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Does The Real Housewives of Atlanta or Love & Hip Hop stereotype Black Women? Loud, angry women who happens to be Black, that like to start arguments and fight. Let’s be real, some of the actions of Nene Leakes and Chrissy Lampkin and their cast members are just WRONG! Anyone with half a brain can see this. But it makes for good television and ratings. Reality television madness sells. DeShawn Snow was not invited back for season 2 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, because she was “too human for a circus show”. The women who are cast are told and know what the producers are looking for. They make the choice.

Actor Brian White (Stomp The Yard) in an interview with Hello Beautiful made some statements that have upset a few people. Whenever I write about reality shows, I have always said that these women act like this to make money, build a fan base, to sell their many and various products, to get other gigs and to be invited back for the next season. They play these characters on their respective reality shows. I cannot believe that these women in “real” life act like this all the time. Although some, not all, do behave like raving lunatics.

“Here’s your dollerrrrrrrz”

“She’s just a little bit ghetto”

“I heard she is a big momma”

“Who gon’ check me boo?”

Do you believe that the stereotypes we see on TV are prevalent in the race or just portrayed on TV? Is it really the majority of  black women that act like Nene?
I have five sisters and two moms, none of them are like that! To me, I can say I’m offended if they want to represent that and don’t want to represent my mom, but my mom represents Phylicia Rashād and has been represented on TV all my life. I can’t say that. I don’t watch “Real Housewives,” I’ve never seen an episode of “Love & Hop Hop” I’m not supporting it, I’m not giving it ratings. I’m not making the stereotype exist on TV. You’ve watched it, you’ve added to why it’s on TV.[sic]

If you look at Hip Hop, the rappers and their girlfriends, their reality shows look just like “Love & Hip Hop” and “Housewives,” some of them are even on those shows… so we’re taking the line between what’s real and what’s on TV and its all blurred but it looks exactly the same as what’s in Tyler’s movies. That’s not what I see when I go on Rowland Martins show or having this conversation with you, we are not the majority. Look at the statistics in education, only our community not all blacks African Americans we perform the worst along with Mexicans. The rest of the blacks in the world are like second and third. There’s no correlation with race, it’s our culture.

Nene tweeted in response:

Nene acted first before joining RHOA? In what? I don’t believe Brian was disrespecting the reality show genre or Nene herself, he was eloquently stating his opinion and a few facts when it comes to women behaving badly on television. The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Love & Hip Hop are not stereotyping Black women any more than The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Baseball Wives or Bayou Billionaires stereotypes white women.

Listen to the entire interview it’s at the very least, interesting.

What are your thoughts?

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