I’ve always wondered what keeps me glued to the television when shows like Love & Hip Hop come on. To be honest, the fights make me cringe, the bullying makes my blood boil, the men who dog the ladies out make me roll my eyes…all in all, my blood pressure shoots up. So, whyyyy do I put myself through it? I’ve figured it out and it’s for a couple of reasons. The first reason being, it’s comforting to see how I DON’T want to live. Did that make sense? Let me break it down a little bit. When I see the women fighting, I know I don’t want that to be me. When I see the women dealing with these men who are no good, I see what I want to avoid. When I see these grown folks unable to speak articulately, it makes me read a book (lol). The other reason, is simple…it’s entertaining. Maybe that makes me a hypocrite because the very reasons that make me hate the show, are the same reasons that also keep me watching.
One thing I know for sure, reality television should not be a representation of an entire community! I see the same ratchet behavior when I watch The Real Housewives of Orange County and Beverly Hills. There are lessons to be learned by some of the stuff we see, but overall…it’s just TV!