The Basketball Wives Franchise as of late is really taking a hit.
Last week I posted a story about a former L.A.. wife saying it was hell. You can read that in:Ex “Basketball Wives” Cast Member Tanya Young Says: “Being On Show Was Pure Hell !” and Tami Roman: “I Acted A Pure Fool”
There is a petition to end the show. Advertisers are reportedly abandoning the time slot and Star Jones called for a boycott last month after the episode aired where Jennifer Williams was slapped and later pressed charges. Jones spoke out on Twitter with hashtag #ENOUGHisENOUGH. Ratings have dropped from 2 million viewers to 1.7million That is a 12% drop..OUCH!
I have even had my moments with the show. You can read my open letter to Evelyn Lozada here: An Open Letter To A “Basketball Wife” Who Has Not Changed!- Revisited. Reality tv has changed the landscape. You would have to be under a rock not to have noticed that more than half of television programming is “reality tv”.
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Last night VH1 showed the reunion show with security being provided to Jennifer. Two gentlemen escorted her on stage with badges on. There was a little twist to the storyline too! Jenn and Evelyn both took polygraph tests. Next week we will find out the results. This is all to stay that the proverbial stuff hitting fan is definitely going on. Now comes word of an open letter pleading with Shaunie to leave The Basketball Wives.
Read the below from Clutch Magazine:
I’ve been a fan of Shaunie O’Neal for a long time. Since her early career days as an entertainment analyst for Insider and Access Hollywood, I’ve respected her business acumen and drive to be seen as something other than a “Basketball Wife.”
Which is why it’s time for her to get the hell out of dodge and drop the show with her reputation intact.
don’t say this because of the typical criticisms you may hear concerning the show, such as it “portrays women of color in a bad light.” Personally, as I’ve said in a previous article on Clutch, these women don’t represent me, they represent themselves, and I refuse to stake ownership in their actions.
It’s time for Shaunie to leave because she’s obviously ready to leave.
Just like that bad marriage that you hold on to for dear life, anytime you have to consult your pastor to determine if you should leave or stay, you already know that answer.
“How long will they go on like this? How many times do the women, cuss, fuss and get mad,” asked Bishop Ulmer of Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, California. “Do you resolve this frustration when you see these women clawing at each other? Is it worth you walking away from?”
“I have really strongly considered walking away. Do I walk away and love the ladies from the distance,” Shaunie responded. “I feel like there’s nothing else that I can do. At this point I can no longer defend it; I can no longer stand by it.”
It is an interesting letter. You can read it by going to Clutch.com. Come back and tell us what you think. Ratings declining and sponsors leaving a show is NEVER a good thing.
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