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Several Reality Tea readers are outraged today after spotting racially insensitive ads popping up around Atlanta this weekend. The ads feature The Real Housewives of Atlanta with “Black Wives Matter” as a tagline. The ads are plastered all around the ATL and, as you can imagine, people are disgusted.
Our readers who sent over several examples of the ads are wondering if Bravo could be behind such a crass rip-off of the “Black Lives Matter” movement. I want to believe that Bravo has no idea this is going on!
First, Bravo may do some truly tacky and outrageous things at times, but being racially insensitive in such an offensive way doesn’t seem plausible. Second, while Bravo hasn’t bothered to update the Real Housewives of Atlanta cast photos in three seasons, this particular photo includes Porsha Williams. Porsha is no longer a full time Housewife and was photoshopped out of this year’s cast photo and Claudia Jordan was pasted in. And this “ad” photo also includes Demetria McKinney, who is also not a full time cast member. So it looks like an “outside” job and most likely not Bravo’s doing.
A few of our readers were so angered by the ads that they tore them down (after grabbing pics to send over). I can say that I don’t blame them. I truly hope that Bravo is clueless and finds out who is behind this gross campaign.
Posters were seen at two different malls and a few others were spotted on busy corners. Here are the places our readers claim to have seen the ads/posters. “I saw this poster on my lunch break today at the spa on the corner of Piedmont/10th in Midtown …” And others claim to have seen them today at Lenox Square Mall on a wall. And someone else saw them at North Point Mall.
UPDATE: Bravo spokesperson confirmed, “These posters were not created by or in any way affiliated with Bravo. ”
TELL US – DO YOU BELIEVE BRAVO WOULD DO SOMETHING SO STUPID? HAVE YOU SEEN THESE POSTERS UP AROUND YOUR AREA?
This one above is a little odd – it’s see-through on the brick wall. I’ve reached out to ask the reader about this one. She replied “I don’t get it either! Its on the wall if you go look at it. No clue. It looked real to me.“
Photos by Reality Tea Readers in ATL