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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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.
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?