Last night, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” Season 5 premiered on Bravo. I was one of many who turned from the inspiring “Black Girls Rock” show on BET to tune into the mud-slinging, cat-fighting and ish-talking that characterizes Bravo’s hit TV show.

The first episode of the season delivered a heavy dose of drama with a series of confrontations between enemies (Kenya Moore and Cynthia Bailey’s claws were out at a casting call for Jet Magazine‘s Beauty of the Week) and frenemies (Kim Zolciak criticized Kandi Burress’ new house, ironically while the former faces eviction). Many viewers laughed, discussed and fervently watched. There was criticism of the characters for their behavior, specifically Kenya Moore, but few addressed the network airing the show.

Roland Martin raised an interesting point, tweeting:

Martin’s perspective is fascinating. When networks that serve black audiences, like TV One or BET, dip their toe in trashy reality television, audiences are quick to chide them for being morally reprehensible. Does the same standard apply to networks like Bravo, MTV and VH1?

Speak on it, Clutchettes. Is there a double standard for black television networks?

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-Jeannine R. Cole

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  • Shawnie

    I don’t feel ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ is a representation of African Americans; just like ‘Jersey Shore’ or the ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ are not representations of Italian Americans. I love to watch these shows because they are a break from reality (pun intended). I was talking about the new season of ‘RHWOA’ with my co-worker from DISH, and we are both excited for the new season. I really liked the first episode, although I think there is something strange about Kenya Moore I’m going to keep watching. I’ve already set my Hopper from DISH to record the rest of the season, and with all the DVR recording room I’m going to record my other favorite ‘Housewives’ shows without using up much space. We should just take these shows at face value, and if you don’t like it you can always change the channel.

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