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The Hypocrisy of Boycotting Basketball Wives

By  Rachelle Anderson

There is no shortage of negative images of black folks on TV, on the radio, and in the media in general. So I was one who joined in the outrage over the increasing violence being shown on Basketball Wives. I thought I would be tuning in to see a show about wives who had their own identity and business ventures, despite their husbands’ status. Instead, I saw few wives, and nauseating bad behavior.

But I drew the line when the formal boycott began. I asked myself, why are we being asked to boycott the show? Because of the increasing violence? Because of the negative images and bad behavior that these women are paid to glorify each week? Because we don’t want our young women to think that this bad behavior is acceptable of classy women?

While the boycott was well-intended, and seemed to have served its purpose, I had to ask about the boycott to the increasing vulgarity in the music I hear on the radio each day. I had to wonder why there’s no outrage over the negative music that fills the heads of our children each and every day, especially our sons. Aren’t these hip hop artists paid to glorify negative behavior also?

Nickelodeon and Sesame Street knew long ago that music could be used to teach children things such as the alphabet and how to count. So why couldn’t music also be teaching our children how to behave irresponsibly? There is little balance in the music being played on Hip Hop radio stations anymore. Only the artists who glamorize irresponsible behavior get played in heavy rotation.

If you listen to the music being played in heavy rotation on hip hop stations, the content of the music centers around smoking weed, drinking, having creative sex, and engaging in illegal activities. And some of the music can get downright descriptive on how to engage in this creative sex…it’s almost pornographic. Where is the FCC? Has the FCC gotten lax?

So while some feel like there was a victory in expressing outrage over the negative images being shown on Basketball Wives, why stop there? Why not address the bigger picture. Why not address what afflicts and negatively affects more of our children…the music…?

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7 Responses to The Hypocrisy of Boycotting Basketball Wives

  1. Alnecia Reply

    June 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    I was just discussing this with a friend yesterday. You bring up some good points regarding the big picture of what kids are exposed to daily via various media outlets. However, some of the arguments I hear against the show have to do with the ignorant fights, confrontations, and the poorly balanced portrayal of widely held negative stereotypes of colored women – this view has nothing to do with children. Children shouldn’t even be allowed to watch shows (or listen to music) dealing with adult subject matters unless the parents feel confident in their child’s level of maturity. This show most certainly shouldn’t be censored because of poor parenting. Adults should be able to watch grown women discuss and engage in any kind of sex they want.

    Regarding children, one common denominator is incompetent folk bringing them into this world.

  2. Here We Go Again Reply

    June 14, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Could someone explain to me how in the holy heck that everytime someone Black does something wrong, stupid or irrational the conversation always turns into this Six Degree’s of Separation game involving Hip Hop? All of these women claim to be strong inderpendent women yet when they do something stupid instead of blaming the women for it and sticking to that subject. We suddenly begin to play the game of ‘what about this?’. Which is basically I don’t have an answer for these problems or don’t won’t to give it my attention knee-grow syndrome. Sure Hip Hop is a problem, I’ll concede that fact. But Hip Hop doesn’t have anything to do with grown ass women acting a fool on national TV (which people choose to pay for on cable). It’s like if the neighbor is accused of rape and we need to deal with THAT issue someone always brings up the crack dealer. Huh? Not to mention this article refuses to call out the guilty parties as usual of who produced the show, green lit it, and decided to put it on THEIR airwaves and why? Some Black people refuse to believe they have enemies with an agenda to make us look and behave a certain way through propaganda (TV). As always it’s not paranoia when someone is really following you.

    • Toni Reply

      June 14, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Here we go again,

      I agree with you whole heartedly.
      Writer (Ms. Anderson) please stick to the subject and if this other isssue is such a problem and bothering you, please wont you be the first to start solving or initiating a solution. I stand by my boycotting of basketball wives. These women should show some class and stop letting themselves be exploited for money. No wonder they are ex’s.

  3. Unless you're under a rock... Reply

    June 14, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    …Folks have been crying out against music on urban radio FOR YEARS! So to claim that it isn’t happening would be misleading to those who are easily impressionable. This boycott against BBW was a victory. Why can’t you accept it as that. The war may not have been won YET, but a battle was. You want things on a grand scale when in reality, we are dealing with an issue that is so deeply ingrained in society that it takes the banning together of folks to elect a Black President; an occupy movement; marches across the country for a murdered unarmed teenager; complaints about an overtly offensive r&b singer’s commercial; and petitions getting additional traction by celebrities to get a network to listen – to motivate the people. To help them realize that OUR VOICE CAN BE HEARD IF WE ALL WORK TOGETHER FOR THE GREATER GOOD.
    So I take issue with your disparaging article. How bout you support the grassroots movements that are happening across the country instead of dismissing them.

  4. milwood Reply

    June 14, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    If you want to boycott, by al means boycott, thats you choice. For those who want to watch it, it’s their choice. It’s like riding in your car, a song you don’t like comes on, you can listen or do what I do, change the channel. That’s my choice.

  5. Redbone Reply

    June 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I stand by my boycott 100%, and I will not be watching the next season. I have a life and better wholesome shows to watch that are less radical, and totally not stressingly tenaciously over dramatic…
    Basketballwives disturbed my peace of mind and lures me out of my normal character, its just too damn tastless and negatively overwhelming to watch.
    As I set and watched the show this pass Monday night for the last time, I noticed something about the show is gone, its now a dead subject…Amen Closing the chapter on this one…

  6. La Reply

    June 14, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Word to the writer, if you’re gonna write on a subject, do research and due diligence, bcuz what you wrote let’s say exposes you did neither!

    Please sign and see video at
    http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-bullying-now-2

    to see the damages being done by BBW and other negative shows depicting Black women . The Bully in the video posts on her Facebook “I’m about that life” bragging of her attack and beatin sum ass on an 11 yr old, while her mother too post BBW on her Facebook. There’s no doubting the obvious…

    I certainly will be BOYCOTTING and hope you all will reach out and help stop the Bullying by signing our petition above.

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