One long-standing cultural narrative, often fueled by reality TV, is the “angry Black woman” caricature. This trope has persisted, from shows in the early and mid-aughts such as “Flavor of Love” and “Love & Hip Hop” to “The Bachelorette.”
“Black women are the most misunderstood beings in American society,” said Eboni K. Williams of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New York.” “And I think reality TV, for better or for worse, can be a great opportunity to inform what that looks like.”
In interviews with more than a dozen Black women who have starred in some of the most famous reality shows, as well as producers, network executives and casting directors, almost none say they regret opening up their lives to millions of viewers.
To be silent is to be complicit. Black lives matter. We have a platform, and we have a duty to our Black members, employees, creators and talent to speak up.
If you’re unbothered or mildly bothered by the 1st knee, but outraged by the 2nd, then, in my father’s words, you’re “more devoted to order than to justice.” And more passionate about an anthem that supposedly symbolizes freedom than you are about a Black man’s freedom to live.