As I said before, I’ve never seen VH-1’s popular reality show Basketball Wives, but I know every week there’s some real ig’nant behavior that goes on, on the show – so much that celebrities such as Star Jones, Wendy Williams and others have criticized the show for its portrayal of black women and calling for a boycott.
And in fact, one online petition to boycott the show has gotten tens of thousands of signatures so far, and one sponsor, Summer’s Eve, has pulled its ads from the show.
Well, it looks like all of this has taken effect, since both the network and the production company, Shed Media, have both now issued press releases stating that they will tone down their act and eliminate any future violent acts on the show.
The Shed Media release stated that: “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.”
Meanwhile VH-1’s official press release said that: “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.“
And they further went on to say: “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.“
So do you believe them? Or do you think they’re just saying this for now to get the heat off their backs, and they’ll eventually go back to their old ways?
And what if viewership dips because people are acting like real adults on the show instead of spoiled kids? Will the show be forced to go back to their old ways?
But most importantly…will YOU be watching?