Yes, you tune in like during the week and Sunday nights to those juicy, drama-filled reality shows. Let’s be honest. Reality TV is a guilty pleasure for many of us. From Basketball Wives to Love & Hip Hop , Black women continue to behave in such a way where we completely fulfill the exact same stereotype that we complain upon.
Our eyes are literally glued to the television screen while we rant about whose team we are on. Yes, there is a few reality shows featuring Black women setting a powerful example, but in truth there is no serious buzz from the content on the shows. From episode to episode we watch other women’s life through a looking glass just to get a quick glimpse into their lifestyle. Fights, baby mama drama, betrayal, and the classic “He said, She said” displays the same rage that usually ends not so sweetly.
There is already enough in real life that Black women have to go through. Does it help to cheer on for the next cast member to “sneak one” on next week’s show? With the constant hype on these reality shows, some women have shown an increased loss of reality that leads them to think it is acceptable for us to act this way. I mean, it is on TV and if it is shown to the world, it must be OK for us to plot a conspiracy against another woman because she did you “wrong”, right? Wrong.
Then there is another side to the love triangle. Some of the viewers know what they are doing are wrong, but it is still fun to watch. If television only showed people doing the right things, absolutely no one would watch. Now more than ever shows are less about the story-line and more about the drama.
Arguing, drink throwing, and hair pulling are all average aspects of most reality shows these days. People only think what they see when it comes to an impression of a person. If we continue to star in reality shows and nevertheless encourage it, the stereotypes will remain.