It took 4 seasons, but it appears folks are absolutely fed-up with the name-calling, hair-pulling, glass-throwing and fighting constantly on display on VH1’s “Basketball Wives.”
Star Jones, a former co-host of ‘The View’ and one of the most drama prone celebrities on reality television, is protesting the over-the-top antics of the show, and has taken to Twitter to rally support.
“It may be ‘comfortable’ to be quiet when women of color slap the crap out of each other & run across tables barefoot, but #ENOUGHisENOUGH,” Star tweeted. “About to put together a group of sisters to finally ‘tell the truth’ about the image of women of color in the media.”
Jones was particularly outraged after ‘Basketball Wives’ Jennifer Williams was slapped in the face on last week’s episode, then criticized by some of her co-stars and others for taking the issue to court.
“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,” wrote Jones.
Star said her motivation for blasting “Basketball Wives” wasn’t to put anybody out of work. She just thinks young black girls need better examples.
“…little black girls deserve more than what we’re giving! It sickens me @lov3lylina85 when young sis think that behavior is acceptable. U can’t get a REAL JOB acting like an animal,” said Star.
Meantime, Star’s girl friend, Sherri Shepherd, has already spoken out against the show several times, and Star wants more women to take a stand.
“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.”
In the past, Jones voiced her opinion about the portrayal of black women on reality TV shows, from potty mouths and gold digging to fighting and scratching.
An online petition to boycott ‘Basketball Wives’ Evelyn Lozada spinoff show is now circulating. Here is an excerpt:
“Evelyn Lozada is a bully. The violence on ‘Basketball Wives’ is horrible and disgraceful. This is not a hate petition against Eveyln Lozada. We simply will not support violence. It hurts to see violence amongst women on television for entertainment purposes. It is not OK for women to hit each other on TV.
Just about every altercation and argument on the show has involved Evelyn in some way, shape or form. From the yelling match on the Season 4 premiere against her former bestie, Jen, to the table climbing and hair pulling in the last couple of episodes, the woman has a problem…”
The petition also asks viewers to call and write Viacom (parent company of VH1) in order to stop the release of “Ev & Ocho,” Evelyn’s spinoff show with fiance Chad Ochocinco.