Music variety network BET sees differently. They've responded to recent criticism of 'Lil' Kim: Countdown to Lockdown' by stating that the six-part reality television show they co-produced with Kim's production company is supposed to be a serious look at the consequences of bad choices, and not a glorification of prison life.
However, others have interpreted the showing quite differently, referring to the production as an "unabashed infomercial." And considering that BET overlooked obvious conflicts of interest by choosing to forge a business partnership with a convicted felon, it is quite easy to see why many think the Viacom-owned television channel is unethical:
"Give props to exec producer Tracey Edmonds and Edmonds Entertainment for capturing the distorted reality surrounding a pampered and ego-driven star. And more props to Lil‘ Kim‘s production company for persuading BET to disregard obvious ethical concerns and let it co-produce this unabashed infomercial." ~Barry Garon
'Countdown to Lockdown' debuts March 9.