Where Are the Black Bethenny Frankels of Reality TV?


Perhaps the drink throwing, fights and bullying that are amplified when the stars are black (because white women fight equally as much on reality shows) is bad for business. There’s a long history of blacks not being viewed as individuals, but as a collective representation for the entire race, which means black women on reality TV carry the double burden of not giving credence to racial and gender stereotypes. When they do portray stereotypes petitions are started and scathing articles are written. Businesses may be leery of aligning themselves with reality stars who could potentially end up a liability. Meanwhile Bethenny showcased her emotional baggage, yelled and urinated in a champagne bucket on national TV unscathed. It certainly hasn’t stopped her success, but are black reality stars given the same pass?

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