Deep sigh. It was only a matter of time before this happened because something or someone always has to pop off on a reality show. Bravo’s Blood Sweat and Tears stars, Geneva Thomas and Melyssa Ford got into an epic brawl on Tuesday night during the taping of their show. Thomas was arrested and Ford’s rep said Ford had to get 3 staples to close the wound on her head — and also cut her feet on the broken glass.

TMZ reported:

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Thomas was on a boat in NYC during a shoot for her show, “Blood, Sweat and Heels.”  We’re told she got into an argument with another woman and her choice of weapon was a vodka bottle, which connected with the other lady’s head.

Plus, there’s video. Although I’m sure viewers will be able to see the entire fight go down when the episode airs.

This saddens me because I watched Blood Sweat and Tears during the first season expecting to see women of color trying to build their businesses, grow their brands, and find their place in cold and harsh New York City. Sometimes this happened. But more often than not, it was the same type of tired reality show where there had to be drama upon drama, mean girls vs. the others, screaming matches and fights, drinks being thrown, etc., etc. These were supposed to be “classy” women. Women who were movers and shakers, or at least rubbing elbows with movers and shakers. Is all publicity good publicity? I don’t know. I’m sure the women’s Twitter follower counts went up, but I wonder if that translated into real opportunities.

The only one who truly appeared to be about her business was author, life coach, and entrepreneur, Demetria Lucas. I follow her on Twitter and during the show’s airing, she made it clear that this was not what she signed up for. I respected her hustle on the show. She featured her products (her book, A Belle in Brooklyn), always had her brands on full display, and did her best to rise above the drama. She tried, but the forces that be were too powerful.

I get that drama sells and that a paycheck from Bravo (or any other channel really) is probably nice, but at what cost to you? Because of this fight, Thomas has been arrested and Ford sent to the hospital. Was it worth it? I ask this, especially after having just seen commercials for Bravo’s first scripted series, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, which I’m sure was made possible off the profits of the networks’ reality shows and at the expense of their shows’ stars.

Diana Veiga is a Spelman woman, a DC resident, and a freelance writer. Of course, she’s also on Twitter.

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