At least 17,500+ VH1 viewers are sick and tired of VH1’s scripted violence against black women. The show, Basketball Wives, which pretends to follow the troubles and tribulations of a group of “friends,” is actually a scripted TV series with non-actor cast members who are encouraged to stage fake fights to boost TV ratings.
One woman, Alexis M., is tired of the ongoing violence, and the show’s perception that black women are crazy and angry.
Alexis created an online petition to get Evelyn and Chad’s spin-off show canceled before it has even aired.
Not satisfied with just presenting signatures to VH1 (who is probably enjoying the free pub), Alexis M. is going after the show’s advertisers, too. Alexis said one of the show’s sponsors, Burger King, didn’t even know what “Basketball Wives” was.
“I’m currently waiting on Burger King’s president to return my phone call, she wrote on the petition site. “I sent him all the video footage of the ‘Basketball Wives’ violence. Burger King didn’t even know what ‘Basketball Wives’ is. The secretary was polite enough to view some of the video footage of the violence.”
She also learned that the information supposedly “leaked” to a gossip blog about the producers’ filing a countersuit against Jennifer Williams is also fake.
This boycott is similar to the protests against televised wrestling in the 1970s. Parents were outraged by the effect the fake violence had on their children, and they threatened to boycott the TV shows. The wrestling federation finally admitted, in a roundabout way, that the wrestling was scripted.