Although VH1’s newest reality show Love & Hip Hop was a hit, at least one of its stars was not happy with the final project and will not be returning for season two.
Singer and songwriter Mashonda, famously known as Swizz Beats’ ex-wife, wasn’t too happy with the show’s continual focus on the cattiness and drama between the ladies on the show. After her very public split with her ex-husband, Mashonda says she wanted to share her story in the hopes that it would not only help Emily, her fellow cast mate, but also women around the country who were dealing with similar situations.
“I really honestly did do the show to help Emily and help women across the United States, to let them know that you’re not the only one that can go through something like this [divorce and heartbreak],” she told Hip Hop Weekly Magazine.
Although the show was billed as a look behind the velvet rope of hip-hop through a woman’s eyes, and I’d argue that the most compelling parts of the show dealt with the women’s lives—Emily’s relationship, Chrissy’s proposal, Somaya’s career moves—many of the scenes devolved into stereotypical girl-on-girl beef.
From Chrissy’s negative feelings toward Somaya because she was working with Chrissy’s man, to Somaya’s beef with…everyone, at some moments Love & Hip Hop seemed to be more concerned with catfights than the women’s stories. And apparently, Mashonda didn’t want to be apart of it.
“I just don’t feel like at this point in my life, Love and Hip Hop represents who I am, it’s just a chapter that is over. When I shot the show, I thought that it was going to be like more of a sisterhood, but when I saw a lot of the drama and the beef, I was a little surprised, I was like wow, okay, I didn’t know this was going to be apart of what this is.”
I sympathize with Mashonda’s sentiment. I, too, would have liked to see the women supporting each other more and beefing less. Moreover, the “beef” that did crop up on the show seemed very phony and staged. However, at the end of the day Love & Hip Hop is a reality show, and reality shows thrive off of drama so Mashonda shouldn’t have been too surprised with the final product.
What did you think of Love & Hip Hop? Who do you think should take Mashonda’s slot on the show?