*Reality TV is looking like a free for all for black women in the worst way. And Color of Change has had enough.
The online civil rights website is leading the way to take “Watch What Happens: Live” host Andy Cohen and the Bravo network to task by demanding an end to them profiting from airing physical fights between people of color.
In an email statement, Color Of Change’s Managing Director of Campaigns Arisha Hatch cited a fight between “Real Housewives of Atlanta” stars Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore as one of many instances where Bravo portrays black women in a negative light via frequent physical assaults against each other. Williams and Moore’s encounter was featured on “RHOA”’s reunion special last season.
The fights, Color of Change noted, translates into big ratings and more revenue for the cable network. In addition to Williams and More, Hatch also noted a recent altercation between the stars of “Blood, Sweat And Heels,” Geneva Thomas and Melyssa Ford. Earlier this month, Thomas injured Ford when she allegedly hit her in the head with an alcohol bottle. The incident occurred as Bravo filmed the second season of the popular reality show.
The following is the statement from Color of Change:
“Violence involving Black cast members has become a reliable ratings boost for Bravo. Prior to last season’s reunion show altercation, major brawls on shows like The New Atlanta and Married to Medicine were aired with much fanfare, hyped up as must-see television events.
Bravo is not at the mercy of the behavior of the casts of its shows. Reality TV producers routinely utilize staged, hostile environments and specific editing strategies to conjure the story they wish to tell. We demand Bravo and Andy Cohen turn away from these stereotypical narratives, and stop profiting from violence involving Black people.
Judging by recent reports of yet another massive brawl during taping for the upcoming season of Bravo’s Blood, Sweat, and Heels, it seems there’s no end in sight for Bravo’s reliance on dangerous stereotypes. During that fight, between Black castmates Geneva Thomas and Melyssa Ford, a bottle was reportedly smashed over Ford’s head, sending her to the hospital. Thomas has since been arrested. Under no circumstances should Bravo air this or any other fights involving Black people.
Stereotypical portrayals of Black people — as angry, belligerent, and violent — are dangerous, shaping negative perceptions in the minds of viewers that, when acted upon, can mean real life harm for Black communities; discriminatory hiring practices, less attention from doctors, and harsher treatment by law enforcement, just to name a few. Bravo and Andy Cohen must move beyond these harmful, one-dimensional portrayals.”
So what say you? Has Bravo and Cohen gone to far with all the black women on black women violence or does it all just a normal thing nowadays? Weigh in below with your thoughts.
h/t: madame noire