Could Michelle Clark Be The New Sweet Brown?

by Yesha Callahan

Could Michelle Clark Be The New Sweet Brown

Here is what I imagine a typical conversation between a news segment producer and an anchor before a remote shoot:

Producer: When you’re out there looking for interviews…I want you to find the most….what’s that word black people use nowadays….?

Anchor: Um…Wretched? Ratchet? Something like that…I think

Producer: Yeah, find both of those..and make sure we get good sound bites. Viewers love soundbites.

This is pretty much how Antoine Dodson and Sweet Brown came into existence. Dodson has seemingly faded back into oblivion, Sweet Brown is probably vetting offers for a new Tyler Perry movie, but as of last week, there may be a new kid on the block.

“Maaaaannnn them jokers was big! Size of a quarter doggone! It said kapooya! kapooya!”

Yup, that’s the sound Michelle Clark heard during a hail storm in Houston, Texas:

So she sounds like Busta Rhymes. And of course there are already remixes:

I’m pretty sure we’ll see more of these ‘characters’ coming to life on nightly news broadcasts. It seems to be a trend that not only garners a few laughs, but also tons of criticism.

Hide your kids, hide your wife. I ain’t got time for that. Kapooya.

News vans are setting up shop in urban areas, just waiting for ratchet to happen and when it does, you can bet your bottom dollar, they’re the ones to upload it to YouTube.

  • Apple

    Both her and sweet brown both seem unreal like it doesn’t feel natural . Or maybe they just that ignorant. Antonie Dodson at least seemed real. But yay for news ignorance ! Setting black people back since 1991 #ugh

  • No_chaser

    Anyone seeing a pattern here? Anyone??

  • http://www.urbanexpressive.com J. Nicole of UrbanExpressive

    So she was interviewed twice? Makes me wonder if this was a staged interview since the “remix” video has her in different clothes & different times of the day.

    If it is real, I’ve decided to stop being offended by these characters. Truth is, Black people who consider themselves as progressive & cosmopolitan (myself included) need to stop acting as if every image of us will be positive. She could very well be a nice lady and just because we don’t share the same vernacular makes me no better than she is.

  • Tiff

    This is the natural progression of events, you see. With Obama in office, the epitome of power, it’s only natural for these (white/conservative-controlled) networks will decide to air any footage that will “bring us” back down to reality. They could have very well edited the footage or excluded it from the report.

    Where are the toothless hicks and honey boo-boo’s? They will hardly show them, in the same way that black editors and producers probably attempt to avoid displaying footage that would disgrace “their people”. When there’s an absence of color in the editing-rooms we are going to see all kinds of mess, especially mess concerning blacks.

    I am personally not offended b/c I don’t know her and she doesn’t represent me (i.e., not a family member or friend) – but I think it’s the principal.

  • Keshia

    I really don’t care how white people see me based off a few black folk on tv, I could easily seem them all one way too, enjoy your 20 minutes of fame girl (because honestly think 20 is the new 15 smh)

  • The Moon on the Sky

    Ignorant about what?

  • The Moon in the Sky

    I talk about things like this all of the time. The local news here makes sure to find the most rundown, Ebonics speaking, missing teeth Black person they can find. And then they play the clip over and over again.

  • The Other Jess

    I’m more concerned with the fact that these are going viral in order to make fun of people, especially Black people. I’m not embarrassed by this stuff at all, I’m saddened that some jerks out here have decided to take regular people’s dialects and turn them into fodder for entertainment. People who would do that to make fun and make money are much more ratchet, ghetto and ignorant than the subjects in these videos.

  • Truth

    The white men that you all say love and want you all love to laugh at and imitate exaggerated ebonic black dialect especially with the hands on the hips, neck rolling, finger pointing and lip smacking.

  • http://tontonmichel.tumblr.com/ Tonton Michel

    I like the track, hope she gets paid. As for the media F-em.

  • http://www.lillian-mae.com Lillian Mae

    Very good point!

  • Starla

    I didn’t get ratchet personally, she just struck me as having an ebullient personality. I had an MRI technician, an Asian lady, and I have yet to meet anyone as exciteful as she was. I felt like I had entered a time warp and this was in a hospital, it took me an entire day to come back down after being in her presence…lol

    All types of people with all types of personalities are here on earth. I do not think we should look down on these ebullient types, but appreciate them fully as part of the human mosaic.

  • http://www.theurbanpolitico.com Nikesha

    as a news producer i have never had that conversation with an anchor or reporter ever. EVER.

