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Black Women in Reality Television Docusoaps

A New Form of Representation or Depictions as Usual?


Adria Y. Goldman and Damion Waymer

Black Women in Reality Television Docusoaps explores representations of Black women in one of the most powerful, popular forms of reality television – the docusoap. Viewers, critics, and researchers have taken issue with what they consider to be unflattering, one-dimensional representations. This book discusses images of Black women in reality television during the 2011 viewing year, when much criticism arose. These findings provide a context for a more recent examination of reality television portrayals during 2014, following many reality stars’ promises to offer new representations. The authors discuss the types of images shown, potential readings of such portrayals, and the implication of these reality television docusoap presentations. The book will be useful for courses examining topics such as popular culture; mass media and society; women’s studies; race and media; sex and gender; media studies; African American issues in mass communication; and gender, race and representation, as well as other graduate-level classes.
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Chapter 8. Girl Fight




“Bitch, I’m gon give you a fuckin’ collard green, cornbread, country ass whooping, ho.”


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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