Shaunie O’Neal breaks down how her views on reality TV and what she wants to change.
For those of you down in New Orleans or on your way, Shaunie will be speaking on a reality TV panel during the Essence Festival.
I’ll be honest, I love reality TV.
Actually it’s one of my guilty pleasure past times. Even before “Basketball Wives” I had my favorites, and I watched them faithfully. There is something appealing about seeing people deal with real life drama as you’re watching. Now, as executive producer of “Basketball Wives,” I know that’s not exactly how it happens, but it’s still fun to watch.
What isn’t so fun to watch, however, is this new generation of reality TV. It seems to be more about the drama and less about the storyline. That concerns me, especially now that I’m producing a reality show.
I have gotten both good and bad responses from viewers about “Basketball Wives,” and I certainly understand the opinion that the shows portrayal of black women is beginning to look somewhat negative.
As you see on the show, I’m not a big supporter of the bickering, drink throwing and fighting, but when you put a group of strong, independent and vocal women who are going through or just came out of a bad relationship together, there’s bound to be a little drama.
Let’s face it, we all know women like the ones on “Basketball Wives” and countless other reality shows: Women who are vocal if you cross them.
The problem for me is when black women are portrayed as only being that way and labeled different than their non-black counterparts for the same type of behavior. That’s when it becomes negative and damaging to our image.
Here is the question for both men and women. Do these depictions embarrass you or make you embarrased for black women?? Or can there really be redeeming value in these types of shows?
Hit up the comments section and voice your opinion!
Flip though for a look at some of the scenes from infamous fights on “Reality” TV.