Royce Reed Recaps Basketball Wives Reunion: "Very Disturbing"
Royce Reed breaks down the petty behavior on the show this season.
Royce Reed posted a blog on VH1 about last night’s “Basketball Wives” finale and she kept it all the way honest. I was going to post my own recap, but based on Royce’s inside knowledge and the fact that she summed everything up really well, I don’t need to.
Royce described the episode as “very disturbing,” because she wasn’t a fan of the hypocrisy and fake friendships and she addressed her feelings toward each woman, from Evelyn blowing up Jen’s spot to Tami saying that their friendship was over. See below for her thoughts:
On Evelyn and Jen
I cringed as I watch the scenes between Evelyn and Jen. In all the interviews I’ve read from both sides I’ve NEVER read about Jen telling anyone’s secrets. Not Nia’s, not Evelyn’s. Sure, some of her statements can be taken the wrong way, but isn’t that what we signed up for when we decided to do a reality show? To have an opinion? To voice that opinion? I’m confused. It shocked me to see Evelyn air so many of Jen’s secrets. It almost seemed as if she got joy from not only airing it to the other ladies, but to the world. We didn’t need to know - especially from her former best friends - that her bank accounts were locked, her heat was turned off or who she slept with without a condom. I’m pretty sure if Jen had a tell-all book, many would move to that cave Uncle Phil was in before Hillary’s Playboy ad came out on the Fresh Prince…Just sayin’…Jen may be bougie, she may say a lot of ignorant ish at times (ie. country vs. bougie, or doing what the white people do) but an opinion not elaborated on is just that, an opinion. I’ve seen her keep the friend code and if there’s any key she still has, its not to Nia’s apartment, it's to her loyalty in keeping those secrets as a friend/former friend. It’s sad to see the friend code battered and butchered so horribly. So Evelyn, I hope you know that was “Ratchet!!!!!…..Ooooh she two-faced.” (Have you seen that video?) I must say it was a bit humorous to hear them arguing about what was being said over Twitter…sounds familiar…my, how the tables have turned. “Twitter Crazed”…Moving on…
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F*ck me? Our friendship may be over? WOW! REALLY? Because I told you it was wrong to call someone a Bitch repeatedly? Because I told you it was wrong to chastise, yell, and belittle someone? Because I told you I didn’t want you to come across as a bully and you were better than that???? If that’s the cause of our friendship ending then we were never really friends. How do you involve yourself in other people’s issues (i.e. Evelyn and Jen, and Kesha and Kenya) but then have the least to say concerning your own. I’ve stated many times the type of friends I have and what I expect from them. I may get upset, but they tell me the truth. Right, wrong, bitch, bougie. I’ve also stated, many times, I don’t have a lot of girl friends. THIS IS WHY! I was a REAL and TRUE friend to you, POINT BLANK, and you gave me your ass to kiss because of it. I don’t have time for the petty bullsh!t. I don’t have time to fight over hearsay. FYI and for future reference…Most “REAL FRIENDS” aren’t there when altercations happen because MOST REAL FRIENDS would stop it before it occurred. I have a mind of my own and I speak it. So question the minds of those who were around you and said nothing to your face but all behind your back…Question those who have meetings calling their friends a “Ghetto Hot Mess” and rather than GENUINELY trying the diffuse the fire they throw in the match and walk away like their hands are clean. Oh, and lets be clear…at no point did I EVER say Kesha was right in anything she said. I don’t take sides of people, I take sides of situations and in that situation your ass was wrong wrong and another wrong.
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You second what? Chile pls!
Wow are you going to basically force Jen to speak to Evelyn but you wouldn’t even film with me? That’s so hypocritical. My question is why didn’t you return my phone call when I reached out to you about the misunderstanding we had over a year ago that was then followed by false accusations and lies. Point is, we all have our issues and neither of us is perfect nor do we pretend to be. Please don’t act like you’re a saint and more people would respect you for that. Own up to your part then we can all sit down as women and hash it out. Hopefully after watching this episode, everyone in the cast sees how you truly view all of us…You drew the lines in the sand. It’s not really fair to be one of the executive producers and a cast member at the same time, is it? If you truly want to turn a new leaf, let’s be adults and sit down and talk. Let’s right our wrongs, let’s fix what’s broken, and let’s bond what’s been separated! Isn’t that what all of this was originally for? To form a sisterhood from our past hurts and pains. Sisters fight but they always have each others back. What happened? When did that get lost? I have no idea because right now I feel like I no longer have eyes behind my head, but more like knives in my back.
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Royce will return to VH1 to blog for season 5. I can’t wait to see how this goes down because those women aren’t fans of Royce anyway, and the fact that she has been reading them the whole season (even though it’s the truth), won’t go over too well. I like that Royce is honest but also admits that she isn’t perfect either, and I agree with every single point she made about each woman.
Shaunie is actually the most disappointing to me because she tries to hide behind being neutral and being the peacemaker, but she’s just as petty as everyone else. It has been said that there will be improvements for next season, but I don’t believe it. Sadly, people watch for the drama and these women realize this, that’s why they can never be friends. The show has been an extreme launch pad for many of these women to get other lucrative business deals, so why would they change their behavior if they see that it works?
What did you think about last night’s finale?