Opinion: Sure, Basketball Wives Is “Uplifting” … If You’re Joking

Opinion: Sure, Basketball Wives Is “Uplifting” … If You’re Joking

If women fighting on Basketball Wives sends a positive message, then we need to redefine what positive means.

Published July 6, 2011

In the world of reality television, it looks as if actual reality for some of the characters is as delusional as refering to some of the girlfriends, jump-offs, and wanna-be boos as “wives” on VH1’s hit show, Basketball Wives.


In a commentary to CNN, executive producer Shaunie O’Neal admits that she loves reality TV. What she doesn’t love, however, is that the new generation of shows “seems to be more about the drama and less about the storyline.”  Her problem, she says, is when Black women are portrayed as being a certain way and labeled differently than their non-Black counterparts for the same behavior.


Ironically enough, drama is exactly what Basketball Wives is all about. In fact, I’m not sure if the show would be as popular if there wasn’t the drama. First it was Tami being cautious around Royce and Suzie fighting with Evelyn, then Tami becoming “girls” with Royce and Evelyn calling Tami a “non-motherf-----g factor,” and then Suzie becoming friends with Evelyn and Evelyn throwing a glass at Royce.


My head hurts just thinking of all of the drama.


What’s even more ironic is that O’Neal ends her commentary by saying that she believes that some shows attempt to have a positive message despite the drama and that she’s “personally working with Shed Media and VH1 to make sure that Basketball Wives stands among them.”


Now hold on just one second. I will agree that she does a good job of showing multiple positive and negative aspects of being in a relationship with a basketball player. True, everything that glitters isn’t gold. However, I would not go as far as saying that Basketball Wives is an “uplifting” show.


When women who are having one-night stands on first dates, arguing at polo matches, throwing glasses and punches at another woman’s face and having t-shirts made that say, “You’re a Non-Motherf-----g Factor, B---h” on national television are deemed to offer a positive message, I think it’ll be time to redefine what “positive” means.

Written by Danielle Wright


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