Over the past week or two, a petition has begun circulating online that calls for a Boycott of VH1′s Basketball Wives Show as well as Evelyn Lozada’s spin off show with Ocho after some of the ladies’ behavior in the last few episodes. Even Star Jones took to her twitter and encouraged a boycott earlier this week while tweeting:
It may be “comfortable” to be quiet when women of color slap the crap out of each other & run across tables barefoot, but #ENOUGHisENOUGH.
And the thought that the woman from #BBW who was smacked doesn’t have the RIGHT to file assault charges is LUDICROUS! #ENOUGHisENOUGH
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. #ENOUGHisENOUGH
Shaunie O’Neal and Tami both sat down for interviews this week to respond to all of the hoopla and negativity surrounding this season. In an interview with Sister 2 sister magazine, Tami says that if anyone is to blame for their childish antics and how they are being portrayed on the show, it’s should be the producers of the show.
‘[...] Call out VH1 because I will join that battle. Why call for several people to be unemployed that really have nothing to do with the creative process?
“I come with my storyline and things that I want to introduce and low and behold what they want to show are those dramatic moments. There is more to us. I have thought about leaving, I would love to see a season 5 where VH1 and Shed Media are called out to show more positive things that we’re doing and show us how we are 90 percent of the time, instead of how we are 10 percent of the time. I would love to see the brand in and of itself go out on a more positive note. What they are seeing is a part of my personality. I’m not trying to take back my actions, but that’s not who I am all the time.
When asked about the recent fight involving Jennifer and Evelyn and her assistant Nia, Tami says that she doesn’t feel like it is her place to point fingers, however, she does think that Evelyn needs to change.
I can’t judge Evelyn [Lozada]. She has to work toward change. People don’t give us the benefit of the doubt or take that into consideration. Did Evelyn need to run over the table? Maybe not. Did Nia have to go over and slap Jennifer? Maybe not. I still don’t believe that warrants this big all-out movement against women who are really just showing our lives.
Meanwhile, in an interview with Hip Hollywood, Shaunie says that she doesn’t think that Evelyn’s behavior towards Jen this season could be considered bullying:
Sometimes It can be a bit of bullying going on because of the personalities being a lot stronger, you know like Evelyn’s personality is a lot stronger than Jen’s, so it does seem like its bullying but I don’t think Jen would think she’s bullied. I don’t think she would want to take that role of being bullied because I think she is strong in her own way. It’s just a different way of dealing with it.
People are like ‘Why do you let people say this and that?’ They are grown women but at the same time I will say, ‘You really need to bring that down like 17 notches like I don’t see why you need to come in at 50! You need to come in at like 13. Lets talk it out, let’s use our words’ , but it never ever works! Never works!
On shows that feature 4-5 different women and maybe even more, the cast comes into production a lot of times with an agenda of promoting themselves and figuring out how they can stand out so that they can get spin offs, book deals and so forth. The fact that Evelyn has a spin off proves that the most outrageous and nastiest behavior gets rewarded which isn’t really fair to the rest of the cast who isn’t showing their azz every week. I think it’s unfair to fully blame producers (they can take some of the blame) because at the end of the day, if those ladies weren’t acting a fool to begin with then they wouldn’t have the content to even show on TV.
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