Mimi Faust: Do Black Women Accept Cheating More?
'Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta' series makes us wonder about black womens' reactions to infidelity
In an opinion piece written on our partner site Uptown Magazine, writer Danielle Kay explores the topic of black women and cheating.
After watching the first few episodes of 'Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta,' Kay saw how the wife of producer Stevie J, Mimi Faust, seemed to be ok with his cheating ways with fellow cast member Joseline Hernandez.
She then looked at other examples of cheating in the celebrity world and wondered: if Mimi was white, would she have stayed around?
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Here's an excerpt from her piece asking if black women accept cheating more.
Tiger Woods‘ ex-wife arguably knocked the talent out of him with his own golf club when his cheating jumped the realm of ridiculous. Kobe Bryant‘s wife was ready to leave with half his earnings. In both cases, their men ate humble pie and were publicly remorseful. Fast forward to the premiere of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, where Mimi Faust kowtowed to her philandering husband Stevie J, who “can charm a guinea pig.” All of Jersey could hear my audible scream at my television screen: “No. He. Didn’t. That. Is. Plain. Disrespectful!”
With all the strength attributed to Black women, why do we accept poor treatment? Why do we give passes for unacceptable treatment and expect less of Black men than other women do? There is a correlation between what we allow and what is expected. My theory is that men and women who date interracially hold themselves to a different set of standards. Why? They expect cultural differences, biases, and in some cases prejudice. A man who chooses to date interracially understands that he has to pursue and commit to his woman in the face of potential opposition. There will be competition from other men who may be more financially, intellectually, and culturally fit for her.
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