Color Of Change Calls For A Stop To Violence On Black Reality TV

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta Reunion special that aired last Sunday is still causing tons of back lash. Yes people are still reeling over the wig pull heard around the world between Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore. The latest comes from an activist group called Color of Change who put out a statement calling out Bravo and Andy Cohen for airing such violence involving black women. The organization is calling for “no excessive confrontations policy.” Now if you recall this the same policy used for Basketball Wives Miami.

The physical violence displayed during Bravo’s Sunday primetime lineup was deeply alarming. 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.

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.

So far no response has been given by Andy, Bravo or NBC. What do you think about this? Do you agree or disagree?