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In a few short years, reality TV and its most infamous stars have taken over pop culture. And while positive, inspiring shows like The Biggest Loser and The Amazing Race beam into millions of homes each week, the shows that seem to get people talking the most are those rife with drama. From Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise to VHI’s Basketball Wives, fans seem to both love and loath the petty beefs of some of the most outspoken ladies on TV. But with so many watching, discussing, and dissecting their every move have these ladies become our new role models?

When I first saw Vibe magazine’s latest cover crowning Kandi Burrus, Evelyn Lozada, Chrissy Lampkin, and Tamar Braxton our new “roles models” I quietly whispered, “WTF?”

Were they serious or were they simply using this group of obvious non-role models to sell magazines?

Bonsu Thompson of Vibe wonders:

“Reality television’s vengeful, ’bow-throwing drama queens get paid to ante up, catfight and go dumb for a living. They’re also funny, thoughtful mothers, sisters and self-made businesswomen who’ve spun our thirsts for theater into bankable fame. Can they live?”

While Thompson goes on to highlight the ladies’ problematic behavior—bottle throwing, cursing, fighting, and rampant bad behavior—he gives them the benefit of the doubt and delves under the surface to find out what makes them tick. What we read is a host of contradictions that keep these women in the public eye.

When asked what they thought about Star Jones’ criticism of the how the women act on air, they had a few harsh words for their fellow TV star: Mind your business.

VIBE: Star Jones started a petition, lashing out against women and violence on reality TV. What’s your reaction?

Evelyn: [Bursts into laughter] I think she’s going to have to get a whole lot of names. Actually, I like the petition and I like the controversy because I’ve learned controversy is good. But I think she’s irrelevant. And she’s using our coattails to get relevant again. Nobody gives a fuck about her.

Chrissy: Whatever Star Jones is feeling is a little deeper than what she sees. I think she has her own issues.

Kandi: She may not be violent, but I’m sure she goes off on people in her day-to-day. I just don’t think it’s fair to block somebody from getting money.

Ouch.

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  1. Tiffany

    So since Vibe clearly uses the Urban dictionary to define role model(or this is a cruel irony)….let’s see what Dictionary dot com has to say, shall we?

    role model: n. A person regarded by others, especially young people, as a good example to follow.

    Now….which one of these ladies are good examples to follow? And Kandi post-Xscape isn’t it…unless you envision your neice selling beatboxing dildos.

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  2. Natalie B.

    Ish like this is why I refused to purchase a Vibe magazine.

    Role models, really? As if women of color, and black women especially, didn’t have to deal with sterotypes and intra-community strife, now we have to deal with the assumption that we should want to live and act like these women.

    Ridiculous.

    These women might be getting paid, but it’s the rest of us that are paying the price.

    Please somebody make it stop.

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    • chanela

      It is so sad how no matter what horrible things you’re doing, as long as you’re getting paid then it’s okay. i hear people saying this a lot lately and it depresses me. someone the other day said “i can’t stand how nicki minaj is trying so hard to be in touch with those two little girls. they shouldn’t even be listening to her songs! but oh well the girl is gettin paid!” is that all that matters now? so are sex traffic groups fine and dandy to force young girls to prostitute themselves as long as they’re “makin that paper”? these old enough to know better women with kids should be ashamed of their behavior…but no. they’re making money so nothing is wrong with it and we’re just hatijng. sm

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  3. apple

    kandi is okay to be here, she was in top selling group, she writes successful music and can live off the royalities of it and she started her own successful business.. now tamara is a failure, sorry she is, you will never be toni,evelyn is a 2 dollar hoe and chrissy is a thirsty b*tch who had to beg a n*gga for a ring..sorry bye now

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    • I think you summed it up pretty nicely. I don’t know who disgusts me more- Chrissy or Evelyn. Upon further thinking it would have to be Chrissy. She strikes me as such a sad, empty human being.

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    • iQgraphics

      oh apple,
      how rude

      but true ;)
      Kandi has more than the 1 successful business we know about, she is still ghost writing, still owns that boutique… etc. She’s not perfect, but shes a gawd damn hustler. Chrissy and Ev have chemical imbalances. Both bullies, washed up…old tired hoes. Yeah, I said it. That’s what they chose to project, so that’s what it is. Tamar has delusions of grandeur.

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    • apple

      Totally forgot about her boutique! All I remember is the DILDOs .. All caps DILDOS ^_^

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  4. So basically it’s ok to be violent as long as you’re getting money? Kandi and all these ladies are in complete denial. While I can appreciate Kandi’s success, she’s still part of the foolishness that is RHOA. Evelyn needs to be confined in a facility and Chrissy needs some positive mentoring. Tamar definitely needs a reality check and some prayer.

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    • +1 Yessssss. My thoughts exactly. In reality, it’s all a game of numbers..I guess the publishers felt they they could sell a few more issues by labeling them role models on the cover. Folks don’t give into the hype..

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    • +1 Yessssss. My thoughts exactly. In reality, it’s all a game of numbers..I guess the publishers felt they they could sell a few more issues by labeling them role models on the cover. Folks don’t give into the hype…..

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    • don’t worry people, karma comes back around. all of these messy individuals on television and in the rap industry will regret their ways and how they’ve affected the youth over the years, all in the interest of “gettin paid.”

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  5. “I just don’t think it’s fair to block somebody from getting money.”

    This is the problem. People are WAY TOO willing to throw away every ounce of self-respect, restraint, and decency they have to make a damn dollar. It’s sad.

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    • iQgraphics

      I think the word you are looking for is “Morals”

      “Huh?”, said Chrissy, “Is that bicth trying to get at my Jimmy?”
      “Oh, who does he play for?”, asked Ev
      “Boom-bap-pow” added Tamar

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    • @iQgraphics,

      _______________________FLATLINED___________________

      *DEAD* I’ll meet you in heaven!

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    • This is the problem. People are WAY TOO willing to throw away every ounce of self-respect, restraint, and decency they have to make a damn dollar. It’s sad.

      +1
      Anything for a dollar. A dollar that most of them won’t have for long cause they are running to Barneys to spend it 100 paris of “red bottom” shoes, tacky logo LV bags and expensive cars.

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    • @iQgraphics:

      *chic noir goes to Walmart.com to order casket*

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