Basketball Wives Responds To Current Media Attention
Over the last couple of weeks your favorite guilty pleasure Basketball Wives has been under the microscope and a major target for heavy criticism. Viewers have voiced their disgust for the way cast members are behaving on the show and are afraid their behavior reflects poorly on every day women. Shaunie addressed the constant fighting on the reunion show, “I feel that all these ladies take responsibility for what their actions are…and after seeing ourselves this season, it definitely was a lot more bad than good.” She continued “I’ve really tried to preach the whole ‘Let’s get some balance’ and now I think my voice is resonating.”
Despite online petitions and such negative scrutiny, Basketball Wives has been picked up for a fifth season. Although the viewers’ dissatisfaction has not put a stop to the show, the cast and producers have vowed to do things differently the next season. Evelyn Lozada, Shed Media & VH1 weighs in on the recent negative media attention.
“I’m confident that I speak for many of us on the show that when it comes to creating a better balance for television, we are all working very hard to do just that. Many of us are getting help for our inner issues and striving to portray a more positive image overall. Tahiti was just an example of all of us being a true work in progress…Hang in there with us, as we vow to grow and become better!” [SOURCE]
“Shed Media US is fully committed to telling the compelling stories of the Basketball Wives in a balanced way. Our producing partner Shaunie O’Neal feels strongly about this, and we fully agree with this stance. We support her as she encourages the cast members to work out issues in a non-violent fashion. We look forward to working with her and the rest of the cast on conveying more balance in the next season.”[SOURCE]
“Our viewers opinions always matter a great deal to us at VH1. Lately, there has been a lot of conversation about Basketball Wives, a series featuring strong, intelligent women with very passionate viewpoints which can sometimes escalate. We at VH1 agree with and support Shaunie and the show producers’ “no excessive physical confrontations” policy on the series moving forward. We are all committed to balancing the candid, bold excitement that the viewers have come to love in the series with storylines and representations they can be proud of. Shaunie has been a strong advocate for a more balanced approach to the show and we, along with our producing partners at Shed Media, are all in agreement about moving forward with that goal.” [SOURCE]