Many of us find some guilty pleasure in WE‘s hit show “Bridezillas.” It is quite amusing seeing the overly zealous brides work themselves up and break everyone else down for the sake of their impending nuptials. The show can easily be regarded as an innocent how-not-to guide for brides to be, but it seems that the shenanigans are starting to push the limit, more so than before. The show was always riddled with negative stereotypes. Though now it seems that its producers have mastered the art of selling racially offensive images of black women neatly packaged under the guise of humor. The ghetto, low-budget, finger waving, neck popping black woman stereotype is a central recurring theme on Bridezillas; as are the equally tacky white-trash, and spoiled-brat motifs. But in last night’s episode, a new beast reared its ugly head in the form of an unabashedly racist Bridezilla, who took it upon herself to berate an African-American male on the street, as well as a few others. Karen, the obnoxious star (and I use that term loosely) of Bridezillas episode 20, has taken the show to a new level of audaciously offensive content. According to the narrator:
“On top of her over the top budget and out of control ego, Karen has a little trouble dealing with anyone that she deems beneath her, which is pretty much everyone.”
This light introduction, however, very much downplays Karen’s nasty attitude. When the charming bride’s friends are momentarily distracted by two (black) men on the street, Karen is enraged. When one of the men congratulates her on her engagement, she is apparently threatened by his big black scariness, and launches a slew of insults in his direction. She begins by flashing her impressive “hundred-thousand-dollar-ring” which she states that he can never afford, because (she assumes) he makes only nine dollars an hour. Then she is kind enough to remind him that its time for him to go back and “mop the floor at McDonalds.” She finishes her tirade by yelling that he can also go back to his home “in the projects.” She even says to her friend afterward,
“It makes no type of sense why you would even want to talk to a human being like that.”
A human being like what Karen? Black? WTF? Is it now OK to attack black men on the street and hurl insulting stereotypes at them? Are we to assume, like the narrator suggests that the black guy on the corner is beneath Karen, simply because she “deems” him as such? Why is Bridezillas encouraging this type of behavior, and plastering it across our TV screens as slapstick comedy? It seems ridiculous that WE expects us to have a few cheap laughs at the expense of black men.
Overall, the episode was a disappointing show of ignorance and misguided bravado. The glorification of Karen’s racist rant was in fact painful to watch. Bridezillas is normally questionable in terms of its content, but this particular episode showcased a level of racial insensitivity that should have been abolished a long time ago.
WE has not yet released viral clips of Karen going in on the African American male on the street, but for now, check out these video previews to see “Karen” acting like an ignorant fool in a separate incident with the doorman of a NYC club:
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"