With all of the bottle-throwing, table-hopping, cussing and drag-down fights, the latest season on Basketball Wives has brought some controversy with its portrayal of minority women in the media.
“I’m extremely happy that Basketball Wives continues to have another successful fourth season. As the ratings have been through the roof since our season opener, fans continue to tune into the lives of Evelyn, Tami, Jennifer, Royce, Suzie and myself. As there is always controversy and indifference projected on the show, because we are all individual personalities, I always hope that people will find that as much as you may agree or disagree with the opinions, the behavior, [and] even our different taste in shoes, you are taking a look inside the lives of four complete different women. I will never say I agree with some of the behavior between my girlfriends on the show, but if we were to edit certain things out the show would be scripted and not reality.
As a woman of color with kids, I am very aware of myself, but I also have to be aware that my choices cannot be the same for everyone on the show and I have to respect that. I hope the fans feel they see a balance and know we have always been real with our stories, even though it may not always be a positive portrayal of adult women but real women nonetheless. I look forward to developing other media platforms in the future and hope that fans will continue to support.”
Unlike some of her friends and cast mates, she chooses not to eclipse her good character by becoming physically violent. O’Neal wants to maintain her role as an example to young women, especially as she is a mother and businesswoman. She continuously gives back to the community and was, most recently, spotted lending a hand at the Los Angeles Mission for their annual Easter day festivities.
She’s saying this all the way to the bank…
- Basketball Wives producer: I’m extremely happy with fourth season (examiner.com)
- Shaunie O’Neal Speaks Out About ‘Basketball Wives’ Drama, Should She Be Held to a Higher Standard? (clutchmagonline.com)
- Evelyn Talks Basketball Wives (4umf.com)
- “What, Do You Need To Be Smacked In Your Face To Wake Up?” “Basketball Wives” [RECAP] (hellobeautiful.com)