Star Jones may be controversial, she may be loud, and she may be annoying (sometimes, at least), but she’s intelligent…you have to give her that! After watching the season of Basketball Wives thus far, the celebrity lawyer had some choice tweets for the show, and she was met with a great deal of opposition from her fans. Seriously? Again, who thinks acting like a fool and smacking someone is a-okay? Did I miss that class in high school…because that is how old the BBW “ladies” act.
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Acting under the hash tag #ENOUGHisENOUGH, Star launched a twitter campaign to end the violence on these reality shows, especially those, like BBW, that showcase black women. Her tweets, which I think are spot on, follow:
Star continues, writing, “And the thought that the woman from #BBW who was smacked doesn’t have the RIGHT to file assault charges is LUDICROUS! You NEVER give up your right not to have your ‘person’ intentionally assaulted unless you are participating in an agreed physical activity.”
She goes on to rally other women to her cause, pleading, “I’m asking all my high profile, platform having conscientious sisters who STAND FOR SOMETHING to just say #ENOUGHisENOUGH & call folk out! 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.”
I never NEVER thought I’d say this, but amen, Star. AMEN. I also love that Star is standing up for Jenn Williams who is biffles with her ex-husband Al Reynolds—that, to me, says a lot.
Star isn’t the only person who is turning on the show as it becomes more of a boxing debacle. Many fans have voiced their disdain for the women’s actions. Of course, leave it to Tami Roman to come out swinging and deflect any blame off the mean girls. Blame the producers, y’all!
In an interview with Sister2Sister, Tami explains, “I think that the opposition to call for the show to be cancelled will end the employment of several African-American women who have no creative control. Why not call out the people who make the decisions about what is aired. Call out Shed Media. 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?” Creative process or WWF training program?
As always, Tami attributes editing for the drama the viewers see, although she takes more blame than I expected. I sort of actually believe her. She claims that there are many empowering scenes which show the women uplifting each other and their communities that never make the final cut.
She reminds her fans, “I come with my storyline and things that I want to introduce and lo and behold what they want to show are those dramatic moments. There is more to us.”
It’s gotten so bad that Tami herself has thought about throwing in the towel. She states that the show isn’t what she had hoped it would be this season, and the drama is drowning out everything else.
Tami said the direction the series has taken is so far from what she expected, she has thought about calling it quits.
“I have thought about leaving,” Tami reveals. “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.”
I do have to give Tami props (that was hard to type, for sure!) for owning up to her bad behavior on the series. She asserts, “What [the viewers] 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.”
Tami even addresses her one-woman brawl with season three punching bag Meeka Claxton. She admits, “I wasn’t happy with the situation with Meeka and myself. We might not ever like each other, but it didn’t have to come to that. That made me ask, ‘Tami, why are you so mean to people?’ After facing her personal demons, Tami adds, “I chose to deal with them this season.”
While Tami has steered clear of any violence this season, she isn’t judging her friends and co-stars who have, to put it mildly, lost their cool. She hopes that fans of the show will remember the back stories and the women’s histories while watching the madness.
“We show our flaws. We learn and develop as individuals. I can’t judge Evelyn [Lozada]. She has to work toward change,” Tami opines. “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 [Crooks] have to go over and slap Jennifer [Williams]? Maybe not. I still don’t believe that warrants this big all-out movement against women who are really just showing our lives.” Are you listening Star? I think Tami may be talking to you!
DO YOU THINK STAR JONES SHOULD VOICE HER OPINION? COMMENTS ON TAMI’S REACTION? WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE A LESS DRAMATIC BASKETBALL WIVES OR DO YOU TUNE IN FOR THE DRAMA?