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We all have thought at some point that reality tv has gone too far, but it continues on. However with The Real Baby Mamas of Richmond, it has jumped the shark and run into the docks and burst into flames.
How did I come across this traveshamockery? I was watching the local news when they mentioned it. I figured that it was a spoof of the Real Housewives franchise until I logged into facebook and noticed a host of people talking about the show. Nothing else was on and I had a few minutes so I turned to community access (I should have known then) and checked it out. This can’t be life! Everybody and everything does not need a platform and this was a prime example. I think the community access dvd player knew that it was a hot buttered mess because the dvd messed up the last few minutes.
I even went to youtube and looked this mess up and I found the trailer (which just scratches the surface on the lunacy) and an interview that they did. In the interview, they claimed that it was positive and to highlight life for single mothers. However, towards the middle of the interview the women begin discussing which ladies had slept with another cast member’s baby daddy.
Cut to the 19:30 mark for the baby daddy discussion
There was NOTHING positive about this mess. It seemed like a bunch of people trying to get tv time and a come up. And they were willing to do anything to get there. I know what some people are thinking. “Um, Whitley, do you watch reality tv? Have you seen the foolishness on there?” Love and Hip Hop Atlanta and Flavor of Love put together is like Emmy worthy television compared to this. Of course you have the arguing and drama, but it’s not entertaining. It’s degrading and embarrassing. They have nicknames such as “Ms. Babymama drama”, “Big Sexy” and “Ms. Exxtra.” They make sure to say it’s exxtra with two xs. In the first episode there was arguing over facebook, a 42 year old mother of 9 w/ 6 “baby daddys” and talked about having sex in a park and who was sleeping with one even though she thinks he is sleeping with somebody else and the producer/ CEO (CEO?? Tv shows have a CEO now? Shouldn’t it be creator/executive producer?) yelling about a stolen bicycle.
If you find yourself watching it, you may be wishing that it came with subtitles. From rampant improperly used words to poor pronunciation and enunciation to just plain made up words, there is a good chance that you will have a headache after watching this. There’s ebonics and then there is butchering language and speech. If I had a choice to get made fun of for speaking properly or fit in and talk like this and sound a hot mess, make fun of me all day. Did nobody listen to himself or herself or the playback before putting this out?
Did they have to include Richmond in the title? Did they have to make the city and state look horrible? On their website, facebook page and in an interview they said that they were putting Richmond, VA on the map. Um, every map that I have ever seen of the United States shows Richmond. But that’s neither here nor there. I’m originally from the county outside of Richmond and RBMOR makes myself and many others sick with embarrassment and shame. There are tons of things that Richmond could and should be known for before this show. Hell, Richmond was the capitol of the Confederacy and I am more proud of that than this Real Baby Mamas stir fried garbage.
I guess nobody saw any value on even attempting to do a nice edit for the show. Remember the shaky cam from Cloverfield? They clearly use the low budget version of that. The show did try to incorporate music, but instead of a clip with the volume properly adjusted they use the full song so loud that you struggle to hear the “dialogue.” Say what now ma’am?
There are a few bright spots- One cast member said that she wants to highlight mental illness and help remove some of the stigma. It takes a lot of courage to publicly discuss mental illness, especially in the black community. For that, I commend her. Some of the other cast members said that they want to show the positive and overcoming obstacles, but that was not evident at all and got lost in the tornado of ignorance. A big neon bright spot is that it can serve as a cautionary tale to young girls…don’t let this be you.
I hope the show changes drastically and quickly or goes away rapidly. This may be in vain because it seems that the producers take people laughing at them as laughing with them or anybody who is not crazy about it is seen as a hater. No, some people just have dignity and self respect.
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I’ve run out of words for this and give up.
Have you seen the show? Will you watch? What do you think?