Star Jones has recently launched a campaign to take on the show “Basketball Wives.” For Star, the depiction of Black women on the hit show coupled with the violence and abuse needs to stop. Jones recently vented:
“It may be ‘comfortable’ to be quiet when women of color slap the crap out of each other & run across tables barefoot, but #ENOUGHisENOUGH.”
I congratulate Star on her bold and aggressive challenge to a fiasco that has become the new “Jerry Springer Show.” The idea of bringing together a bunch of Black women and encouraging them to bully one another, engage in shallow behavior, and throw punches on camera is the saddest embarrassment to Black women since BET’s “Uncut.”
It’s astonishing that women such as the ever-so-ignorant Evelyn Lozada have been propped up by mainstream media as role models for young girls. Similar to the boys who learn Black male manhood from Lil Wayne, these young women are ignoring their parents and learning Black womanhood from heroes, such as Lozada, Tami Roman, and the other brawlers who should probably come to work with brass knuckles.
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In fact, I’d like to lay out a few lessons that these young women are learning from their long-haired, thin-skinned professors:
1) No matter how rotten and eroded you are on the inside, you can always increase your self-worth through the possession of material objects: The images of Evelyn rolling up in a Range Rover, wearing expensive shoes, and packing a $2,000 weave leave an impact on any girl trying to get the attention of the cute little boy in English class. While the girl might be tempted to gain his affection by engaging him with intelligent conversation, Professor Evelyn teaches her that she can get the party started faster by batting her eyelashes and flipping up her skirt. Instantly, she becomes the most popular girl in school.
2) You can always get money without having a real job: Do any of the women on”Basketball Wives” actually have careers that go beyond being stars of reality TV? Although I’m sure many of them used their “skillz” to get ahead (wink, wink), I’d love to see what they’ve accomplished to earn their national platforms of influence. I would hate to see my daughters give up the value of hard work and education to instead line up with hundreds of other women trying to sleep with an athlete who has had waaaaaay too many sex partners already. But then again, that’s just me.
Watch the latest fight on “Basketball Wives” here: