Get this! According to the Huffington Post, entertainment lawyer Phaedra Parks of ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ thinks reality TV may cause bullying! Did she forget she’s on one of those shows?
Let’s be honest, no one tunes in to see how classy these women are. In fact, the cattiness and drama is what keeps the viewers tuning in each week. For this reason, I find it amusing Parks would make a comment like this.
“Unfortunately I do think that reality TV has spawned a whole culture of bullying. I believe that the behavior you see on reality TV does not exactly exemplify how adults should be conducting themselves.”
Although Parks is best known as the dizzy “southern bell”, it doesn’t change the fact that she is apart of a franchise that capitalizes off the drama displayed by the women on these shows!
Kandi Burruss, a fellow cast mate, seem to disagree however. She says,
“A lot of people try to find reasons or ways to blame people or situations for their grief or sadness. Personally, I think reality TV is a mimic of what’s happening in real life, not the other way around. People have always had arguments, and there’s always been cliques.”
Parks added that she believes parents need to monitor what their children watch and that series like hers are not meant for young viewers. She also said she thinks reality stars should set a better example.
She went on to say, “We have to say that violence is unacceptable. We have to learn to resolve our issues by communicating effectively.”
Although, I agree parents should monitor what they’re children are watching I’d also have to agree with Burruss. People would rather point fingers than accept responsibility.Yes, life imitates art and vice verse but to suggest the drama displayed on these shows causes bullying? I’ll need more proof!
In the perfect world, celebrities would all be great examples of how we should all behave, but are they responsible for being great role models? I’d say not.
We have to remember, not everyone has the same beliefs or have from the same background. What may be acceptable in one family may not be so for another. We may have to start with being more tolerant of each other so our children won’t be as critical of others in future generations.
Season 4 of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” premieres on Bravo on Nov. 6 at 9 p.m. Eastern time.