I’m scared y’all. 

According to film and TV blog Shadow & Act, WordStarHipHop (WSHH) is teaming up with Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim for a new pilot.

The unnamed show will reportedly capture “the energy and style of the #1 urban website featuring a celebrity guest in a very World Star world.”

And that’s why I’m afraid, very afraid.

Since it’s launch in 2005, WSHH has made its name by featuring the most controversial, and dare I say, “ratchet,” videos on the web.  From street fights and rap beefs, to hardcore porn and viral memes, WSHH is not known for its highbrow, or even remotely positive content.

But people love it. Although WSHH won’t disclose just how much money it rakes in, it is one of the top 1000 websites in the world, currently ranked 768th globally and 209th in the U.S.

While many have criticized WSHH for capitalizing on content they claim makes Black folks look bad, the site’s founder, Lee ‘Q’ O’Denat, says he’s just an easy target.

“It’s very easy to point your fingers at me,” O’Denat told NPR’s Marketplace last year. “I wear my hat to the back. I have diamond necklaces. If I had different attire, different ethnic[ity], wore button-ups or whatever, they wouldn’t really look down on me.”

It remains to be seen what Adult Swim, home to shows like the Boondocks, Robot Chicken, and Loiter Squad, and WSHH will come up with. But I just hope it won’t live up to one of my Facebook pals’ warning and “shoot the African-American image into the deep depths of media hell.”

Stay tuned.

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  • ALM247

    “I wear my hat to the back. I have diamond necklaces. If I had different attire, different ethnic[ity], wore button-ups or whatever, they wouldn’t really look down on me.”

    This dude just doesn’t get it. I googled him, and he is a Black man, Haitan to be more specific. His attire has nothing to do with the criticism. The online community drags Caucasian Republicans in suits weekly (and sometimes daily) for making disparaging comments and highlighting negative stereotypes regarding African Americans. Why should the treatment of O’Denat be any different?

  • J.Nicole

    I’m not one of those people who believe sites like WorldStar Hip Hop & all of those other crappy shows that I don’t watch are responsible for any negative images or stereotypes others believe about us. If you’re dumb enough to believe a stereotype when there are countless other outlets to see we aren’t the same then screw them. However he can’t believe the way he looks is what draws criticism. What I do think his method of entertainment does is encourage young adults to make fools of themselves with hopes of being internet famous.

    • Delia

      Unfortunately there are NOT countless outlets to counteract the negative stereotypes we have in media, that’s why this potential deal just has me smh. We just don’t have enough reality/drama characters/people to have other communities look at us in a positive light despite the fact we know the reality of our community. And as you said this type of media does encourage our young adults to mindlessly make fools of themselves, we really don’t need that on cable TV. We have enough.

    • ashleydark

      girl what dream you living it.. it don’t matter what YOU believe, if everyone else believes it, it affects you.. think it don’t? walk into a store,walk down the street, apply for a job.. and think it don’t affect you

  • Ask_Me

    Somebody get the petition started. We can shut this nonsense down like that ridiculous Shawty Lo show.

  • Primmest Plum

    The first sentence of this piece said it all.