Last night, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” Season 5 premiered on Bravo. I was one of many who turned from the inspiring “Black Girls Rock” show on BET to tune into the mud-slinging, cat-fighting and ish-talking that characterizes Bravo’s hit TV show.

The first episode of the season delivered a heavy dose of drama with a series of confrontations between enemies (Kenya Moore and Cynthia Bailey’s claws were out at a casting call for Jet Magazine‘s Beauty of the Week) and frenemies (Kim Zolciak criticized Kandi Burress’ new house, ironically while the former faces eviction). Many viewers laughed, discussed and fervently watched. There was criticism of the characters for their behavior, specifically Kenya Moore, but few addressed the network airing the show.

Roland Martin raised an interesting point, tweeting:

Martin’s perspective is fascinating. When networks that serve black audiences, like TV One or BET, dip their toe in trashy reality television, audiences are quick to chide them for being morally reprehensible. Does the same standard apply to networks like Bravo, MTV and VH1?

Speak on it, Clutchettes. Is there a double standard for black television networks?

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  • Misshopkins

    When it comes to trash about us and for us, in the words of Rev. Jackson, we’re “insult proof.” We watch loyally with a weird twist of fascination, discuss, and an eager anticipation toward talking about it the next day. Stop the madness, stop the viewing, and stop needing the weekly fix of being reassured that “WE” have more class than the big-mouth, foul mouth, big butt women we love to watch. If you’re insulted by the millions Andy (who almost cannot contain his glee) and Bravo make from this just a step above plantation drama….vote with your feet and let the sponsors figure out how else to keep the white RHOA entertained with these reinforcements of what we’re really like!

  • Blaque217

    I personally don’t care if a show comes on a “Black” network or not, if it’s entertaining, I am going to watch it. These women don’t represent me, I REPRESENT ME. But more importantly, I don’t look at shows like Real Housewives, Basketball Wives, etc and think “these woman are being portrayed as loud, angry, and out of control”… I think the women of reality TV are being portrayed as human. People can trip and try to act like they never get angry, they never say things they shouldn’t say, they never stab their friends in the back or whatever. But I know if a someone followed me around with a video camera 24/7 they MIGHT see me lose my temper, they might see disagreements with me and my girlfriends, they might catch me saying or doing something that I’m not proud of. It’s life. These women weren’t cast to be role models, they were because they make good TV.

  • E.M.S.

    I have an idea, how about we don’t air ridiculous shows like this at all in the first place?. They’re the reason why society has such a negative image of black women, whether we are well off or living paycheck to paycheck we’re assumed to be just like them: ghetto, messy, and with no class or home training.

    How anyone can stomach even one episode of anything of these housewives shows is beyond me. We need to be better.

  • Roland and his tired ascot can have a seat! \_

  • Liyah D.

    All these reality shows exploit people of all races and genders who are acting a fool! I just wish that people would stop complaining and change the channel….