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Actors Michael Jai White and Tasha Smith don’t plan to buy into the Reality TV craze anytime soon. During a luncheon at the OWN Network, the co-stars of “For Better or Worse,” shared their thoughts on popular reality TV shows, and it wasn’t pretty.

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Here’s what they had to say, when asked about the reality TV takeover, via Vibe Vixen:

Michael Jai White: “I just don’t have time, I don’t know what’s going on with the whole reality thing…I hope it burns out.”

Tasha Smith: “I know bad and good acting, and some of these reality TV shows have some of the worst actors I’ve ever seen in my life. For us to love acting as much as we do, reality shows aren’t our preferences, we don’t see the talented actors on TV as much as we did 10, 15, and 20 years ago. So we aren’t going to be the advocate for reality shows.”

MJW: “There seems to be a mandate to dumb down society, the lowest common denominator, and the most ignorant among us has the floor.”

TS: “I feel like black women have it worse on reality shows. I want to represent a black woman that’s going to inspire and encourage and not call women b*tches, hoes, and speak to each other that is so damaging to each others soul. It breaks my heart the way I see women communicating with each other on these reality shows. […] We cannot be apart of the propaganda to tear down one another and tear down who we are as people—we’re working for a woman [Oprah] who is a black woman who has worked her butt off and shown nothing but self-respect, encouragement, and empowerment over the last 3 decades and now we want to sit there and do those kind of shows. I can’t wait for someone to have an awakening because I am devastated by it.”

Do you agree with their opinion on Reality TV, Clutchettes? Will it take an awakening for the trend to shift? Or will people have to stop tuning into reality TV for networks to stop producing it?

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  • SE

    Well I watch reality TV and I don’t have a problem with it. I watch Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, Basketball Wives, Married to Medicine, RHWOA, etc, etc. If it makes me laugh, I’ll watch. And no, I’m not ignorant or ratchet just because I watch these shows either. It’s just pure entertainment for me. These women do not represent me in any shape or form.

    And another thing, I can’t believe what Ms. Tasha said about the portrayal of black women in reality shows when she pretty much does the same thing on her show. It’s a bit hypocritical if you ask me.