Basketball Wives: Boycott or Balance?

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I wrote about immaturity, sanctimony, & boycotts as it relates to Basketball Wives for Ebony.com.

Here’s a preview:

When I tune into Basketball Wives, I know exactly what I’m getting, which is why I don’t bother feigning shock that people paid to behave ridiculously on camera do so diligently week after week. It’s why I also refuse to completely join the guilt fest currently spreading across the Web.

The show’s biggest personality, Evelyn Lozada, has become the subject of anew online petition rallying against her alleged bullying ways. And after watching Evelyn’s ex-BFF, Jennifer Williams, get smacked in the face on camera by her former friend on a recent episode of Basketball Wives, Star Jones is seeking to bring about a caucus in order to boycott and “tell the truth about the image of women of color in the media.” She also declared, “[L]ittle Black girls deserve more than what we’re giving!”

Even some of the stars of Basketball Wives are speaking out about the direction the show has taken. Shaunie O’Neal, who executive produces and co-stars in the series, acknowledges that some of the behavior on the show – largely from her friends Evelyn and Tami Roman – can conceivably be perceived as bullying, though she attributes that mainly due to their “strong personalities.”

Roman, on the other hand, has cited “editing” as the culprit and claimed, “I would love to see a season 5 where VH1 and Shed Media are called out to show more positive things that we’re doing and show us how we are 90 percent of the time, instead of how we are 10 percent of the time.”

Oh.

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