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Star Jones Calls For Boycott Of “Basketball Wives” And Other Reality Shows

Star Jones Calls For Boycott Of "Basketball Wives" And Other Reality Shows

I will tell you upfront that I’ve never seen The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Love and Hip-Hop, VH1’s Basketball Wives or any of those reality shows that are aimed at…ahem…urban viewers. But I tend to avoid them since, from what I understand, most of them on the whole tend to be (using the current vernacular) pretty ratchet.

In particular, Basketball Wives, which I understand is particularly ig’nant. Especially one regular on the show by the name of Evelyn Lozada, who is supposed to be a real doozy with an extremely violent temper.

Well Star Jones, who’s currently in the midst of a TV carrer rehabilitation herself, appearing several times a week on The Today Show, has had enough and has launched a campiagn to boycott Wives and other shows of the like. What set her off was a recent episode of the show in which Lozada physically attacked another regular on the show, which has resulted in a lawsuit.

Jones tweeted that: “It may be ‘comfortable’ to be quiet when women of color slap the crap out of each other & run across tables barefoot, but #ENOUGHisENOUGH.”

She further went on to say that: And the thought that the woman from #BBW who was smacked doesn’t have the RIGHT to file assault charges is LUDICROUS! You NEVER give up your right not to have your ‘person’ intentionally assaulted unless you are participating in an agreed physical activity,” .

She further continued that: “I’m asking all my high profile, platform having conscientious sisters who STAND FOR SOMETHING to just say #ENOUGHisENOUGH & call folk out! Be mad. But think about what I said. WE ARE BETTER than that. You’re either part of the problem or part of the solution.”

All well and good, but wasn’t Jones herself criticized for her behavoir when she was a regular last year on Celebrity Apprentice? So wouldn’t her criticism about Wives smack just a tinny tiny bit of hypocrisy? I can only repeat what I’ve read about her on the show, so if you have a different take about her appearence on Apprentice let’s hear it.

But to the larger issue at hand, do you applaud Star, or do you think she’s out of line?

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