Tanya Young Says “Basketball Wives” Producers Started Drama Among The Cast And That Being A Sophisticated Black Lady Made Her A Threat To The Show

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Do you believe her? If you even remember the blonde dreadlocked estranged wife of Jayson Williams who appeared in early episodes of “Basketball Wives” L.A. spinoff, you might recall how long-winded she could be. But this time she’s put her wordiness to good use.

In a scathing editorial Young penned for The Daily Beast, Young details the ins and outs with her experince on “Basketball Wives:L.A.” summing up the franchise as such:

The show has been produced to look like an embarrassing, demeaning, degrading, violent, and outright ignorant display of our worst selves.

She goes so far as to say the experience was so toxic she often headed straight into the shower after taping:

I certainly don’t miss the environment I was exposed to while taping Basketball Wives. It was both toxic and controlling. Women were not allowed to communicate after shooting a scene; women were chastised as if they were children; high-ranking executives would childishly ignore cast members on the set; and producers would “ice” cast members from working when they wanted to garner more outrageous conduct from them. Despite the “friendships” portrayed on the screen, some producers purposely planted seeds of discord between the women, and told outright lies, hoping that conflict and drama would ensue. Oftentimes, when I arrived at home, I immediately took a shower because I felt psychologically and emotionally dirty and disgusting from my day on the set.

Wow, is this really the stuff reality TV is made of?

Despite her issues with the show, Williams maintained that she remained a part of the cast in order to bring the balance that has been sorely lacking — except her sophisticated black lady steez was only perceived as a threat to the producers grimy intentions:

I shot Basketball Wives LA for months, including wonderful footage of my involvement with the domestic-violence hotline, an event at my home, a charity event for another cast member, and “normal” dining outings with the women. Yet I was only shown in two episodes. I was not only a threat because I would not belittle myself and simultaneously embarrass my mother, my daughters, and every black women in America, I was also a threat because I told the women that “no television show is worth fighting on and disgracing yourself for.” Despite the fact that legions of fans and supporters wrote to VH1 and on blogs of their desire to see a balanced show, which they felt that I represented, Shed Media decided that a “sophisticated” (their words not mine) woman like me didn’t fit into the new and evolving storylines (“storylines” in the same sentence with Basketball Wives sounds comical). For a time, I wanted to remain a part of Basketball Wives because I felt that my core values and outlook on life represented a larger percentage of the audience than VH1 understood existed. However, that desire waned quickly as I became engrossed in more fulfilling work in media.

Hit the flip for Tanya’s take on the Malaysia Pardo vs. Laura Govan scrap that she famously texted through.

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