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Lisa Wu Hartwell of the ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ is fighting back against people calling the ATL Housewives…”Ghetto”:
ESSENCE.COM: The ATL “Housewives” show will be returning for a second season and is the highest rated of the “Housewives” franchise. It seems that the other shows are following the Georgia Peach lead for great ratings.
HARTWELL: Absolutely, they do. There’s always a double standard. Perhaps, we are held to a higher standard of excellence but real situations happen. It’s just unfair that people pass judgment and call our show ghetto but when they talk about the women Orange County or New York or New Jersey shows they call it entertainment. I believe that the way that we’ve been raised as Black people—always keeping secrets in our family and really witnessing Black women go through it—that we are judged harshly. For instance, there’s a teaser for the New Jersey show where one of the women flips over a table in the restaurant. Now had any of us done that we probably would have lost some viewers and been told that we lack class. Unfortunately, certain behaviors are more accepted from our counterparts than they are among us. So tell me is their show ghetto or simply entertainment? People need to understand that ghetto isn’t a color, it’s a state of mind and being.
ESSENCE.COM: So what would you say to ATL “Housewives” critics?
HARTWELL: People have always said that we don’t represent the women of Atlanta. It is impossible for five women to represent all the women of Atlanta but some might be able to relate to someone on our show. I’ve had some people say to me after seeing the argument I had with Kim, “I thought you were different.” And I simply had to say that I’m human. Maybe some situations we handled were inappropriate behavior, but it’s always easy to criticize and say what you would do when you’re not in the situation. I’m sorry that they find our behavior offensive but oftentimes we don’t really have a chance to think about our actions, or what we say. Are there certain things that in hindsight I wish I could take back? Absolutely. At the end of the day we are all human, but cut us some slack as you do our counterparts. It’s all entertainment Remember, you’re only seeing a fraction of our lives, not the whole pie.
We just watched the Real Houswives of New York reunion and the debut of the Real Housewives of New Jersey. We totally agree with you Lisa, because they looked like they found the new women on the other shows in a prison system or in trailer parks.
But, we have to say that Lisa is not completely innocent. She needs to get custody of her kids and stop shopping so much. That kind of behavior is sort of…dare we say it, “ghetto”.