Diane Mizota: In a recent interview with ESSENCE.com, Lisa Wu-Hartwell, from the "Real Housewives of Atlanta", says absolutely yes. "It's just unfair that people pass judgment and call our show ghetto but when they talk about the women [of] Orange County or New York or New Jersey shows they call it entertainment."
She's got a point. Why is the word "ghetto" brandished against black women and not their white counterparts? She may be too much of a Georgia peach to say it outright, but I call racism. Last time I checked, reality show crazy comes in all colors.
The Housewives of ATL are held to a higher standard, Hartwell told Essence.com: "...there's a teaser for the New Jersey show where one of the women flips over a table in the restaurant. Now had any of us done that we probably would have lost some viewers and been told that we lack class. Unfortunately, certain behaviors are more accepted from our counterparts than they are among us."
Why? I believe it's because of the dearth of black families on television. It's been eons since Clair Huxtable was practicing law and raising five kids, and "The Fresh Prince" was storming Bel-Air. If you look at the archetypes of black women on television, the percentage of women, let alone moms, who are portrayed as upper-middle class is miniscule. Where is the black family on television? So when these ladies are shown on Bravo, faults and all, why are they immediately being called "ghetto"? Wouldn't just "crazy" or "hot mess" suffice?
The draw of the "Housewives" franchise is getting a peek into rich housewives' everyday lives and the craziness that ensues, regardless of color. It comes down to this: Drama comes in all colors.
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|Diane Mizota is an accomplished TV host, actor, writer and producer who began her career as a professional dancer. She is a first-time mom who currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and toddler son.|