So I did an earlier blog admitting that I suffered from an addiction to reality tv. Luckily as soon as I discussed my issue on here it seemed to wane. I still watched reality TV but not with the vigour that I once did and what I watched last night put me off even further. Basketball Wives is now in its fourth series, woop woop or womp womp (you choose) but no previous episode has sparked as much controversy, debate and even a law suit.
I won’t bore you with the intimate details of the bickering that is going on between the many cast members but I will say is that what I witnesses last night physically disgusted me. It seems as if the fact that something is being played on TV allows the participants to do exactly what they feel without any recompense or restriction. It also seems to give them a sense of invincibility as well.
A lot of commentators on this show have repeatedly made the point that the show’s characters (along with the characters of similar shows) bully, harass and abuse the other members in order to secure a “good” story line. Frankly, they seem to be out of control. In the episode just shown we saw a completely unnecessary violent attack against another cast member. Why do these programmes, especially basketball wives, feel the need to abuse a cast member for an entire series in the name of entertainment? I have watched many fights but this one was completely ridiculous and it shocked me that a women could think it was okay to slap another woman for no apparent reason and think nothing was wrong with this behaviour. She seemed to feel completely justified and in no way ashamed.
Well, the story doesn’t end there and thankfully the woman (who is not even a paid cast member) who assaulted another cast member is being sued. From watching the earlier episodes of the show I am convinced that the show’s producers maliciously orchestrated a situation which would lead to a fight, taking advantage of the fact that this non-cast member was desperate for the lime light. I hope this law suit will deter others from partaking in such foolishness.
I think the root of my offence to this situation is the fact that as a black women, I hate to see other black women portrayed as aggressive, ignorant and out of control as I have to live with the effects of such stereotypes in my day-to-day life and have attributes attached to me that are completely inaccurate. A show like this may be an opportunity to make a quick buck, but it should never be acceptable to make yourself look like a barbarian for money or fame. Unfortunately that seems to be a downfall for black women in these shows.
Below I have a picture of a fight from another episode. On this occasion it was deemed as acceptable to throw a bottle of wine in a packed restaurant because someone was called “loose”.