The Real Housewives of Atlanta has set us back 23 years by displaying the “ratchetness” of rich folks, which is portraying black America in a negative light. They did not have to show the actual fight on Part 1 of the Season 6 Reunion.
The thing is, they show us what we want to see because we patronize them, but the bigger thing we should debate is: why are we looking at these people like they are your everyday Black American families, when in reality, they’re actors.
They are paid actors who are cast, coached, and then presented to us as our next-door neighbors. Think about it, has anyone ever come out and said, “yeah I lived next door to NeNe and Greg and they always seemed happy, I never gathered her to be a cheater. She was what I perceived to be a good housewife.” No, I’m talking about a neighbor from the neighborhood they are casting in. The houses are staged, NeNe didn’t have any dishes the first season, now she’s a “rich bitch”. They have casting calls, receive scripts, and hang out together just before filming to become acquainted with one another, then collect substantial paychecks. Sometimes people get recast.
The Real Housewives brand is basically Real World meets Family Matters or another one of your favorite shows. It’s no different from Scandal. They have written a story we love to follow; that makes us laugh, cry, mad; then we become great debaters and so forth– they give us what we want. It doesn’t make us look bad; Halle Berry portraying a crack head in Losing Isaiah was a work of art, Linnethia Leakes playing NeNe Leakes is a work of art. They are actors who deserve praise for the depths they have to reach to make you believe in their characters. So stop the debate now, because we fussed and complained about Jerry Springer 23 years ago when it first aired, because it was showing the “ratchetness” of the lower class, yet he was on air for 23 seasons. Now we get to see “rich ratchetness” and all its glory.
On another note, I’m predicting 50 cent’s song “Smoke” to be on the charts for approximately 15 consecutive weeks topping Blurred Lines, which is one of my favorite songs. When I heard “Blurred Lines” on the album I knew it was going to be a beast in the music industry. Now I feel that way about “Smoke” call and ask me why.