It’s only entertainment!
Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 17:09
Every Monday, VH1, Oxygen, and WE have a lineup of shows that I and other females tune into faithfully.
Our dedicated attention could be compared to Sunday Night Football for men. Judge us if you want, but we find reality shows very amusing.
“Love & Hip Hop” and “Basketball Wives” are for entertainment. They feed our curiosity about the lives of the women who date or are married to popular athletes, performing artists and superstars.
But some wonder if the women on these shows are positive role models to women and teenage girls.
Reality shows are nothing new; they date back to 1971 when the first American reality show, “An American Family,” debuted on PBS.
It was about the Loud family, who lived in California.
The show was ahead of its time, displaying the lives of parents Pat and Bill Loud, and their son Lance — a 20-year-old meth addict — who struggled with his homosexuality and his relationship with his father.
The purpose of a show like “An American Family,” is to entertain viewers.
Lance’s struggle affected viewers. He was not meant to be a role model. The show was an opportunity for the public to see what his life was like.
Similarly, the fights, foul language and parade of fashion we see on “Love & Hip Hop” adds fun and excitement to our ordinary lives.
This is not to take away from the likelihood that some women can compare their lives to Erica Dixon or Mimi Faust.
I am simply saying I do not look at them as wonderful examples of what I want to be as a woman.
I have my own identity, as all women do.
We make choices about our relationships, business opportunities and friendships according to what will work best for our own lives.
Women seek advice from other women. This is true.
In actuality, we would seek advice from our mothers, grandmothers, friends and aunts before we would run to a television screen when dealing with a personal conflict.
As students, we had one show we could relate to: “College Hill.” It had a short life span on television but was a great show.
At the same time, we all learned that those students were reckless and did not make wise decisions.
We gossip like “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” argue and fight like “The Bad Girls Club,” and counsel each other like “Mob Wives.”
We most definitely will make a toast on a girl’s night out like the “Basketball Wives.”
At the end of the day we are individuals who live different lives from the women we see on reality TV shows.
So, VH1, WE and Oxygen: continue to entertain us!
We just love the drama!