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Civil Rights Group Calls Real Housewives of Atlanta Brawl Deeply Alarming

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Civil rights group ColorOfChange wants to give reality TV violence a knockout punch.

The group is specifically targeting Bravo’s African-American centered programs, and in a statement, ColorOfChange expresses concern over Sunday’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion, which saw Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams get into a violent physical confrontation.

“After weeks of promoting the RHOA reunion altercation, on Sunday executive producer Andy Cohen finally condemned the violent behavior of cast members — completely ignoring the staged hostile environment that provoked the altercation and the troubling pattern of violent, stereotypical portrayals of Black people across many of Bravo’s Black reality franchises,” reads the statement, obtained exclusively by The Hollywood Reporter.

NBCUniversal did not respond to request for comment.

“We’ve been in contact with NBCUniversal last week verbally and shared concerns in writing — specifically about this Real Housewives of Atlanta confrontation that was coming up,” Arisha Hatch, campaign director at ColorOfChange, tells THR.

The group would like to see Bravo enact policies similar to what VH1 has in place for Basketball Wives. The network and producers adopted a no excessive physical confrontations policy for the show in 2012.

Hatch says ColorOfChange is not calling for the cancellation of Real Housewives of Atlanta as the show — violence aside — does contain positive images of African-American women and families.

Andy Cohen addressed the fight on Twitter after the reunion special aired:

Read the full statement from ColorOfChange below.

“From the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion to the second season of Married to Medicine, the physical violence displayed during Bravo’s Sunday primetime lineup was deeply alarming. After weeks of promoting the RHOA reunion altercation, on Sunday executive producer Andy Cohen finally condemned the violent behavior of cast members — completely ignoring the staged hostile environment that provoked the altercation and the troubling pattern of violent, stereotypical portrayals of Black people across many of Bravo’s Black reality franchises.

“Research shows that dehumanizing portrayals of Black people on television lead to real-world consequences for Black folks — influencing how we are treated by doctors, judges, teachers and lawmakers. No matter how entertaining, this should be the last fight between Black women that Bravo profits from.”

Online comments:

You’re so full of crap it’s just sad.

“The bottom line here” is that the presence of a bullhorn does not constitute compulsion to either use it or respond to its use with physical violence. Period. Nor does it absolve anyone of choosing physical altercation.

My husband and I have had arguments in the kitchen…yet neither of us have ever brandished a knife. We’ve had arguments in the bedroom, which contains the gun safe…but no one has been shot. We’ve even had it out in the driveway…but nobody got run over. If we were as mature as we *should* be, we’d not reach the point of argument…but at least, being grownups, we’ve outgrown the whole “get pissed and attack” toddler response 😛

Watch the order of the film again. Rachet girl 1 takes up the bullhorn, rachet girl 2 responds by standing….but more is said *without* the bullhorn before it actually descends into hair pulling stupidity. The woman in pink who actually starts the *fight* should be charged with assault. The other woman *did* use the bullhorn….but so what? Back away, knock *the bullhorn* out of her hands…other options *were* available.

Full of crap as I may be, you are presuming I think what Porsha did was fine and that is not the case. Porsha Williams is a 32 year old woman and should have had better control over her own emotions. She made a fool out of herself, and I have stated that repeatedly,even if you’ve missed it. However, as the executive producer of the show, Andy Cohen has a responsibility to his staff to not put them in situations that could be dangerous. He should have known better than to allow that bull horn on the set. It would have been disresectful no matter who Kenya decided to turn it on, and I will bet you that had Kenya decided to use it on Andy, while he would not have turned violent, she would have been removed from the set. Now. Perhaps you can lose the crap you seem to be storing up? LOL!

After getting the charges dismissed, Porsha should actually sue Kenya, Andy and Bravo. Bravo actually allowed the whole thing to happen to get ratings. Not only did they allow that Kenya to bring the props on the set, Andy Cohen was actually laughing at Kenya’s antics when she started to threaten Porsha with that assault weapon, constantly pointing it to her face AFTER Porsha asked her repeatedly to stop doing that. As if that wasn’t enough, Kenya pulled the bullhorn and started blasting insults towards Porsha, to which Andy Cohen again laughed. It wasn’t until Porsha, feeling threatened, started defending herself that Andy and the rest of the Bravo crew intervened. Bravo will most certainly not invite Porsha back. So, at this point Porsha has nothing to lose. She should go down swinging by suing Andy and Bravo for creating a very unsafe ‘work environment’ and doing nothing to protect her when a ‘colleague’ threatened her with an assault weapon, to add insult to injury, Bravo fired her when she literally stood up for herself and defended herself.
Porsha, if you need a lawyer let me know. I’ll even do it pro bono. This is a very easily winnable labor case.

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