If you watch “Basketball Wives” you probably only tune in to see who is going to throw a drink on who next, what crazy thing Tammi or Evelyn is going to say or who is in or out the “circle” (since it’s so hard to keep up with these days). Obviously, “Basketball Wives” is known for its girl-on-girl drama and backstabbing and has received a lot of criticism for the way that black women are being portrayed on the show. Ironically, Shaunie O’Neal, creator and producer of “Basketball Wives”, agrees with the criticism to some extent. According to EbonyJet.com, Shaunie stated:
“I get a lot of flack. People say to me: ‘You’re saying the betrayal of Black women is bad on TV, but your show is one of the number one reasons why it is.’ Guess what? I agree! But you look at those credits — it’s more than me executive producing it. I brought this vision to a table full of people, a table full of executives, and since then it has taken on its own new thing.”
She also went on to say that she is not totally happy with the new season of “Basketball Wives LA” and even called some of the cast members a bit “trashy”.
“Honestly, they’ve distorted it a little bit,” Shaunie stated, “I really came in with the concept of having a group of women that come together and are associated by the game of basketball, whether it be their husbands, fiancés — there’s some long-term relationship with a man in basketball and the game of basketball — and that’s how we formed this sisterhood and friendship. The L.A. cast — there are some wives and fiancés, which I’m fine with. But there’s a little bit of trash kind of sprinkled into that cast that I’m totally against. I was really very hands off with that cast.”
“Yeah, you know they have Jackie Christie, I love her — they have a long lasting marriage and it works. There’s also Malaysia Pargo, you’ve got Imani who was the former fiancée of Stephen Jackson — they went to the altar, you get that connection. These ladies have been around forever in the game of basketball. But then you’ve got people that just might’ve slept with somebody. I’m not OK with that. It’s just drama and … that’s not my vision. I don’t think that all money is good money. I don’t need it that bad. So we are having some issues. I’ve kind of just had to take a backseat and shut up and just let it go, let it ride. It’s David and Goliath right now.”
Interesting to hear Shaunie call the other cast, “trashy”. Guess I’ll be tuning in to find out why… will you?