Last night, the first part of the reunion for the Real Housewives of Atlanta aired, and while many enjoyed watching the ladies go toe-to-toe over such hot button issues as who is a bigger designer label addict and which woman is truly rich, I couldn’t help thinking how ugly each of the women came off looking.

While some like Phaedra Parks and Cynthia Bailey managed to stay (somewhat) above the fray, the arguments between Kim, Nene, Sheree, and Kandi seemed extremely over the top and very, very petty.

The negativity was palpable. And while I stopped watching the Atlanta Housewives at the beginning of the season, only catching the last two episodes, it’s clear that each woman knows how to give the audience what they want: a train wreck. And while they are handsomely rewarded for their efforts (Nene reportedly raked in $500k), I wonder if they care that their nonsensical arguments and juvenile behavior make them look so unattractive to the outside world.

God willing, when I reach 40, the last thing on my mind will be carrying on high school-esque drama for hours on end with women I don’t even like. So while I recognize that this show has helped these ladies up their social status, I really don’t understand what would compel these business-savvy, outwardly beautiful women to utterly play themselves on TV.

While the money is indeed great, these women could use this opportunity in the spotlight to launch more valuable (and lucrative) careers, and I’m sure being the bitter broad arguing about whose teeth look better and whose house is paid for just won’t get them there.

Exhibit A: Sheree.

Last night Sheree appeared to be grasping at straws in an attempt to resurrect her relevancy and revive her tired storyline by attempting to beef with Nene about her son’s brush with the law. Although Nene rubs me the wrong way because she constantly acts brand new, last night Sheree’s attempt to peg Nene as a bad mother because her son was arrested did nothing but make Sheree look desperate for the spotlight.

And while Nene scored points for pointing out that her son is off limits, she lost them off when she constantly rolled her eyes at the other ladies’ good news and fought with Kim about whether or not she rented her house.

With so many important things going on in the world, these women have a real platform to speak out and work toward helping other women improve their lives. Although their stories could be compelling—bouncing back from divorce, starting new businesses, finally finding love—they constantly undercut their ability to be role models for women by engaging idiotic arguments that expose their ugliest sides.

Did you watching the RHOA reunion? What did you think?

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