In a few short years, reality TV and its most infamous stars have taken over pop culture. And while positive, inspiring shows like The Biggest Loser and The Amazing Race beam into millions of homes each week, the shows that seem to get people talking the most are those rife with drama. From Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise to VHI’s Basketball Wives, fans seem to both love and loath the petty beefs of some of the most outspoken ladies on TV. But with so many watching, discussing, and dissecting their every move have these ladies become our new role models?
When I first saw Vibe magazine’s latest cover crowning Kandi Burrus, Evelyn Lozada, Chrissy Lampkin, and Tamar Braxton our new “roles models” I quietly whispered, “WTF?”
Were they serious or were they simply using this group of obvious non-role models to sell magazines?
Bonsu Thompson of Vibe wonders:
“Reality television’s vengeful, ’bow-throwing drama queens get paid to ante up, catfight and go dumb for a living. They’re also funny, thoughtful mothers, sisters and self-made businesswomen who’ve spun our thirsts for theater into bankable fame. Can they live?”
While Thompson goes on to highlight the ladies’ problematic behavior—bottle throwing, cursing, fighting, and rampant bad behavior—he gives them the benefit of the doubt and delves under the surface to find out what makes them tick. What we read is a host of contradictions that keep these women in the public eye.
When asked what they thought about Star Jones’ criticism of the how the women act on air, they had a few harsh words for their fellow TV star: Mind your business.
VIBE: Star Jones started a petition, lashing out against women and violence on reality TV. What’s your reaction?
Evelyn: [Bursts into laughter] I think she’s going to have to get a whole lot of names. Actually, I like the petition and I like the controversy because I’ve learned controversy is good. But I think she’s irrelevant. And she’s using our coattails to get relevant again. Nobody gives a fuck about her.
Chrissy: Whatever Star Jones is feeling is a little deeper than what she sees. I think she has her own issues.
Kandi: She may not be violent, but I’m sure she goes off on people in her day-to-day. I just don’t think it’s fair to block somebody from getting money.