Commentary: Why No One Should Be Surprised About Yung Berg

Yung Berg

Commentary: Why No One Should Be Surprised About Yung Berg

Mona Scott could make this a teachable moment.

Published November 12, 2014

If the word b***h and fists are being thrown around, then it must be Monday night at VH1 and another Mona Scott production. For the past couple of years, anyone wanting to work out some not-so-latent aggression can tune into one of Scott’s very popular reality shows and watch Black women hate themselves, hate each other and claim to hate the men that they sleep with in dizzying rotation. Because that’s not enough fun for a weeknight, you can also watch the male cast members disrespect, lie to and manipulate the women, all to a neck-rolling, weave-flinging response.

Over at the Love & Hip Hop and Basketball Wives franchises, it appears that there is no line to cross from good TV to good taste. And thanks to social media, we can follow the hijinks of castmates even when the show is off the air. So it likely came as a huge shock to Yung Berg when his behavior managed to get him fired. If he thought he was operating in an environment where anything goes — including violence against women (Benzino, we didn’t forget you bragged on-air about hitting Joseline) — Berg is likely scratching his head wondering, What did I do wrong? 

Here’s what he allegedly did wrong: Hours after taping the reunion show, he and rumored girlfriend/castmate Masika Tucker went to eat dinner. The credit card he wanted to use to pay for the meal was declined. So he left the restaurant, leaving Masika to pay the bill. Back at the hotel, she told him she didn’t appreciate that and he lost it. According to her statement to the police, he “grabbed her by the neck, threw her onto the ground, dragged her by her hair and punched her in the face.” She also said she had cuts or bruises on her face and chest.

Within hours, VH1 had released a statement on their website that said, “Based on the severity of the allegations against Yung Berg, VH1 is terminating its relationship with him in connection with ‘Love & Hip Hop Hollywood,’ effective immediately.”

So far, Mona Scott has been quiet on the affair. It would be interesting for Scott — who has made much of her fortune off of telling the “real” stories of Black women —  to address domestic abuse, a very real, very sad reality of so many Black women’s lives. Perhaps she felt she was speaking up by firing Berg. And it’s true, getting rid of one of your most fool-acting, ratings-attracting cast members is a positive statement if that cast member think it’s OK to assault women. But what could be more positive than Scott deciding that the Yung Berg incident should be the catalyst to stop rewarding, provoking and cashing checks off of the violence that defines most of her shows? Let something good — and long-term — come out of the heinous behavior we have come to expect on these negative realities that now make for normal TV.

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Written by Ayana Byrd


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