A New Form of Representation or Depictions as Usual?
Chapter 8. Girl Fight
“Bitch, I’m gon give you a fuckin’ collard green, cornbread, country ass whooping, ho.”
— LO, BAD GIRLS CLUB: CHICAGO
Unfortunately, we cannot discuss images of Black women in reality television without considering the role of anger and conflict. This is one of the biggest critiques of reality television’s representations for this group. Like sex, drama also sells. So, it was no surprise that there were examples of drama within the docusoaps. Dramatic situations are a normal part of an average person’s life. However, the way in which Black women in docusoaps handle their drama will determine if stereotypical images such as Sapphire and the Angry Black Woman are perpetuated. The Angry Black Woman was present in the 2011 season. The characterization was also one of the reasons the public responded so negatively to Tami Roman, Evelyn Lozada, and Basketball Wives. Across the 2014 docusoaps there were still examples of drama ranging from minor disagreements to physical threats and attempted attacks. ← 97 | 98 →
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