Since splitting from her NBA baller ex-husband, Shaunie O’Neal has been making a name for herself with her popular reality TV franchise, Basketball Wives. Despite their catty, backstabbing behavior, the drama on the show seemed to reach a turning point this week as BBWs’ star Jennifer Williams filed suit against her co-star Evelyn Lozada’s assistant for assault stemming from a slap.
Recently, O’Neal talked with Vibe to defend her show and its questionable portrayals of women.
“I’m extremely happy that Basketball Wives continues to have another successful fourth season. As the ratings have been through the roof since our season opener, fans continue to tune into the lives of Evelyn, Tami, Jennifer, Royce, Suzie and myself. As there is always controversy and indifference projected on the show, because we are all individual personalities, I always hope that people will find that as much as you may agree or disagree with the opinions, the behavior, [and] even our different taste in shoes, you are taking a look inside the lives of four complete different women. I will never say I agree with some of the behavior between my girlfriends on the show, but if we were to edit certain things out the show would be scripted and not reality.
As a woman of color with kids, I am very aware of myself, but I also have to be aware that my choices cannot be the same for everyone on the show and I have to respect that. I hope the fans feel they see a balance and know we have always been real with our stories, even though it may not always be a positive portrayal of adult women but real women nonetheless. I look forward to developing other media platforms in the future and hope that fans will continue to support.”
While O’Neal never seems to engage in the petty drama and conflicts of her costars, fact is, as the show’s producer she is responsible for the show.
While many have leveled criticisms of Basketball Wives against VH1 and the show’s most outspoken stars, should we be holding O’Neal more accountable for what ends up on air?
What do you think?