Tuesday, January 10, 2012
So today while driving to work, I heard a radio personality talk about the reality TV show "Love and Hip Hop." She was gabbing on and on about the fight that happened between Kimbella and Yandi on the latest episode(I may be wrong, I don't watch the show). So as I continued to listen, I heard her say something to the effect of, "I love the show. I love all the drama but yall need to chill out. Yall making black women look bad."
Not too bad right?
Ok so as I continue jamming in the car to the songs that were coming on, she came on again and said "I know what show needs to go off the air. T.I and Tiny. I mean who are they supposed to be? The Cosby's of the millenium? What does T.I look like giving parenting advice? From T.I and Tiiiiny? Right?"-What seems to be the problem here?
I vowed not to watch reality tv anymore. I found myself unnecessarily stressed from analyzing everything little thing. (Degree is in psychology. Don't judge me) One night, I was up alone and nothing was on tv. So I decided what the hey, why not watch this show "Love and Hip Hop?" BIG WRONG DECISION. In the ten seconds of previews, I saw someone's vagina and breasts out from being in a fight, a mom of a rapper who hates his girlfriend and was recording a song about how much she can't stand her, lots of women who were "closely associated" with rappers but who seemed to put forth more effort than the relationship was worth...like buying a ring and proposing to a man who clearly has no desire or intention to marry you...I could go on but I will stop there.
The first episode that I watched from the T.I and Tiny show I was laughing so hard. Almost in tears because it is such a family oriented show. The one line from T.I that is so memorable was "I don't know what I'm gon do about these boys and my daughta. The government took all my guns!" Such a father thing to say. But I've never seen them put their children in harms way or put their children anywhere but first on their priority list. I'm not saying their anything close to perfect but they are a black family doing well...
I am saying all of this to say, why not support black families being on tv and showing positive lifestyles. I felt a sense of relief come over me because it is so good to see a BLACK MAN taking care of his family. All this talk about 72% of black woman being single mothers and even more black men being dead beats...well you got a family on tv to show a different story. So why the heck would someone wish them off the air? Contra-damn-dictions...The world is full of them.