*It’s a pretty safe bet for us to assume that a great number amongst our readership are fans of “Basketball Wives.”
The reality television series, starring and executive produced by Shaunie O’Neal, is full of intrigue, suspicion and down and dirty scrappin’.
The show’s ratings might lead one to believe that the public doesn’t care if a bunch of women of color act out one degrading stereotype after another for all the world to see, but one might be wrong. The show’s head mistress appears to be feeling the heat caused by all the ghetto behavior that her show has become synonymous with. Though she has managed to remain above the physical fray, O’Neal’s reps recently hit us off with a press release explaining her position on the matter.
“I’m extremely happy that Basketball Wives continues to have another successful fourth season. As the ratings have been through the roof since our season opener, fans continue to tune into the lives of Evelyn, Tami, Jennifer, Royce, Suzie and myself. As there is always controversy and indifference projected on the show, because we are all individual personalities, I always hope that people will find that as much as you may agree or disagree with the opinions, the behavior, [and] even our different taste in shoes, you are taking a look inside the lives of four complete different women. I will never say I agree with some of the behavior between my girlfriends on the show, but if we were to edit certain things out the show would be scripted and not reality,” said O’Neal via the release.
“As a woman of color with kids, I am very aware of myself, but I also have to be aware that my choices cannot be the same for everyone on the show and I have to respect that. I hope the fans feel they see a balance and know we have always been real with our stories, even though it may not always be a positive portrayal of adult women but real women nonetheless. I look forward to developing other media platforms in the future and hope that fans will continue to support.”
Though, we must admit, Ms. O’Neal has managed to keep her proverbial hands clean when it comes to all the in-fighting and backstabbing, we would be remiss if we didn’t point out the fact that she benefits nonetheless by way of being the executive producer of a popular show on VH1. Hmmm … can’t have it both ways Shaunie O’Neal. Either you’re down for the behavior of the women on the show, or you’re not.
In the meantime, if you’re still down, then tune in to “Basketball Wives” every Tuesday at 7pm eastern on VH1 for your weekly dose.