Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Televised Skankery: When a Woman Is a Wife Without a Husband

For the first time in my life, last week I reduced myself to look at a show that I had vehemently criticized without even watching. I have always frowned on such practices in the past, although I have always evinced the uncanny ability to evaluate what is presented on television without watching it. Especially when it is self-described as reality television. I was at a friend's house and was mandated to watch it with them because his wife wanted to see it. She asked us both not to be overly critical. I have always been critical of reality television, because it's reflective of the Sambo buffoonery that television has typically used to show black folk. Plus, it was strange for me to try and understand why any woman or man would watch a show that doesn't serve any intellectual purpose. It is obviously not the type of content that will help you assist your kids with their homework or can teach you any valuable life lesson. But I gave in and watched.

They say water-boarding is torture, however I will gladly tolerate a day of water-boarding over the 5 minutes of what I saw on "Basketball Housewives." Oddly enough, none of the women presented themselves as the type of woman I grew up around and carried themselves with as much tact as a woman on the stroll late at night in any major city. Moreover, the general disposition displayed by all the women was that they did not need a man but yet they would not have fame or riches if they had not hooked the big mouth trophy bass many call a professional athlete.

Truth be told, I can't name one of them or pick one from the other in a lineup. But there are a few high yellow women that look like they have missed the sun even though they live in Florida. Then there is this little fidgety babe that rocks an S-curl. She must be from Memphis cause folks at the crib still rock them too. But I don't know who she has slept with because they never said her dude's name like they did for the one described as an ex-fiancee — which last I heard was not a wife. Another feature that struck me was how often they referred to each other at b---- and displayed behaviors that lets you know that before they were with or unwith (is that a word) the men they claim, it is likely that they were groupies.

I say this because as they sit down, defining themselves with the material contamination of designer clothes, boutiques and restaurants, they give off the appearance that they do not like each other sincerely but play as if they do. They even have a severe disdain for other groupies as if they are different gang sets. Maybe it is just me, but logic precludes me from understanding why the show is called basketball wives. I would imagine that televised skankery would be more important given that only one of them is actually married. They don't even carry themselves like women who are married or that deserved to be respected as women. I have never seen behavior as such from the women in my family. Never would they call each other b---- or reduce themselves to throwing objects at each other.

It is sad that such a show is popular, even more so than reading a newspaper. But what can one expect when a person is with another because of what they own, their profession and wealth? You can see their unhappiness through how they treat others. Like I said, maybe a better show title would be Televised Skankery, or What Happens to Women When They Marry and Date Men With a Sixth Grade Math and Reading Level

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Televised Skankery: When a Woman Is a Wife Without a Husband

13 comments:

Sheliza said...

This is the reason I don't watch mindless television nor do I let my children do so. Hope you are doing well and it's nice to see you posting. Be the best.

AssertiveWit said...

I wasn't impressed before I watched it and watching it didn't change my view...I could not have said it better than you though LOL

Genius slowly going Insane said...

It's been my thought that watching television like this unconsciously makes you stupid. Which is why I don't....I don't know if it has been proven to be true or not. But, that is one thing that I will not be trying in my lifetime to prove or disprove.

Reminds me of that one episode of Boondocks where Huey actually did do this experiment on himself. Things didn't go so well for him.......a fictional cartoon it may be but that is about all the proof I need.

Gigi said...

Televised skankery is the perfect title for that show.

msladydeborah said...

You're a better man than I am woman. I haven't watched any of the reality shows and I probably won't. The imagery and actions are just not that interesting to me.

T.C. said...

i definitely agree its like where did "wives" come from for this show...because the real NBA wives or any wife would never be associated with such foolishness

Untouched Jewel said...

These stupid broads on Basketball Housewolves, I mean housewives (lol) are the epitome of low-class, low self-esteem tricks with nothing else better to do. And Shaq's wife is no position to be on anybody's show. I heard she every bit as big a hoe as her philandering husband. I just laughed at these clowns, because you said it best: at some point in time or another, THEY WERE GROUPIES.

Paula said...

FYI the girl with the 's-curl' is Dwight Howard's ex/ baby-mama. He has a gag order so he could not be mentioned throughout the show. I dont watch a lot of television. I think its a waste of money to pay for cable but I have seen this show and many other reality shows. I have a college degree from a prestigious university and I havent been 'made dumb' yet. I dont know these women so I cant say how they met their husbands. I wont pretend I wasnt entertained because I was. And I walked away and I live my life! :) And thats who the show is suitable for. People that are not easily influenced. ;)-Paula

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