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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Reality or Entertainment: Has reality TV gone too far??


In light of the new season of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, I felt compelled to say a few words. I am all for good entertainment, but has reality TV gone too far? Drama seems to be the common donominator between all of these reality shows, which a little drama never hurt anybody, or does it?

We are living in a generation that is controlled by social media & reality TV, some people(like me) tune in for the entertainment value, not really taking much from it. However on the other hand there is a generation of young black women that look at these shows as real life. Is there a thin line between reality and entertainment?

Shows such as Basketball wives LA show just how ratchet reality TV can get. I do not believe in anyway that it is ok for people to get to a point with each other were they feel the need to put hands on, but now a days if there is no fist throwing there are no ratings. It's sad that this is the way that is it, but who can blame the ratings when it's us that keep it going. While shows like Lala's full court life get little  trending play they still manage to stay on the air showing that some people still like life drama free.

There is no way to completely escape the drama of the world! Season after season these shows get more and more degrading for African American women, yet we still tune in. Why? Does this mean we have to reprogram ourselves to take in less drama and find more productive things to do with our lives. When was the last time you picked up a good book and fed your mind? However I am sure you can tell me what the last episode of Love & Hip Hop was about. Don't get me wrong I am just as guilty for entertaining the very thing I am questioning in this post. But even I question whether or not to continue tuning in from week to week.

Has reality TV went too far? Have you ever considered tuning out? Let me know your thoughts?

~By Tiana


  1. As a woman of colour living in the UK, I am saddened by how reality tv depicts African Americans. As an extension it does not reflect well on all of us. We put up with so much ignorance on who we are already, these shows only make it worse. But if African American women do not speak up, it will only continue. Well done for your honesty and integrity.

    1. I agree, our depiction i n the media is unfairly unbalanced. The negative representation often mean that we/others begin to see ourselves in degrading ways. It's a huge part of the reason why I created Faces of Black Fashion. We need outlets that reflect us in a positive light.

    2. That is exactly why I wrote the post. Reality TV is not what it used to be and it's an added fuel to a fire that is burning strong.


Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts :)