For Discussion: Are Shows Like “Scandal” And “Being Mary Jane” Promoting Sidechick Behavior In The Black Community???

 

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Has Hollywood completely forgotten good old fashioned “Black Family Values”? In it’s first two seasons on ABC “Scandal” has become one of the most watched, and talked about shows on network television. But critics have long taken issue with Olivia Pope’s presidential sidechick position, citing her as a bad role model for black women. Now BET’s “Being Mary Jane” has launched and Gabrielle Union’s lead character is coming under fire over the same issue — she’s homewrecking by hooking up with Andre — especially after being confronted head on by his fabulous wife Avery Davis (played by the stunning Robinne Lee).

We’re hearing a whole lotta “Whatever Happened To The Cosby’s?” on #BlackTwitter and we had to open up the discussion to you guys. Do you think these shows are only encouraging women to be sidechicks by romanticizing love affairs with married men? Or is it just good ol’ juicy TV — harmless fun? With the ratings these kind of plots receive would it be impossible for a good wholesome show like “The Cosby’s” to thrive in modern times?

We want you to weigh in and we compiled a few of our favorite tweets and instagrams from last night to aid the discussion.

Hit the flip to see ‘em but please add your own thoughts!

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