You will be redirected back to your article in seconds
Back to IndieWire

Color Of Change Demands Bravo’s ‘The Real Housewives Of Atlanta’ To Clean Up Its Act

Color Of Change Demands Bravo’s 'The Real Housewives Of Atlanta' To Clean Up Its Act

O.K. confession time. I’ve never seen a single episode of
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and
have never wanted to either. Call me strange, old fashioned, or out of the loop, or whatever,
but I just haven’t had any interest in watching a group of yaki weave wearing
black women fight and make fools of themselves on television.

Of course, we all know that it’s all staged and scripted, and
that the women are encouraged and pushed to act that way, or else they’ll be dumped from the
show, which means they won’t be able to stretch their allotted 15 minutes of
fame for at least another minute or two. But would the show lose viewers
overnight if everyone on it acted like an
intelligent, adult person?

Well the civil rights group Color of wants some major changes to the show, since they feel that it’s gotten too ridiculous, and that RHOA does nothing but perpetrate negative and destructive stereotypes of black
women in the media.

Push evidently came to shove with this Sunday’s RHOA “reunion” special, when a couple of the women got
into a physical brawl, prompting Color of Change to release the following statement:

physical violence displayed during Bravo’s Sunday primetime lineup was deeply
alarming. After weeks of promoting the RHOA reunion altercation on Sunday, executive producer Andy Cohen
finally condemned the violent behavior of cast members — completely ignoring
the staged hostile environment that provoked the altercation and the troubling
pattern of violent, stereotypical portrayals of Black people across many of Bravo’s
Black reality franchises.”

The statement further went on to say that:

shows that dehumanizing portrayals of Black people on television lead to
real-world consequences for Black folks — influencing how we are treated by
doctors, judges, teachers and lawmakers. No matter how entertaining, this
should be the last fight between Black women that Bravo profits from.”

However, Color of Change falls short of calling for a straight-out boycott
of the show. Rather, they want RHOA and the Bravo Network to enact a “no
excessive confrontations policy
” – the same thing that VH1’s Basketball Wives did back in 2012, when things on that show
got out of hand.

But seriously, the only way to have people act rationally
on a TV show is to have them, in effect, sign a contract to behave?  As if they can’t act normally on their own. 

Has it gotten this bad or am I just naïve?

What do you say?

This Article is related to: Television and tagged



One thing I don't understand is why we are letting a TV show about how some black women act define us. Why is RHOA a stereotype? Why does it have to be? It's a show about a few black women who can't stand each other so what. They are even worse in the RH franchises, fair enough, the fight was out of hand but you have shows like jerry springer, maury, honey boo boo, and many other shows where our white counterparts show themselves up. Why as a race do we feel we have to be better than the next race? I'm training to be a nurse and in no way shape or form am I going to let a reality tv show define me as a black woman.


I think your just as ignorant as these women. talk about them not knowing them at all and WHY so you can make money from this ratchet blog. They are just making money and you obviously know they are acting. so please have several seats or create content about something you know


Man I sincerely hope they dont cancel this show, where else am I going to be able to see uneducated women with low self esteem and fake boobs slapping each other for public attention? Damm i love dis show!!


I watched the last reunion 3 episode of RHOA and believe you me it has gone beyond entertainment. It is really unhealthy for people who dripping with such contempt for each other to be confined in close quarters. People talking over people and screaming at the top of their voices to drown out the opinion of others.
Then after the women and their husbands rip each other to shreds we have Andy Cohen sits there grimacing and smiling at the people.
Honestly this show is doing a lot of damage to the image of black women but as always let them defend the show.

Andy Cohen describe what the show has evolved into as a "Great Season". I do not know if he used to fight and bicker in his parents home but such behavior is not the norm and never should be. The idea that it involves big money and others are doing it so let the black community go to the depths of depravity is the logic of the devil himself.
Nobody is policing these black women but in the same vein they are not model examples to the black kids and youth.


I think it could be Black, White, Asian whatever but he should of stopped it from the get-go because you can only provoke someone so much before they react and to allow her to have a bullhorn and her magical wound pointing it at people and "puffing them like she has special fairy dust" is just sooo soo wrong, and to top it off he go's and apologize's to crazy Kenya and then walk into Porsha's dressing room and ask her what happened???? really you dumb you know what, she had a bullhorn and wound that's what. It makes me beyond mad!!!! "what happened" PLEASE!!


if they want to demand anything..why the hell don't they DEMAND THEY GET RID OF THAT SHIT ALTOGETHER


The show is not necessarily the problem.. the fact that Black folks watch this trash is.


