Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Queen of Ratchet TV Returns: Love & Hip Hop ATLANTA

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."

- J.R.R. Tolkien

Say what you want about Mona Scott but, she is clicking her Louboutins all the way to the bank. Some may say that she is exploiting her own kind but as the old saying goes, "If you find an "Ass" ride it." We're interested to see the number of people that tuned in to see Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. No judgement because though we do not readily admit it, we were tuned in with drink in hand. The ratings were probably through the roof which means people are in denial. We are watching, everyone is but not all for the same reason. My Facebook feed was littered with commentary from men and women. You want to look away; you would like to change the channel but you don't. The bafoonery is just that entertaining or just that sad depends on your perspective.

Now to the heart of the matter, what are you willing to do for the all mighty dollar? If this show is any indication it seems like just about anything. Ms. Mona must pay really well. Who knew that the devil wears red bottoms too. Reality TV is becoming a really bad case of life imitating art. These shows are permeating the minds of our children who cannot necessarily make the distinction. Ever wonder who in their right mind grows up saying I want to be a stripper? Well, it will be on the hearts and minds of many young girls because the hoes are winning. We love Scandal. We are Gladiators and many of us would follow Shonda Rhimes to the pit of hell and back if that is where the next episode of Scandal was but, why can't a black woman be "The Good Wife"? Why, when there is a black family "Being Mary Jane" is willing to desecrate their marriage bed and end up on top? Yes, it is entertaining and we'll probably still tune in next week but at what cost? 

Really think about this: any show that has the line "you are madly in care with me" (dead...)  is nothing short of ignorance. We get it, ignorance is truly bliss and it pays well. Just be mindful of how much we indulge in the ratchetness. There needs to be a balance and right now the pendulum has swung all the way to ratchetville/thotland. Long gone are the days of "The Cosby Show" & "It's a Different World".

That's it! Our daughters will be unplugged. They will read paperback books. No iPads, Kindles or tablets. We can at the very least try. #prayforourdaughters.

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