Has violence across television reached a fever pitch this week?
With last Sunday’s explosive ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ reunion episode still on everyone’s mind, civil rights group ColorOfChange.org is speaking out against violence across Bravo shows.
Read their condemning statement inside…
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, ColorOfChange campaign director Arisha Hatch says the group has been in touch with NBC Universal about their concerns of violence across much of their black centered programs. The group would like to see Bravo enact anti-violence policies, similar to VH1, in which excessive physical confrontations will be banned. VH1 enacted those new policies after fighting between “Basketball Wives” castemates caused a frenzy in 2012.
Read ColorOfChange.org’s statement below:
From the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion to the second season of “Married to Medicine,” 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.
Are you fed up with the violence on TV or do you think it’s “just” for entertainment? How do you feel about the issue?