I don't think it matters how black or white women are portrayed on TV, people are going to have their stereotypical opinions no matter what. I know what I see on TV regarding how white women are portrayed is far from the truth. I encounter them everyday and it's not demure pretty lily around here.


If Floyd Mayweather, NFL players, wrestlers, etc. can get fame and cash for beating the hell outta people then I think it's only fair the women get rewarded for tearing into each other too…lol


One last thing, has anyone seen the show "Gypsy Sisters" on TLC? No? Hmm…. check it out. Because a similar situation occurred on that show and no one said anything about it. Is it because this show is about white women in West Virginia? Sounds hypocritical to me. Give us a break. There are ignorant people in each race. Like I said before, us all a break please. Look up
"Gypsy Sisters FIGHT. OMG LMBO" on youtube and the video will come up.


I only skimmed through this article and stopped halfway simply because I feel like people forget that this is called ENTERTAINMENT. People wanted to be entertained and to be frank, the incident that occurred Sunday was a bit much, but intriguing at the same time. Life happens, things happen, so what. No one was seriously injured and only hair was pulled. Give it a break people. As far as these women being an embarrassment to African Americans, let me just say this- if you want to find a great role model who is African American then go research someone. It's not that hard to do. I wouldn't choose any of these women on this show as a role model for myself, but I have found other women such as Coretta Scott King and Michelle Obama to look up to.

Miles Ellison

The sad fact is that no one is interested in watching intelligent, dignified black women on television. This show (and others like it) are on television because there is an audience. The only way this stops is if black people stop patronizing it.


Personally, I think it's funny they chose RHOA to set this example. I do believe that media portrayals lead to real life incidences of bias and prejudice, without a doubt. However, this show is more balanced than most reality shows, and much of the fictitious works that represent black folks in the media. RHOA has shown women bickering with each other, but to its credit it has also shown these same women working, being active mothers and there have even been moments of true sisterhood displayed. So, if they are going to hold Bravo accountable, do so by all means, but when are they going to pull Tyler Perry's card? When are they going to get at World Star Hip Hop? This is an ongoing thing, so it shouldn't just start and stop with Bravo. I also find it interesting because RHOA has had the least incidences of violence of all the reality shows I can think of. I could be wrong though.

Random Commentary

I honestly think WE try to police our public image FAR too much. Did white people try to ban Roseanne, Peggy Bundy, Honey Boo Boo? No. Why, because any image of them on tv represents opportunity and representation. WE keep trying to perpetuate the Cosby show image on America, when the Cosby show realistically represented a small minority of affluent black families. Any time a trifling show gets aired WE get up in arms, for what. Black faces on tv shows (not real life crime shows) represent POWER. Either take the good imagery with the bad or settle for minimized to no representation on tv. Those are black actresses working as opposed to being unemployed.


Its crazy to me that we all came together to ensure that the show about the rapper with all his baby mamas never aired, yet RHOA just wrapped up season 6. Why is it okay to show grown women on TV acting a complete fool? To me if we are going to stop one show which totally degrades the black community then all of them need to go. This goes for the Love&Hip hop, basketball wives, black ink, R&B Divas, Braxton family values, SWV show, and other show where we are humuliating our communities. We need to stop believing that it is okay to trade in our self worth for a pay check. Remember you may be acting, but this is who the world thinks we are. More importantly, this who the next generations are going to believe they have to be. I realize we are adults who have the right to make our own decisions, but we also have a responsibility to ourselves and our community. Have some pride please, we can afford to get any lower.


Ugh, these women only represent themselves. How they behave has nothing to do with me as a Black woman. I know someone is going to mention representation and all of that bull, but the truth is that Black people were discriminated in a WORSE way before TV or Film were even invented. The point is, that if a White person or non-Black person is going to be racist, they are always going to find a reason to do so BECAUSE THEY WANT TO! There is only so much we can do about it. Policing and monitoring how other grown Black people conduct themselves is not going to limit racism in any way.


oh not to absolve myself of this violence for entertainment circus let me add my tastes trend toward scifi/fantasy i watch game of thrones. i guess my question is does the fault really lay with the housewives?


I dont watch either…while this might be helpful i agree there is a culture at Bravo and beyond Bravo that encourages violent behavior for entertainment. NHL is beginning the see the repercussions. They can have a contract but those arent the only parties involved in this circus frankly.


I’m wondering why you are writing about a how youHAVE NEVER SEEN and no nothing about. You’re an idiot. It’s not scripted. The woman aren’t actors. And they are not all uneducated bimbos. You’re a first class asshole.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *