Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of talk about the excessive drama, negativity, and violence on VH1’s hit reality show Basketball Wives. Although the show is popular, some fans have been revolting, demanding the women grow up and stop solving every petty argument and conflict with their fists.
A petition calling for a more responsible portrayal of women made the rounds on the ‘net and even prompted one of the show’s sponsors, Summer’s Eve, to drop out of the show. Perhaps feeling pressured by the onslaught of criticism, VH1 and the show’s production company Shed Media have promised to put a stop to the on-screen violence.
VH1 discussed the change in a press release:
“Our viewers opinions always matter a great deal to us at VH1. Lately, there has been a lot of conversation about Basketball Wives, a series featuring strong, intelligent women with very passionate viewpoints which can sometimes escalate.”
They continued: “We at VH1 agree with and support Shaunie and the show producers’ “no excessive physical confrontations” policy on the series moving forward. We are all committed to balancing the candid, bold excitement that the viewers have come to love in the series with storylines and representations they can be proud of. Shaunie has been a strong advocate for a more balanced approach to the show and we, along with our producing partners at Shed Media, are all in agreement about moving forward with that goal.”
The folks of Shed Media agreed:
“Shed Media US is fully committed to telling the compelling stories of the Basketball Wives in a balanced way. Our producing partner Shaunie O’Neal feels strongly about this, and we fully agree with this stance. We support her as she encourages the cast members to work out issues in a non-violent fashion. We look forward to working with her and the rest of the cast on conveying more balance in the next season.”
So does this mean the ladies will no longer resort to hair-pulling, cussing, and bottle-throwing? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
What do you think of the changes? Will fans continue to watch a toned down ‘Basketball Wives’?