Cancel VH1's Basketball Wives Reality Series
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Viacom Entertainment, Philippe Dauman
VH1

Cancel VH1's Basketball Wives Reality Series

    1. Isis Phoenix
    2. Petition by

      Isis Phoenix

      Kapolei, HI

Boycotting the Basketball Wives of Miami and Los Angeles


VH1 and its corporate parent, Viacom Entertainment has aired 4 seasons of their Basketball Wives television franchise. The show was initially promoted as an avenue for viewers to grow, learn and discuss the successes and perils of life as a “basketball wife.” However, the show has proven to be nothing more than a set of glossy choreographed boxing matches marked by superficiality and monumental levels of bullying. In the year 2012, where we have a Biracial president and an African American first lady, we need not be “tragically colored.” The reality series perpetuates the most vulgar stereotypes about women of color particularly, Black women.

The show has very few redeeming qualities if any at all. Young people across the nation tune into to the most grotesque illustrations of black femininity. Women well beyond their child-bearing years, cursing, fighting and destroying property. One would have to assume that the show’s wild success presents a complicated problem for thoughtful, scripted and well crafted television. American popular culture has taken on a particular tone similar to that of Ancient Rome. Americans have become a ravenous community obsessed with the “spectacle.” Romans were consumed with their violent gladiators and many Americans are consumed with their tragic reality t.v. “stars.”

These questionable activities occur all in the name of entertainment. Hollywood is a beautiful cultural mosaic made mostly out of broken dreams and broken people. But, we refuse to partake in Black cultural degradation and misappropriation. In the year 2000, we thought that the matrix would hijack us little did we know that we would run towards it with open arms. It is beginning to border on exploitation and we are all finally tapping out on this one. We are people of color and we are talented, determined and cosmically powerful. We embody light and love. We do not want to see these types of representations of Black women on VH1 in the form of Basketball Wives Miami or Los Angeles!

Call or write Viacom who owns VH1.

Address: 1515 Broadway, New York, New York 10036, U.S.A.
Telephone: (212) 258-6000
Fax: (212) 258-6464

Thank you for your support and for leaving constructive comments without the use of profanity.

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
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      Isis Phoenix
      Petition Organizer

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    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. Basketball Wives losing advertisers and ratings amid protests

      Isis Phoenix
      Petition Organizer

      Protests against VH1’s “Basketball Wives” are making headway with their campaigns.Ratings have dropped from 2 million viewers a few weeks ago to 1.75 million last week. That’s a 12.5 percent drop.

    5. How 'Girls' and 'Basketball Wives' Are the Same

      Isis Phoenix
      Petition Organizer

      ColorLines' Akiba Solomon offers the perspective of "a professional observer of race and pop culture" on what the two very different series actually have in common."Basketball Wives" and "Girls" deploy casual racism.

    6. Shaunie O’Neal on potential ‘Basketball Wives’ movie

      Isis Phoenix
      Petition Organizer

      If Shaunie O'Neal can take the Basketball Wives name/concept to the big screen then, she can have more influence in the editing room. I don't buy her tale of helplessness here.

    7. Basketball Wives Royce Reed Responds To Tami Roman In Open Letter

      Isis Phoenix
      Petition Organizer

      Kesha is the latest victim of “Basketball Wives” bullying. But this time, her fellow cast-mate Royce Reed is sticking up for her.

    8. Sponsors Back Out of Basketball Wives

      Isis Phoenix
      Petition Organizer

      The "Basketball Wives" reality show is losing support among major brand sponsors.

    9. Say What? BBW’s Tami Roman Says She’s Being Bullied By The Public

      Isis Phoenix
      Petition Organizer

      Tami is saying that she feels bullied by “Basketball Wives” critics and they should be more mature when voicing their issues with her. This is a very ironic development in the "Basketball Wives" saga.

    10. ‘Basketball Wives’: Tanya Young Reveals the Show’s Dirtiest Secret

      Isis Phoenix
      Petition Organizer

      As our petitions to boycott the reality series gains signatures, a former Basketball Wife reveals why the show is “sheer hell” for women of color.

    11. 'BB Wives' Star Tami Roman Don't Pull the Show ... MILLIONS Will Suffer

      Isis Phoenix
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for your support and constructive feedback. We are making a real impact. You are apart of positive history. They are beginning to feel the pressure...

    12. Reached 250 signatures

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    • lovely givan HIGHLAND, CA
      • 11 months ago

      Because this show is trashy.Everybody on that show is trashy. Now,, they running around talking about God. Where was all that about God when they were bullying people. Making people cry, where was their talk about God then? Take this trash heap off of tv. No reruns either!

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    • Cici Wilcox INGLEWOOD, CA
      • 12 months ago

      They are bad influence on teens and adults. They are just want attention.

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    • Amy Nguyen GARDEN GROVE, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      Against bullying

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    • Ayola Mfobela GERMANTOWN, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      Destroying the image of black women

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    • Bridgett Woods FAYETTEVILLE, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      Bullying is unacceptable, especially amongst grown woman!

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