Has Fighting On Reality Television Gone Too Far?
The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ fight garnered its' highest ratings to date
If you’re one of the many viewers who tune in every Sunday to watch NeNe Leakes and the gang on ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta,’ then you saw the massive blowout that went down on the February 9th episode. With the exception of a little quarreling and bickering from time to time, there has never been a major all-out fight on the show until now. By no surprise, and sad to report, the brawl garnered the show’s highest ratings to date, with 4.6 million viewers tuned in; 2.6 million of those viewers were in the popular 18-49-year old demographic.
With the return of ‘Basketball Wives LA’ tonight and all of the backlash that executive producer Shaunie O’Neal received for the countless fights that occurred on that franchise, it makes you wonder whether these reality shows purposely exploit their cast members for record ratings. Well not according to RHOA star Cynthia Bailey who said, “Unfortunately, the whole fighting thing is something we don’t normally do. I don’t think that’s why people watch us, but at the same time I guess that’s why so many people tuned in,” she explained. “As a part of the cast, I personally don’t celebrate it just in terms of the content. So, yay, we got good ratings–but I don’t really feel good about it happened.” Kandi Burruss also took to Twitter after the fight stating that she regrets the whole thing.
Portraying Black women [and men] to be classless, catty, quarrelsome individuals has impacted our society tremendously. We can only hope this is not a means to generate ratings.