‘R&B Divas: LA‘ may continue to sizzle and soar for its parent network ‘TV One’ on a popularity front, but criticism dished up and served to its newest ‘Diva’ Stacy Francis may see it destined for trouble this year.
According to who?
Bad news below..
Perhaps most-known for a run-in with the late Whitney Houston days before her death, Francis joined the show’s latest season as a friend of cast mate Lil’ Mo.
Alas, the show’s fans have taken to social media to blast the singer’s antics on the series, accused of being one of many reasons cast mate Chrisette Michelle jumped ship mid-season and berated for “bullying” ‘Chante’s Got a Man’ chanteuse Chante Moore.
Now some fans have gone one step further and activated a petition they hope will lead to Francis’ removal from the hit series.
As a woman of color I am very hurt and annoyed about the depiction of Women of Color in the media. Our society, unfortunately, has declined into a state of moral turpitude. Our mainstream media is based upon the belittling and deformation of the African American people. The viewer must realize that to watch these negative images, without putting said images into its proper context, imbues the viewer with a negative worldview about Women of Color. When impressionable young people see these types of shows, they tend to emulate the celebrities in those shows; they want to live vicariously through such icons, hoping to relate, to find their identity.
This is problematic.
If the only example a young person has is that of a mean, selfish, and self absorbed person, what would become of that young impressionable child? If all the public consumers see this show as a representation of Women of Color as foolhardiness, ratchet, conniving, back stabbing and materialistic, would those same consumers ever see them positively? The African American community is hurting in more ways than one and we don’t need any more negativity. With that being said I petition TV One to do the right thing and remove Stacy Francis from this show immediately. Stacy Francis has done nothing on this show that represents anything in regards to the upliftment and empowerment of the African American community specifically Women of Color. The viewers have spoken and we will no longer part take in negative stereotypes and propaganda that is causing division and destruction amongst Women of Color in the media. We have a voice and our voice will be heard. We demand respect!!!!
The petition has already amassed 258 signatures since its arrival on Change.Org.