A Change.org petition has already pulled the plug on the Oxygen reality show All My Babies’ Mamas, and now a new online petition is calling for the cancellation of Bravo’s forthcoming series Married to Medicine.
A group of Howard University College of Medicine students started the protest and say that the series, which follows the lives of prominent Black women doctors and doctor’s wives in the Atlanta, will “leave the stain of unprofessionalism and cattiness on the image of Black female doctors for years to come,” reports Madame Noire.
“For the sake of integrity and character of black female physicians, we must ask that Bravo immediately remove and cancel Married to Medicine from its channel, website, and any other media,” it reads. “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.
The petition urges Bravo to cancel the series and states that shows like this make it difficult for Black women to make it in the medical field. “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.”
In continues, “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. In a time when doctors are being held to very high standards by the public and each other, it is unfathomable for such a depiction of medicine and black women to be broadcast on TV where it will be inevitably available for years to come, on the internet and through other media outlets.”
Married to Medicine is scheduled to premiere on March 24th.
Do you think the show will shed a positive or negative light on Black, female doctors? View the petition here.