Basketball Wives had its heyday about 10 years ago. The show featured some actual basketball wives and former wives and some baby mamas. It ran its course and died a natural death, but just like the vampire it is back. Some of the same cast mates are back and many of them are pushing 50 heard. One would think they have evolved and would not be willing to take part of in manufactured fighting situations, but they are not. They are back and they are cursing and fighting. Some of them have grown children, but they are still ready and willing to throw a punch or a drink at one of the wives. One of the cast mates reached out to Star Jones because she claimed she wanted to change. This same cast mate showed up on OWN presenting a more moderated disposition but she is back at it. It is sad that self respect and dignity get shelved when there is a check from Basketball Wives being flashed.
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Chad Johnson (formerly Ochocinco) has been cut by the Miami Dolphins. This comes after Johnson was arrested for head butting his bride Evelyn Lozada. After the incident Lozada ran to a neighbor’s house for assistance. Some have questioned whether she should have made the incident public. Johnson still sees himself as a superstar, and teams put up with all kinds of bad behavior from their superstars, including domestic violence, but Johnson is a has been and has beens are held to the standard of mere mortals. Mortals are expendable and that is what Johnson was. His coach had warned him earlier about his use of profanity during interviews and Johnson simply was not used to having his behavior questioned, but Saturday night put the period at the end of his tenure in Miami. They dropped him so I guess they will now have to rely on the Basketball Wives checks. Well that’s if they stay together.
Chad Johnson and his wife Evelyn Lozada of VH1 Basketball Wives love publicity, but not this kind. Well, this morning Johnson is waking up in jail and accused of head butting his bride. She confronted him about a receipt for condoms and a fight ensued. Johnson recently signed a contract with the Miami Dolphins.
This season Basketball Wives has been interesting because of the viewer backlash. Adult bullying was on full display and the women went from simply verbal assault to vicious physical assault. So VH1 and Shed Media were forced to do some soul searching and the promise is next season we will see a kinder, gentler Basketball Wives. The ringmaster of this circus has been Shaunie O’Neal. O’Neal has always portrayed herself as an observer. She never got her hands dirty, she let her minions do the dirty work while she gave the big eyed innocent look. On the season finale O’Neal consulted her pastor and asked him should she leave the show? We know she won’t the money is simply too good, but this season O’Neal’s mask was pulled off and she is as guilty as the ladies throwing blows.
Basketball Wives is going to cut down on the fighting. This is in response to two factors: an online petition and loss of sponsorship. This season the fights have been frequent and vicious and VH1 and Shaunie O’Neal have finally started listening to complaints about the behavior of these so-called Basketball Wives(most of them have never actually been wives). It is good news because seeing black women brawling and cursing every week is not entertainment…it is perpetuating an ugly stereotype.
it is ironic that the VH1 show is called Basketball Wives because none of the women are actually married to any basketball players. It showcases a group of social climbing women who are not afraid to throw a punch at each other. The violence is appalling, but people still keep watching. Finally, one former viewer has started a petiton on change. org to stop the violence on the show and to stop VH! from starting the new show that will feature chief bully Evelyn Lozada. Here are the words from the petition: “Evelyn Lozada is a bully. The violence on “Basketball Wives” is horrible and disgraceful. Physical assaults, threats, verbal abuse, and harassment. VH1 is rewarding this behavior by giving Evelyn a spinoff. Don’t reward negative behavior. This is not a hate petition against Eveyln Lozada. We simply will not support violence. It hurts to see violence amongst women on television for entertainment purposes. It is not ok for women to hit each other on TV. Call or write Viacom who owns VH1. Let your voice be heard!
Address: 1515 Broadway, New York, New York 10036, U.S.A.
Telephone: (212) 258-6000
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Please visit Petition Updates for the latest news and updates. Thank you to everyone for making your points without the use of profanity. We’re all about positive change.”
So far this petition has garnered close to 25,000 signatures. It might not stop the production of the show, but it’s got people talking.
I’ve admitted before that I do watch reality television, and I watch VH1 Basketball Wives. It is a funny premise because the majority of the cast are not and have never been basketball wives, but that’s not the point of this post. This show is the brainchild of Shaunie O’Neal. O’Neal recently wrote an open letter on the CNN website about her effort to create an uplifting show: “I have gotten both good and bad responses from viewers about Basketball Wives, and I certainly understand the opinion that the shows portrayal of black women is beginning to look somewhat negative. As you see on the show, I’m not a big supporter of the bickering, drink throwing and fighting, but when you put a group of strong, independent and vocal women who are going through or just came out of a bad relationship together, there’s bound to be a little drama. Let’s face it, we all know women like the ones on Basketball Wivesand countless other reality shows: Women who are vocal if you cross them. The problem for me is when black women are portrayed as only being that way and labeled different than their non-black counterparts for the same type of behavior. That’s when it becomes negative and damaging to our image. I’m not saying we have to create shows that only paint a pretty picture about who we are, but there should be a balance and most of all some integrity to the shows we create.” After watching this clip I can’t believe that O’Neal has ever watched her own show. Secondly, do you know any grown women that resort to fisticuffs to resolve a conflict?