Tanya Young was an original member of Vh1’s “Basketball Wives LA” and says it was pure hell!
In the last few days, we have seen protests, petitions and complaints that the Basketball Wives franchise encourages poor esteem and horrid reflections to be cast on Black women. Now comes word that working on the show was horrible.
We posted this letter in response to the poor behavior we saw in Evelyn Lozada: An Open Letter To A “Basketball Wife” Who Has Not Changed!- Revisited
Tanya Young, a member of “The Basketball Wives LA”, told The Daily Beast that old emotions were awakened when she received the latest petition boycotting the show.
She said, “My knowledge of the inner workings of Basketball Wives stems from my role as one, in the inaugural season of Basketball Wives LA. Though I was cautioned against participating in the series, my intention was to change the perception that wives of basketball players are flighty, overly emotional, and senselessly dramatic. I wanted to show interesting aspects of my life and also bring attention to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, for which I am a celebrity spokesperson. But as the proverb goes, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” And working on Basketball Wives was sheer hell.”
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She wanted to be clear that theshow was not airing just to portray the lives of basketball wives.
Tanya explains,”Within weeks of taping Basketball Wives LA, there was a horrific fight between two cast members while we dined at a swanky Santa Monica restaurant. They argued and eventually fought over who was a “rat” versus a “hoodrat,” who was sleeping with a married man, who was the real bitch, who was fat, and whose teeth were “jacked up.” It was a surreal moment. I was paralyzed by shock and anger. I sat motionless as the women fought over my head and producers worked to break up the melee. However, the cameramen never lost sight of their target: the fight. They captured every moment, from every angle. The footage was the guarantee the producers needed to bait their audience during teasers for the premiere of Basketball Wives LA. As the women pulled out pieces of weave, called each other names, tore each other’s clothing, and struck each other in the face, the producers struck ratings gold—and they knew it.”
You can read the rest of her least favorite minutes and behind the scenes details by visiting the dailybeast.com.
Make sure to read another basketball wife’s complaints about the show in Grammy Winner Tamia:Basketball Wives Paints “Bad look”
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