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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  • MySister’sKeeper

    I get that you like Demetria as a fellow blogger, but be real, she sunk low like the rest of the women. She was one of those powerful forces stirring up the storm. I expected better from them all. At the end of the day, just another bunch of reality chicks trying to get their 15 minutes.

    And what is with the comment section here. Ugh!

    • Beejcee

      Demetria really had some folks snowed under didn’t she? IMO, she was an instigator in the season 1 drama. Probably why she quit the show.

  • I’m done with ALL of them! I guess the thirst is Ssssooo real you have to draw blood and use a weapon. And I hate to do the light skin vs dark skin, but Geneva surely hasn’t helped the cause. You can’t even watch black doctors conduct themselves respectfully on television. It’s all so nauseating.

    • Anthony

      Thomas should have avoided violence like the plague because there is no way on earth that she can avoid coming off like the jealous darker woman.

  • bee

    Demetria came off as if she was so together and the others were not. I did not see her try to get the women to get along. It was all about Demetria

    • Demetria was my LEAST favorite.

  • Kat

    I always knew that Blood, Sweat and Heels was a set up, just like R&B Divas, Love and Hip Hop, RHOA and the rest. “Drama” is marketable and I wouldn’t even mind, if they didn’t all stick to the tired “bring each other down and throw bottles at each other” trope. Miss me with all of those shows.