During Tuesday's season premiere of Irv Gotti's new BET show Tales, Brody Jenner, son of Caitlyn Jenner, was shown hanging lynched from a tree, and the imagery immediately sparked a frenzy online.
The producers' idea for the show was to reverse races, with the brutal cops and rich people on Tales appearing as black characters while the minorities living in the projects played by white actors.
WARNING: The image below may be considered graphic.
According to an Instagram post by Gotti, he was trying to portray the message that "what's wrong is wrong."
"I wanted to explain this scene," he wrote. "I wanted to show in reverse. What Hollywood always shows Black People. Reminds us of the fact that our ancestors Hung from a Tree. So it goes with the whole Race Reversal Vibe of the episode."
"Maybe people will have a
I wanted to explain this scene. I put it in the ending Riot scene at the end with D'Angelo "How Does It Feel" playing. Because I wanted to show in reverse. What Hollywood always shows Black People. Reminds us of the fact that our ancestors Hung from a Tree. So it goes with the whole Race Reversal Vibe of the episode. And who did I call to get hung. MY FUCKING BROTHER. @brodyjenner who was totally down for what I was trying do. And the message I was trying to get across. Which by the way. Is a message that what's wrong is wrong. Doesn't matter if someone is Black. White. Spanish. Indian. Asian. What's wrong is wrong. And these cops need to get PUNISHED. For killing innocent people. So maybe seeing it done to White People. In this FICTIONALIZE piece. And seeing these things done to them. Maybe people will have a lil more compassion when 12 year old Tamir Rice gets gunned down. Or Philando Castillo gets killed for nothing. Or Alton Sterling and Eric Gardner. Trayvon Martin. The list is too long and needs to stop. So I thank Brody Jenner. And my brother @paul_smenus NICK CASSAVETE. Who portrayed Rodney King. I hope everyone got the message. I really want everyone to get emotional about what they seen. And remember. None of the actors got killed in this fictionalized piece. But I can continue to name the black people that are really dead. I believe in this world we in. I believe the cool people outweighs the racist motherfuckers. So that is what I tried to do. Hope you guys get it. #talesonbet #tidal #visionaryideas #hiphopculturedtv
"I hope everyone got the message," he continued. "I really want everyone to get emotional about what they seen. And remember. None of the actors got killed in this fictionalized piece. But I can continue to name the black people that are really dead. I believe in this world we in. Hope you guys get it."
After the scene aired, the imagery of Jenner hanging from a tree immediately began circulating on social media.
Brody Jenner if this was fake please say something on twitter this looks so real to me got me panicking and stuff .. Hope ur ok .. OMFG!!😭😭😭— Romy Marylou Amber (@BlueEyesSavary) June 28, 2017
Some were convinced that the image might have been real. Others weren't able to grasp the concept of the reversal of races that Irv Gotti was trying to convey.
The fans that were aware of the role reversal said they were "stressed" out by the different take.
This article was originally published by our partners at popculture.com.
Photo Credit: Twitter / @belenmusica
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