While I’m sure I’m in the minority when I say, “I’m embarrassed” by the gratuitous and ill-mannered displays of ignorance that recommence on Reality shows that exploit African-Americans. RHWOA, Bad Girls Club, Basketball Wives and Love and Hip Hop, have replaced sitcoms and become as addictive as nicotine. Why has it become okay to glamorize ignorance? Once again, African-American women matching the bestowed stereotypical loud mouth, materialistic gold diggers; young women who almost compete in exchanging 3, 4 or 5 letter word expletives to up the other and women who accept cheating and adultery – not to mention glamorizing blatant violence. I know that smut sells, but in the end, you’re just another Reality Show ‘has been’ disappearing into the land of “Who really cares!”
As I listen to these women brag about their self-proclaimed fabulousity, and countless designer possessions, none of this negates the ignorance shamelessly exhibited from week to week. None of the labels can replace your integrity. The actual reality is, we can’t blame anyone for the exploitation, if we sign up for it. When you’re stripped of the Gucci, Christian Louboutin and Chanel, all that’s left is an empty shell and your 15 seconds of fame. We all like nice things, but why do they define us, and make us judgmental toward those who don’t have as much as you? You’re laying claim and proudly fighting over something you’ve hardly earned, but instead pimped yourself out to attain. It’s the ladies who actually earn their own fame and fortune that rarely validate themselves by their worldly goods.
Our impressionable youth begin to watch these shameful shows and become desensitized to respect. Most of these women (I use the term loosely) have children of their own, but I guess the almighty dollar supersede their children and reputation. While we had women of character who paved the way for us; we in turn pave a path of destruction for the young women that follow us? We criticize our youth, but they can only ensue the path that has been instituted.