Surely VH1 executives know that much of its reality TV programming is terrible and bad for you! And we could say this April Fools’ day parody created by the Network, proves it.
That I watched it and actually believed initially that it was a very real show, coming to VH1, speaks to just how lowbrow the network has become, and how low my expectations of it are (although they could always care even less) – enough that I didn’t even question whether it was a real show, considering what today’s date is. I just took it as yet more tripe from the network responsible for “Love & Hip Hop,” “Black Ink Crew,” “Atlanta Exes,” “Basketball Wives LA,” “Bye Felicia!,” “Mob Wives,” etc, etc, etc…
This morning, VH1 released this trailer for a series it says is a spin-off of its hit franchise “Love & Hip Hop” titled “Moms & Hip Hop,” which will follow a group of familiar R&B and hip hop mothers “who are out to protect their kin” and “are ready to deliver the barbs, slaps, and ish.”
The announcement adds: “After taking over the Right Coast, the Dirty South, and the West Coast, tensions are high for the moms of these rappers and singers and video vixens to find their own spot in the world of glitz and Instagram. ‘Moms & Hip Hop’ is executive produced by Damian Bellino for Dafuq Productions and Shirea L. Carroll, Alesa Andrews, and Elizabeth Black for FOH Entertainment.”
Obviously, after reading the above, you’d realize that that this is indeed a prank and not real. And if that wasn’t enough, at the very end of the post there’s this: “‘Moms & Hip Hop’ is 100% totally a joke.”
But it’s so very much like a lot of the rest of your programming VH1; and I’m sure if it were indeed a real show (and I wouldn’t completely dismiss the idea, despite the network saying it’s a joke), there would be an audience for it, just like there’s an audience for all its other identical reality TV series.
This is a network that knows what its reputation is, and it feeds that with this April Fools’ day joke, almost daring critics to challenge what initially appears to be a real spin-off series, only to have the rug pulled out from under them, with the revelation that it’s a fake:
So sly those VH1 execs are, aren’t they?