Time and time again, I wonder why anyone (straight up fame whores aside) would choose to invite the drama that is reality TV into their lives. Especially people that seem to already have a lot going for them. Perhaps the appeal of hair pulling, table tossing, and insult slinging just escapes me???
For example, the Style Network bios for Sharlinda Parker and Kahdijiha Rowe are quite impressive, and I can't help but to wonder why reality TV!? Sharlinda is a celebrity manicurist and the co-owner of Tu La Nail Salon, which she runs with sister Brie Rowe. She's also married to recording artist Q. Parker. Kahdijiha is a marketing executive and considered a "jet-setter" in Atlanta's social scene.
When asked why she chose to play the reality tv game, Sharlinda said, "To become a household name, build your business, have fun with it, everyone knows you, that's the benefit of being on a reality show." Okay. Fine. I can understand the business benefits. But, when you then come into contact with people like you know who, I have to go back to thinking they're all crazy.
In a recent interview, Sharlinda and Kahdijiha went on to dish about Big Rich Atlanta vs. Real Housewives of Atlanta and the need for drama on reality TV.
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When faced with the decision to join the cast of Real Housewives of Atlanta, an established hit on Bravo, or take a chance with Big Rich Atlanta, a new show on Style Network, Sharlinda surprisingly chose Big Rich Atlanta.
"The reason I did not join the Housewives and I decided to do the mother/daughter show Big Rich Atlanta, was because it was something new – being on TV with my sister and my daughter," Sharlinda shared. "The Housewives, I already knew what I was going into, it was already into its fourth and fifth season, I just knew what I was going up against, going into drama that was [already] there. I already had bullets in my chamber."
Without a doubt, neither mom nor daughter could have anticipated the nasty fight that went down between Kahdijiha and Ashlee Wilson-Hawn while filming Big Rich Atlanta. Despite the fact that Kahdijiha is facing criminal charges as a result of the altercation, who started it and who is at fault continues to be a hot topic among the stars' Twitter followers.
Sharlinda has defended Kahdijiha's actions from day one. "Kahdijiha was provoked," Sharlinda said. "You can’t put your hands on anyone, everyone has freedom of speech. You can say what you’d like to say, [but] you can’t touch anybody. I teach my daughter and my son to always protect yourself. If you get backed up into a corner and you need to defend yourself, by all means, defend yourself.”
Some argue that, as an Atlanta socialite, Kahdijiha should be more concerned about her image and/or the example she's setting on TV. Sharlinda and Kahdijiha both disagreed.
“At the end of the day, I will say that we are humans first. And just because it’s displayed on TV doesn’t make that any different," Kahdijiha said. "At the end of the day, we’re real people. I truly believe that when put into certain situations sometimes people don’t always react the way you think they should, regardless if that was the appropriate thing to do. I stand by what happened. People get into fights all the time.”
Ashlee has claimed (to everyone and anyone who can stand to talk to her) that the drama on Big Rich Atlanta is fake. "Drama sells," Kahdijiha said. "[But] that doesn't mean we fabricate the drama. If we didn't have drama, you would not watch."
Kahdijiha added. “I’d like to know a show that you know with no drama that’s doing well?”
TELL US – WERE KAHDIJIHA'S ACTIONS JUSTIFIED? SHOULD SHE BE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT HER IMAGE?
CAN YOU NAME ANY (CANDID TYPE) REALITY SHOWS THAT ARE DRAMA FREE AND HITS? PERSONALLY, I THINK THE DRAMA ON HOLLYWOOD EXES WAS FAIRLY TAME. ARE THERE MORE?
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