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Bravo’s “Married To Medicine” premiered last night after “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and the show already has tongues wagging. The latest show in the network’s popular wives series, the program features women doctors, doctors’ wives and medical sales associates all behaving badly. The first episode features a blowout between doctors wives’ Quad and Toya in which Kari, incidentally the only white castmate reveals she was “scared.” Quad’s behavior is attributed to her Memphis upbringing by the other castmates but viewers worry that the fighting and back-stabbing will reflect on black women doctors and wives in general.

To that end, a few Howard University medical students have created a petition against the show, writing:

Black female physicians only compose 1% of the American workforce of physicians. Due to our small numbers, the depiction of Black female doctors in media, on any scale, highly affects the public’s view on the character of all future and current African American female doctors. Bravo’s “Married to Medicine” not only exploits the 6 lives of its Black female cast members, but, through its advertisements and commercials, heavily associates Black females in medicine with materialism, “cat fights”, and unprofessionalism.

The petition also brings to light how negative depictions of black women in medicine could adversely impact job opportunities for doctors of color:

Additionally, as residency positions are becoming increasingly more competitive (particularly for Black women) and contingent upon social behavior of graduating medical students, this depiction will only hinder black female physicians from attaining competitive residencies.

Even viewers who aren’t interested in the medical field were turned off by the castmates bickering and turning their noses up at each other, lamenting how their behavior reflects on black women as well as the city of Atlanta.

However, the show did receive a rave review in The New York Times and ratings appeared to be high, which means Bravo isn’t succumbing to Howard University students’ petition any time soon.

Here’s a preview of last night’s premiere:

What are your thoughts on the show, Clutchettes?

 

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  • tired of petitions

    I wish our culture would quit owning every image out there. This is an entertainment outlet and they are providing just that, entertainment to those who watch. You don’t see the “affluent” gay/lesbian community complaining about the image Lawrence and Derek J are putting out there, You don’t see the “affluent” new jersey community writing a petition about snooki, you don’t see the “well-off” caucasians picketing about ALL the other housewife series that exhibit far more “ratchet” behavior than this show. I agree that some of the people on this show have some personalities I would not associate with the “medical community” but if all the women were the stereotypical image of a doctor’s wife, I wouldn’t watch and I doubt ratings would be as high.

    • Selina

      You must be one of their family members or friend. No one is trying to “own” every image out there. In the show, THEY brag about how there is a standard of being a “doctors wife”…so what are YOU talking about? That was just inappropriate and uncalled for! Mariah and her family was upset that Toya was talking about her husband not being her daughters biological father…ummmm everybody knows he’s not her real dad because MARIAH stated it on the show!!! it was not necessary to physically fight over Toya stating that. Mariah should not have put her hands on Toya…then Quad trying to jump in and Mariah’s mom hitting her on the head! I hope Toya file charges!

  • I concur wholeheartedly; black females have always had to struggle against negative images;that’s not going to change anytime soon. High ratings vs. a petition; guess which one will win out.

  • Jacqueline Kimbrough

    Iam proud to see the female doctors show dignity.This proves that some of us have it and some don’t.

  • Brenna

    This show is just sad on soooo many levels and totally embarrassing. The Howard students are absolutely right.

    • GETALIFE

      Get a life. Shame on those for getting too emotionally involved. It’s a show and people depict who they are. Albeit I am an African-American female, I do not consider these women to represent me or my voice. I do a good job of representing myself and I gain respect from people based on how I carry myself. Shame on those who assumed because these women were “doctor’s wives” that the environment wouldn’t be lugubrious. That just goes to show that no matter what walk of life one is from they can still be pejorative in nature. Having “class” is a behavior/manners that is a representative emulated by very few.

  • Selina

    Married to Medicine is so embarrassing! Black women have a high percentage of being single and the ONE that is married to a non black man meets ALL the stereotypes of how society view us – loud, 2 faced, late! I’m so disappointed in Mariah showing up LATE to her OWN party AND fighting AT HER HUSBANDS party! GHETTO!!! Grown professional women fighting and then Mariah’s mom hitting Toya in the head! Now grownups are “jumping” girls like the gang members do??? This was one reality show that I THOUGHT would be ok for my 15 year old daughter to watch!!! I was so proud of the thought of the show with professional black women and men but NOW I’M SO ASHAMED! I cried when that fight scene happened! I was so embarrassed for my daughter to see that!