What has been the effect of reality TV on our society? Is it creating value? Does it make us feel safe and secure in our private lives? Let's think about this. Today, The Grio (June 10,2013), posted the article: "Reality TV and the new Black Leading Lady", http://www.thegrio.com. After reading the article, I felt something was missing. Of course, we have many positive images of Black women doing well, such as The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, Mrs. Obama's mother, Marian Robinson who has shown us that it is possible to have a successful family environment, by raising two successful children , Michelle and her Brother, Craig Robinson with the help of their now deceased Father, Fraser Robinson. The way I see it, that is the best reality show we as Black Americans can see. The Obama's are showing us that we do not have to accept less, no matter what. It is always our choice.
On the other hand, Reality TV is showing us a different reality that is most commonly thought of as the new role models for Black Americans. The truth is, every kind of person exist. The superficiality of Reality TV is effectively wrecking the perception of what we should expect from our women and men today. I have heard people talk about these shows as if they are to be emulated. I am specifically referring to the shows like The Real Housewives, Married to Medicine, Basketball Wives, and Keeping up with the Kardashian's which in my opinion offer devastatingly sad examples of what it is to be a woman today. First of all, most of them are not wives. They make it seem that all we need a man for is to get money so that we can shop til' we drop and drink gallons of wine, all the while disrespecting the women and men that we know as our friends, family and associates. I do not have daughters, but I do have a son and I believe that these kind of images are not good for either our daughters or our sons.
As far as the other TV show, "Scandal" is concerned, this is not a reality show as we know them. Scandal is a scripted story that was derived from a true story of a professional fixer, named Judy Smith, another successful Black Woman. By choosing Judy's story and choosing the dynamite young actress, Kerry Washington to play the role of Olivia Pope, Shonda Rimes, Executive Producer and Screenwriter for Scandal, has once again complimented the talent and genius of successful Black women like herself. Kerry and Shonda have made all of us want to see this show week after week, because they are doing a great job. In other words, they are doing the job they decided to do and doing it well. For that, we should be proud. In my opinion, we should be looking at the reality of the world we live in and doing our best to do our best, no matter what and remember that we always have choice. We can be like The Real Housewives, Michelle Obama, Kerry Washington or Shonda Rimes. It all depends on what we want for our lives and that of our children.