just completed its initial eight-episode run on MTV2, a spinoff channel of the music video institution that recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.
The half-hour show lampoons real-life celebrities and pop culture as seen through the eyes of two wise-cracking stray dogs — Woofie and Buddy — voiced by comedians Tracy Morgan and Jeffrey Ross, respectively.
A statement released this week by the Viacom Inc.-owned cable network, whose president, Christina Norman, is black, defended the episode in question as social satire.