Shaunie O’Neal executive producer of VH1’s “Basketball Wives,” wrote a commentary for CNN about the negative portrayal of black women on reality TV. Despite the drama that unfolds on her own show, Shaunie doesn’t feel “Basketball Wives” portrays black women in a negative light. Shaunie says watching reality television is a guilty pleasure of hers and fun to watch. However, she feels the new generation of reality TV has become more about drama than the story line.
If you ask me, “Basketball Wives” fits into that category of the new generation. The show is supposed to be based on the life of a woman married to an NBA player, but we have not seen the full view of that lifestyle. The women on the show are ex-girlfriends or baby mommas. The majority of what we see are women insulting one another and fighting over petty issues. In the show’s defense Shaunie says, “I believe that if you look closely and beyond the arguing and the fighting, you’ll see a group of women trying to get their lives back on track and figure out who they really are.” This may be so but it’s really hard to see that when the drama starts before the intro credits. I Love Shaunie O’Neal and her money making skills but I think she is being a bit delusional here.