Shaunie ain't feelin' some of the broads from the upcoming L.A. franchise... Wonder who she could be referring to! In a recent interview with BET Shaunie O'Neal addresses public criticism about the way she's portraying black women on television and how she really feels about the upcoming L.A. edition of "Basketball Wives." Check out the excerpts below: On being blamed for the negative portrayal of black women:
“I get a lot of flack,” says O’Neal. “People say to me: 'You’re saying the betrayal of Black women is bad on TV, but your show is one of the number one reasons why it is.' Guess what? I agree! But you look at those credits -- it’s more than me executive producing it. I brought this vision to a table full of people, a table full of executives, and since then it has taken on its own new thing.”Boy has it... SMH! Got impressionable lil fast girls talking about they wanna be Basketball Wives. More quotes when you continue...
On being embraced by fans:
O'Neal, who hosted a Chinese Laundry shoe event in Los Angeles (they filmed the current season's finale at the shoe party) says she's blown away by just how large the series has become. “I’m starting to get how Michael Jackson might have felt back in the day,” she says laughing, and only half-kidding. “I’ve never felt so much love, and never really knew that it was that kind of fan base. I never really imagined we would be these celebrities because of the show.”Michael Jackson! Really Shaunie?
On working with Shed Media (producers of Bravo's "Real Housewives of New York City") and not being all that happy with the L.A. show:
“Honestly, they’ve distorted it a little bit. I really came in with the concept of having a group of women that come together and are associated by the game of basketball, whether it be their husbands, fiancés -- there’s some long-term relationship with a man in basketball and the game of basketball -- and that’s how we formed this sisterhood and friendship,” she says. “The L.A. cast -- there are some wives and fiancés, which I’m fine with. But there’s a little bit of trash kind of sprinkled into that cast that I’m totally against. I was really very hands off with that cast.”Damn... is she calling Laura Govan trash?
“Yeah, you know they have Jackie Christie, I love her -- they have a long lasting marriage and it works. There's also Malaysia Pargo, you’ve got Imani who was the former fiancée of Stephen Jackson -- they went to the altar, you get that connection. These ladies have been around forever in the game of basketball. But then you’ve got people that just might’ve slept with somebody. I’m not OK with that,” O'Neal says. “It’s just drama and ... that’s not my vision. I don’t think that all money is good money. I don’t need it that bad. So we are having some issues. I’ve kind of just had to take a backseat and shut up and just let it go, let it ride. It’s David and Goliath right now.” O'Neal says it's her against about 12 people, and as a producer, she was outruled.Damn... Sounds like she really ain't the Queen Bee of that isht! So much for that Puppet Master business now. And Matt Barnes probably wouldn't have it any other way.
“I’m trying to get some type of balance on. Even Basketball Wives Miami -- can we show Tami and I going to Project Girls and giving a girl a semester's worth of tuition? Can we show that we actually have sat down and had good times and laughed like girlfriends? It’s not always the two minutes of drama that you get after eight hours of taping and somebody getting on somebody’s nerves. I get that it sells; I get that that’s what people wanna see,” she says. “But ... can we show that these ladies actually can conduct themselves in a respectable manner? That they do know how to use the English language correctly? We aren't always going off.”Makes sense, but the show is but only so long once you work in the commercial breaks. We might not be tuning in JUST to see the fights, but who wants to see Shaunie and Tami getting their nails done for 40 minutes? Rumor has it that the trash Shaunie is referring to is actually none other than Breezy's ex-floozy -- Draya -- you know the one that was "rumored" to be arrested for leaving her child alone while she was out playing the field. Anyways -- that's all we'll say about that for now. Check out a few more photos from Shaunie's shoe/finale event and an assortment of shots of her over the last few seasons.