Last night, the first part of the reunion for the Real Housewives of Atlanta aired, and while many enjoyed watching the ladies go toe-to-toe over such hot button issues as who is a bigger designer label addict and which woman is truly rich, I couldn’t help thinking how ugly each of the women came off looking.

While some like Phaedra Parks and Cynthia Bailey managed to stay (somewhat) above the fray, the arguments between Kim, Nene, Sheree, and Kandi seemed extremely over the top and very, very petty.

The negativity was palpable. And while I stopped watching the Atlanta Housewives at the beginning of the season, only catching the last two episodes, it’s clear that each woman knows how to give the audience what they want: a train wreck. And while they are handsomely rewarded for their efforts (Nene reportedly raked in $500k), I wonder if they care that their nonsensical arguments and juvenile behavior make them look so unattractive to the outside world.

God willing, when I reach 40, the last thing on my mind will be carrying on high school-esque drama for hours on end with women I don’t even like. So while I recognize that this show has helped these ladies up their social status, I really don’t understand what would compel these business-savvy, outwardly beautiful women to utterly play themselves on TV.

While the money is indeed great, these women could use this opportunity in the spotlight to launch more valuable (and lucrative) careers, and I’m sure being the bitter broad arguing about whose teeth look better and whose house is paid for just won’t get them there.

Exhibit A: Sheree.

Last night Sheree appeared to be grasping at straws in an attempt to resurrect her relevancy and revive her tired storyline by attempting to beef with Nene about her son’s brush with the law. Although Nene rubs me the wrong way because she constantly acts brand new, last night Sheree’s attempt to peg Nene as a bad mother because her son was arrested did nothing but make Sheree look desperate for the spotlight.

And while Nene scored points for pointing out that her son is off limits, she lost them off when she constantly rolled her eyes at the other ladies’ good news and fought with Kim about whether or not she rented her house.

With so many important things going on in the world, these women have a real platform to speak out and work toward helping other women improve their lives. Although their stories could be compelling—bouncing back from divorce, starting new businesses, finally finding love—they constantly undercut their ability to be role models for women by engaging idiotic arguments that expose their ugliest sides.

Did you watching the RHOA reunion? What did you think?

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  • Of course I watched it! It was the most entertaining episode of the season. These women have big personalities, which is a big part of why they were cast on the show. I didn’t have a problem with the way any of them acted. They’re all adults, and are representing no one but themselves.

  • OMG… i just watched the clips posted and just… CRINGED. I don’t understand how people can watch this! I hate listening to people talk over eachother, which is why I can’t watch most talk shows. If these clips are an accurate representation of this show, then hell to the naw I don’t, and won’t ever, watch this foolishness. But I can see the appeal of it. It’s like a fancy, middle-class version of Jerry Springer – there is absolutely NO DIFFERENCE.

    So, although I don’t watch the show, I can say something to your comment “these women have a real platform to speak out and work toward helping other women improve their lives” — uh, WRONG. If these women were trying to do that, nobody would watch it. Especially BLACK women. Nobody wants to watch a bunch of rich black women doing something positive with their fame and fortune. Shows like that get cancelled. These women are doing exactly what it is that they are being paid to do. The only difference is that they are so stupid that they let the beef become real rather than just taking it as it is: a SCRIPT.

    • +1

    • Aletta

      +2! I never post, long-time lurker but you hit the nail on the head. If there was no drama, nobody would watch, and Bravo wouldn’t get ratings!

  • La, California Dreaming (Ocean Blue)

    Naw, I didn’t watch the RHOA reunion. I stopped watching RHOA after the first season.

    I mean, are they arguing really about who rents their house and who doesn’t? They don’t even talk. They just argue.

  • Quick question: Is Nene okay?! She too kray kray ya’ll!

  • iQgraphics

    I just watched the two clips posted above and I need an Excedrin!