So what if Reality TV is my Ratchet Entertainment of Choice

3 Jun

Yep – I said it: Ratchet!

Here is my confession: On most Monday nights after a long day of work, I go home, get prepped for tomorrow, workout, and then curl up at the TV to see what it has in store for me. Nine times out of ten, I flip through the channels and to my “surprise” it’s Love and Hip Hop Atlanta night! I instantly get excited and all is right in the world.  Well not really. But at least I know I can get engulfed in some entertaining television.

I like to think of myself as someone who is not the norm – someone who likes to challenge society and its misguidance on our youth. But would that make me a walking contradiction?

I think not. Yes, I know that most reality shows – just about all of them – are full of drama, drama, pure-dee drama! And yes, I understand that Mamma Dee is crazy for trying to intrude in who her son chooses to love. But I simply cannot help myself.

Maybe it’s because I know a fight will break out in the last 30 seconds of each episode, or because I’m interested in hearing from the experts how “co-parenting” really works in the ATL.

Aside from how it caters to my guilty pleasures, I am concerned however on what is being reported and how it relates to the standard in which we live.

The fact that 99% of the black men on the show are not married to their significant others, mother of their children, etc. The fact that you have one man with two women at his feet who is in and out of his daughter’s life. Women on the show seem to be more in tuned with appearance than making a difference.

I don’t want to come off as being super judgmental, but can’t help wonder if this is actually real life? Are there any successful relationships in Atlanta – or in the black community for that matter. I know there have to be – cause I know of some firsthand. But why are these the ones we see?

Until these questions are answered or until something changes, I admit that I will be curled up at my TV on Monday nights.

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