Michael Ealy believes that attitudes about sex and love have changed so much over the years that people now openly accept marital infidelity.
In Think Like A Man Too, Michael plays a man who began a relationship after a one night stand with Taraji P Henson. The idea that you can find love in a salacious way is not so strange to him considering what people watch for entertainment these days.
“We’re in a society now where a lot of things are accepted. You see dysfunctional, cheating husbands on TV now. A one night stand has been happening for years,” he told Black Tree TV.
Here’s the thing: Michael’s not wrong. Just look at the shows the public loves to watch!
Don’t people tune in every week to see what ratchet ridiculousness is going down on “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”? The most talked about couple on the show is Stevie J and Joseline. They have a shaky relationship that’s often moments from falling apart because he’s too flirtatious with other women. Then there’s Kirk Frost and Rasheeda, who never seem to be on the same page in regard to their marriage. He basically had a threesome on camera last season; his insecurity and wandering eye has also complicated their relationship this season.
All of that turmoil helped pushed the show to its highest ratings ever this week according to TV By The Numbers. Audiences are simultaneously repulsed and fascinated by relationship problems and sexy (if ill-advised) situations.
The same is true of scripted dramas! “Scandal” gladiators and “Being Mary Jane” fans blow up social media whenever their show comes on. While both are engaging, smart, well-written shows, they also feature extramarital affairs as the central relationships.
Although what he said may seem a little odd on the surface, Michael wasn’t lying. Just don’t use any of this is an excuse to fool around on your main squeeze, and you should be fine!
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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! 🙏😄😄😄"