ColorOfChange, a Civil Rights organization that strengthens African Americans political voice, is tired of Bravo Tv’s portrayal of African American women. According to The Hollywood Reporter the civil rights organization was in outrage when two of the housewives had a physical altercation during the reunion. The reunion aired on Sunday.
The Housewives in question were Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams. Moore throwing a slew of verbal attacks and Williams throwing the first physical blow with a hair pull. ColorofChange released an official statement, highlighting that Bravo Tv has an integral part in exploiting the Black image for its own gain. The statement reads: “After weeks of promoting the RHOA reunion altercation, on Sunday executive producer Andy Cohen finally condemned the violent behavior of cast members — completely ignoring the staged hostile environment that provoked the altercation and the troubling pattern of violent, stereotypical portrayals of Black people across many of Bravo’s Black reality franchises,”
In a statement the Hollywood Reporter acquired, ColorofChange Campaign Director, Arisha Hatch gives her thoughts, “We’ve been in contact with NBCUniversal last week verbally and shared concerns in writing — specifically about this Real Housewives of Atlanta confrontation that was coming up.”
Rather than calling for cancellation, the civil rights organization is asking for a a “no excessive physical confrontations policy” to be implemented. The full statement is on the ColorofChange website. Here is a snippet from the statement, speaking to the overall lack of positive representations of Black women, “From the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion to the second season of Married to Medicine, the physical violence displayed during Bravo’s Sunday primetime lineup was deeply alarming…Research shows that dehumanizing portrayals of Black people on television lead to real world consequences for Black folks—influencing how we are treated by doctors, judges, teachers, and lawmakers. No matter how entertaining, this should be the last fight between Black women that Bravo profits from.”
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