Despite the fact that Bravo TV stages (or encourages) fake fights between its cast members, a civil rights group is condemning the fake violence.
In a letter to NBCUniversal last week, the civil rights organization ColorOfChange complained bitterly about Bravo TV promoting the staged violence for weeks prior to airing the Real Housewives of Atlanta Reunion.
“We’ve been in contact with NBCUniversal last week verbally and shared concerns in writing — specifically about this Real Housewives of Atlanta confrontation that was coming up,” Arisha Hatch, campaign director at ColorOfChange, told The Hollywood Reporter.
“No matter how entertaining, this should be the last fight between Black women that Bravo profits from.” Hatch wrote in the letter to NBCUniversal.
Read the complete letter below:
From the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion to the second season of Married to Medicine, the physical violence displayed during Bravo’s Sunday primetime lineup was deeply alarming. After weeks of promoting the RHOA reunion altercation, on Sunday executive producer Andy Cohen finally condemned the violent behavior of cast members — completely ignoring the staged hostile environment that provoked the altercation and the troubling pattern of violent, stereotypical portrayals of Black people across many of Bravo’s Black reality franchises.
Research shows that dehumanizing portrayals of Black people on television lead to real-world consequences for Black folks — influencing how we are treated by doctors, judges, teachers and lawmakers. No matter how entertaining, this should be the last fight between Black women that Bravo profits from.
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