An activist group is taking the BRAVO network to task for profiting from reality shows that oftem show Black women physically fighting and carrying ont. More inside...
Lately, BRAVO's lineup of reality shows ("RHOA", "Blood, Sweat & Heels", "The New Atlanta" and "Married to Medicine") has rivaled VH1 when it comes down to tv brawls and negative depictions of Black women. In light of the negative press generated by the glass shattering fight between Geneva Thomas and Melyssa Ford a few weeks ago, ColorOfChange.org Managing Director of Campaigns, Arisha Hatch, released the following statement:
“Violence involving Black cast members has become a reliable ratings boost for Bravo. Prior to last season's reunion show altercation, major brawls on shows like The New Atlanta and Married to Medicine were aired with much fanfare, hyped up as must-see television events.
“Bravo is not at the mercy of the behavior of the casts of its shows. Reality TV producers routinely utilize staged, hostile environments and specific editing strategies to conjure the story they wish to tell. We demand Bravo and Andy Cohen turn away from these stereotypical narratives, and stop profiting from violence involving Black people.
“Judging by recent reports of yet another massive brawl during taping for the upcoming season of Bravo’s Blood, Sweat, and Heels, it seems there’s no end in sight for Bravo’s reliance on dangerous stereotypes. During that fight, between Black castmates Geneva Thomas and Melyssa Ford, a bottle was reportedly smashed over Ford’s head, sending her to the hospital. Thomas has since been arrested. Under no circumstances should Bravo air this or any other fights involving Black people.
“Stereotypical portrayals of Black people -- as angry, belligerent, and violent -- are dangerous, shaping negative perceptions in the minds of viewers that, when acted upon, can mean real life harm for Black communities; discriminatory hiring practices, less attention from doctors, and harsher treatment by law enforcement, just to name a few. Bravo and Andy Cohen must move beyond these harmful, one-dimensional portrayals.”
ColorOfChange says they are demanding Bravo to no longer profit from black violence. What do you think? It is BRAVO's responsibility to police the images of Black women on the network?
Photos via Geneva's IG/Melyssa's IG