Terrell Owens Takes a Page Out of Misee Harris's Playbook
Former first black "Bachelorette" hopeful, Misee Harris, calls encroachment on former NFL wide receiver, Terrell Owens, for stealing black "Bachelor" idea.
April 22, 2014 --
NEW YORK, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Misee Harris should consider herself complimented. Using her platform created by her public 2013 campaign to be ABC's first black Bachelorette, Misee Harris has become an influential voice for the positive depiction of African-American women in all forms of media. Misee continues to fight for equal rights in how African American women are portrayed on television. "Equality has come a long way, but stereotypes, especially of black women, are still rampant in the media and in popular culture," states Misee.
ABC's The Bachelor/The Bachelorette franchise remains television's dating reality show mainstay for contestants looking for their one true love, and some television exposure. After 12 years on the air - 18 seasons of The Bachelor and 9 seasons of The Bachelorette - the only role African-American singles have portrayed on the show remains the "token black person" who is there to fill a quota and be voted off within the first or second round.
Misee Harris, after being picked last year to appear on the show as one of the contestants, decided to break the mold of the stereotypical role of black women on reality television, and she petitioned to be ABC's first black Bachelorette. As her message grew legs, Misee began to appear in and on plenty of A-List media outlets. HLN'sShowbiz Tonightfeatured Misee as a guest andMisee, herself, blogged forCNN, whileTime Magazineagreed with Misee's stance on the calling out ofThe Bachelor/Bachelorettefranchise, andHuffPost Live championed her cause, declaring, "I hope she succeeds."
During her popular media campaign to be the first black Bachelorette, who was Misee's biggest supporter? Her friend, former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens. Taking to Twitter, Terrell tweeted his followers to share his support for Misee Harris's campaign.
Now, Terrell has tried to steal his friend's thunder and her spotlight, launching his own campaign to be the first black Bachelor. Misee's response to her friend's ploy, "Copycat!" And Terrell Owens knows he stole this idea from his friend. "Terrell is hiding from me because he knows he is in trouble!" slams Misee.
Terrell made his announcement declaring that he wants to be TV's first black Bachelor on April 7th via a viral video clip announcing he is ready to do "bigger and better things with his life."
About Misee Harris:
More than just a pretty face, Misee Harris is a Doctor of Dental Medicine, Sports and Pediatric Dentistry, and a celebrated entrepreneur. Harris recently combined her talents to create a patent-pending mouthguard called ProFit Athletic Mouthguards, which encourages kids to wear the proper protection when engaging in sports with its fun, trendy designs.Harris is currently patenting this technology for her mouthguards which fit more comfortably in the mouth, yet protect more effectively than the standard mouthguard. ProFit Athletic Mouthguards are customizable to feature team graphics, favorite colors, or any other graphic design a child or adolescent might want to wear.
With significant orders for ProFit Athletic Mouthguards coming in, including customers such as professional boxer Floyd Mayweather's club ordering large quantities for all members of his gym, Misee is working to grow her business and take it to the next level. Never one to rest on her laurels, Misee is now in the final rounds of casting to pitch her ProFit Athletic Mouthguard on another popular ABC hit show, Shark Tank.
Misee's mission is to speak out on the positive and productive depiction of black women in media and to communicate that anything is achievable regardless of skin color, gender or anything else that might make someone feel different, left out or misrepresented. Misee Harris currently has a total combined social media audience of 40,000. Visit MiseeHarris.com to follow her.
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