As VH1’s ‘Love & Hip Hop‘ empire soars on a numbers front, its TV series ‘Basketball Wives’ finds itself skating on dangerously thin ice this season.
That’s what bullies do! Evelyn knows how to pick her victims. She might say little slick ish about OG, but she won’t step to her! That’s the same reason why she apologized to Jen’s friend last week. She knew Dominque would’ve whipped her ass! #BBWLA #basketballwivesArray
— SHADEdra Sparks (Fun Bravo shade 😎) (@SHADEdra_Sparks) August 1, 2019
Find out why the show’s ratings have reached new lows below…
After this season I will NO LONGER watch ANOTHER season of #BasketballWives the colorism really JUMPED OUT this season. Not 2 mention the hyprocity, the fakeness, the phoniness, the scardy cats & double standards. pic.twitter.com/W4vwek3jhD
— IRREGULARmisfit (@sheAweirdotho) August 1, 2019
The demise of the show’s LA franchise saw members of its cast merge with the ladies of its Miami arm to build a new version of the show which is now set in Los Angeles.
Unfortunately, the merger has done little for VH1 on a ratings front thanks to a series of bullying scandals it has faced since it took place.
The first? Rooted in claims that members of the Miami cast bullied and harassed LA native Brandi Maxielle and were to blame for her departure for the series.
The latest? Their treatment of the Nigerian athlete Ogum “OG” Chijindu…a fan favourite.
#BasketballWives Evelyn and Malaysia can act an ass with Shaunie consigning & not be held accountable with how they handle things but OG is so out of pocket? I really think it’s because she’s not their definition of “beauty” so it’s easier for them to give her a harder time
— Kristy (@LuVinME1sT22) August 1, 2019
Past seasons of the show have seen it pick up 1 million viewers an episode but this season, as a result of Tami Roman’s departure as a full-time cast mate and the weekly abuse Ogum is receiving, this season has delivered the worst ratings it has ever seen.
Fuelling its decline?
Videos like the one below….
…and tweets like these…
I really hate that they’re trying to paint this aggressive picture of OG. She’s problematic to the group , cus she can handle her own? Where was all this when Ev was throwing drinks , climbing on tables , & threatening ppl? These bitches really kill me! 🙄 #BasketballWives pic.twitter.com/y5iJ5McdS4
— I’m petty , but not 50 Cent petty. (@UhLeeYah_17) August 1, 2019
They really tryna paint OG as this aggressive ass woman. I wonder why 🙄🧐 #BasketballWives
— Welcome To the Vibrary (@JennnessyJ) August 2, 2019
This show feels real 2012 right about now. These women make me wanna stop watching again cause I don’t wanna support the bullshit. OG doesn’t deserve this bullshit. #BBWLA #BasketballWives pic.twitter.com/ES0etp6tg1
— Always Right (@UppityInsomniac) August 1, 2019
— Aminkeng Nze (@AminkengNze) August 1, 2019
You all have to peep Colorism. Evelyn been acting a like a pure rat for years. Fighting and throwing bottles. OG says something and she’s the one aggressive? So she should shut up and deal? #ColoristOneal #BasketballWives
— Jade (@Jade61891291) August 1, 2019
The third episode of this current season picked up only 700,000 viewers….less than a million (and in some cases 2 million) viewers that tune in to an average episode of ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’.
I feel for OG on this show. She isn't a traditional Western beauty & bc of that, people both treat her any old kinda way AND get in her ass when she defends herself. She cannot win. #BasketballWives #BBWLA pic.twitter.com/npLogYyKP1
— Always Right (@UppityInsomniac) August 1, 2019
Was it wrong when Evelyn was handing out copies of Jackie's daughter's book?? If it wasn't wrong for Ev then it's not wrong for OG 🤷
— Nicole Angelique (@nikkinicole_82) August 2, 2019
the colorism on this season of basketball wives 😤 i wanna fight for OG so baddd
— kb (@OreEliza) August 7, 2019
Glad people are finally discussing the colorism that takes place on Basketball Wives. 1st Royce then Meeka, next Malaysia and Brandy and now OG. You've reached the end of your line. Ogom is Nigerian. WE will support her #basketballwives
— Genevieve (@Genners1) August 7, 2019
ALSO y’all keep forgetting that OG is Nigerian. They are quick witted as fuck. 😂 her rebuttals kill me 🤣 #BasketballWives
— Raven (@raethebuilder) August 7, 2019
Aggression likened to “Gorilla” “Tasmanian Devil” “Godzilla” my God I hope OG beats y’all ass. . . #basketballwives
— Books and ‘Beautiful Gowns’ (@AmbreLynae) August 6, 2019
Now OG might have some aggression in her, but I believe wholeheartedly that this show is constantly framing and producing the episodes to make her look bad. Nobody did this when Malaysia was throwing whole tables at folks. #basketballwives
— Peace out, Chicago! (@ChocolateDroppp) August 4, 2019
OG was pointing the double standard when it comes to her and everyone else… I’m team OG and Tami!! Feby can’t stand by her on words so why lie… Just like her wack song lie…LOL
— Shakriamar95 (@shakriamar95) August 4, 2019
I feel like #BasketballWives have a lot of colorism issues. @ShaunieONeal and @EvelynLozada use their skin tone as way to bully darker skin women. Each season they pick on and laugh at them for no reason, but in there eyes everything is a joke. #Cancelled
— kayjames (@kayjame53325490) August 6, 2019
Now that I’ve seen this week’s episode of #BasketballWives I seeeee why people are saying it’s colorism, the rules completely change when it’s OG, Evelyn climbed her creaky knees on a table to jump on Jen, Malaysia threw a whole table… pic.twitter.com/DWTePXwmoj
— Sojourner No Cap (@tkm_shereads) August 2, 2019
It’s a mess. A MESS. And the previews of the episodes later this season where @EvelynLozada is screaming at OG that her man would hit tells us everything about why she treats OG the way she does. Tons of anti blackness, tons of colorism. This ain’t the way.
— The Grapevine (@TheGrapevineTV) August 1, 2019
This is what a lot of people are saying about colorism. The light-skinned Latina can act crazy and throw things…and she’s “feisty.” The dark-skinned girl reacts to being disrespected and lied to…and she’s doing too much or being too violent. #basketballwives
— Tamara, Esq.👩🏾⚖️⚖️💼🏛👸🏾💋🍷 (@Inthemaking_6) August 1, 2019
Ditto. People on this page call OG ugly, dog, rat and I think it is colorism. They treated Meka the same way. Also now Jen is a target. OG you are non of those names. You are a gorgeous black queen. OG don't need all that makeup they put on her. Her melanin is enough. Peroidt
— Angela West (@deltadoll104) July 16, 2019