    It’s usually in the reverse.

    Reporter: Where am I going?
    Me: (give the address)
    Reporter: You know what time it is right? (I produce morning TV meaning overnight work schedule and all the crazies)
    Me: Be Careful

    hours later while on air in a commercial break

    Reporter: You won’t believe the sound I got.
    Me: Is it good?
    Reporter: YES! We’re sending it back now.
    Me: Cool. I’ll have the editors flip it and will use it in your next hit.

  • The Moon in the Sky

    The fuck are you talking about?

  • Kay

    You know, I think part and parcel of American culture is to create a cult of respectability. While usually I’m in the “How could they possibly THINK to interview her!” I’d only be adding to the idea that we should be ashamed of people like her, when some of “those,” people are in my own family and are some of the nicest, most generous people out there. With Antoine Dodson, whatever colloquialisms he may have used, was voicing a real concern about rape, about the safety of the women in his family, about an open secret in our community about sexual assault but mainstream media took his message and used to it poke fun at him. “Look at them! They can’t even speak properly! We’re better than them!” I think that’s the crux of it; not only do many other Americans not want to see African Americans in a good light, but many of them (including even some of us African Americans) want to only showcase those in lower income areas in a superficial and less nuanced way.

  • Deb

    I live in Houston and watch this news station regularly and honestly, they do not have interviewees like her regularly if at all.

  • noir45

    AMEN!

  • noir45

    The woman was animated. There’s nothing like that. I actually LOL @ the remix.

  • The Comment

    @Kay wrote:

    “Look at them! They can’t even speak properly!

    I was just thinking the same thing. On the occasion I do travel back to (said hick town due to a funeral), what I enjoy most is conversing with my family who talks just like ole’ girl being interviewed. Never in my mind do I think…ahhh they can’t even pronounce this or that word.

    I’m the opposite! I think, “I LOVE it when Shell (Michelle) and them say…’Den we whent oder der to…” I love it. I’m not laughing at them. I’m laughing with them. Brings back found memories of being a close family. Drinking kool-aid. Holding hood sporting events where we’d race from one end of the block to the other–barefoot at 10 o’clock @ nite. I miss those days. I miss them!

    Some are teachers, some work in the local bar-b-que joints, but they are family and they are intelligent humans who make a living and support their family just like my prissy self.

    Now the TV station in Houston that interviewed the lady eating those damned Jumbo Cheetos while commenting on the chaos that ensued when the latest Jordans came out–needed to be shot, cause that is just plain rude to interview anyone EATING.

    As a person who is reasonably educated…I find it a source of pride in the way my family talk ebonic/country. Hell if they were white they’d have a job on Broadway. In no way would I ever be embarrassed by my kin folks way of speaking.

    No way…not while all these other immigrants come over hear and don’t even bother to learn English. No sir!

  • The Comment

    LMAO!!!!! *tears*

  • Gina Wild

    Most definitely Sweet Brown ! Aint nobody got time for Kapooya.

  • The Artist

    Yesss! I notice this as well. It’s like they purposely try to sensationalize every story with this occurrence.

  • http://gravatar.com/worshipandpraise JN

    +1, I kind of feel like White AND Black people who join in making fun of Southern people with accents are a bit elitist…

  • Anonymous

    You know the media (and white people as a whole) only want to show Black people in a negative light. And the respectability negroes, go along with it to prop themselves up and distance themselves from the rest of us.

  • FK21

    Yes indeed she could be the next Sweet Brown. She has potential for more actually. She’s also more beautiful than Halle Berry.

  • E.M.S.

    Even though we all probably get a good laugh from this, think about what’s behind it: we know the media purposely targets black people like this to interview to make us look foolish on national television. So even though I admit I loved Sweet Brown’s “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That” meme blowing up online, that’s always in the back of my mind.

  • Blasè

    ain’t laughing no more.

  • Adrian

    I totally agree with you! Sure I loved Sweet Brown’s video but I also do think the media purposely targets black people…not nice :/

  • Vickichuu

    .. Is she even wearing a shirt..?

  • Josiah

    You, people are idiots who have obviously never watched local news before. As well as being unable to look at anything without assigning race to it. All local news channels have the most ridiculous and toothless, people involved in the story, white black, purple, red it doesn’t matter. This is just the way it has been for many years. I’ve lived in 5 states, in the north and south and they are all the same. Maybe there are just a lot of folks like this in the World. Get over yourself. And stop being so racist.

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  • Adam

    You are an idiot.

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