LisaRaye Addresses Negative Portrayal Of Black Women On Reality TV
Actress LisaRaye has been making her media rounds recently in anticipation of the new season of”Single Ladies,” and she recently gave her two cents on the often negative representation of black women on reality tv.
via S2S Magazine
She’s portrayed a stripper once or twice, but LisaRaye McCoy recently clarified that the roles she accepts as an actress are one thing, and being turnt up on reality TV is another.
“I have a skill. I’m an actress. So, that means anytime the writers write something, I breathe the life into those words. That’s my part of the job,” she told Sister 2 Sister. “Reality ain’t never been that. Reality is, ‘Turn the camera on. Act the fool if you will or do what you want and we’re going to film this.’”
Despite having her own reality show on TVOne at one point, Ms. McCoy also says she would never engage in violent behavior for the sake of the camera.
“Single Ladies,” which returns to VH1 next year, is one of the network’s few scripted series, and it features successful, liberated, stylish women of color living the high life in Atlanta. In contrast, Lisa said reality shows don’t portray women in such a flattering light.
“I almost feel like when given an opportunity or a check, we’ll sing and dance, and it’s like, ‘I thank ya, master,’” she said. “I don’t appreciate it as a woman because, you know, kids are watching this.”
“People are walking over tables and slapping people. I’m thinking that would never happen to me because there wouldn’t be no more show. It would be over after that.
I couldn’t understand that fighting and the cussing,” said Lisa who starred in her own TV One reality show.
Hmmm. Do you agree with LisaRaye that actresses who agree to play raunchy or violent characters in scripted projects aren’t as bad as women on reality TV who engage in similar behavior? Let’s discuss, Bossip fam.