TV couple Angela and Marcus from For Better or Worse may not agree on much, but in real life they stand together against reality TV. Yesterday (Sept 16) during a luncheon at the OWN network in NYC, the stars of the show, Tasha Smith and Michael Jai White were very vocal about their distaste of the popular reality shows.
“I just don’t have time, I don’t know what’s going on with the whole reality thing…I hope it burns out” Michael said in response to Rae Holliday from Stuff Fly People Like’s question on his thoughts of reality TV.
While White was short on his thoughts, that didn’t stop Tasha Smith from voicing her thoughts in a lengthy response.
“I know bad and good acting, and some of these reality TV shows have some of the worst actors I’ve ever seen in my life,” Tasha begin her rant. “For us to love acting as much as we do, reality shows aren’t our preferences, we don’t see the talented actors on TV as much as we did 10, 15, and 20 years ago. So we aren’t going to be the advocate for reality shows.”
Michael added, “There seems to be a mandate to dumb down society, the lowest common denominator, and the most ignorant among us has the floor,” before his costar continued.
“I feel like black women have it worse on reality shows,” says Smith. “I want to represent a black woman that’s going to inspire and encourage and not call women bitches, hoes, and speak to each other that is so damaging to each others soul. It breaks my heart the way I see women communicating with each other on these reality shows.”
Before ending her well needed speech she gave props to Oprah in her final thoughts on the matter, “We cannot be apart of the propaganda to tear down one another and tear down who we are as people—we’re working for a woman [Oprah] who is a black woman who has worked her butt off and shown nothing but self-respect, encouragement, and empowerment over the last 3 decades and now we want to sit there and do those kind of shows. I can’t wait for someone to have an awakening because I am devastated by it.”
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