Pop Culture Critique


On the show Basketball Wives season 4,  Tami, one of the main characters on the show who shares a central role on the Television show, she had the most drama and went through different issues with her daughter’s father finally owning up to his children. As most audience would describe her would probably be as “Ghetto,” dramatic, violent, and blunt which would automatically make the audience categorize Black women to be like that. Tami is a middle- aged women whom was once married to a professional basketball player. In my opinion she can be described as blunt because she lets people know exactly how she feels regarding any situation she approaches. The show’s setting takes place in Miami,FL. The main characters in the show are Shaunie, Evelyn, Tami, Kesha, Royce, Jennifer, Suzie, and Kenya. The theme of this show is about ex-girlfriends,wives and current girlfriends that have had an encounter with NBA basketball players. The way this small group of women carry and deal with different issues with each other is quite interesting, depending on different issues within the group they get into verbal or sometimes physical fights. The show represents issues of race because most of the women in the show appear to be Black and  as well as Puerto Rican. The gender of the characters in this show are all females and are all wealthy as well as glamorous by the illusion of  “reality TV.” The way the audience portrays Tami because of her behavior and the way she acts in front of the camera gives out the idealization of how people think of Black women to be as in being loud,outspoken and blunt. The culture of this show is very urban and glamorous at the same time. Although the obstacles Tami faced throughout the show her attitude and how she decided to go to anger management towards the end of the show due to personal issues benefited her a lot as a women. Not only was her attitude really bad, but the way she resolved her issues was on another level, battery was always the solution for her.The codes might be different if a person of a dominant gender played the characters in this show it would be nothing different from if women were to be played in this show because in my opinion I think men are just as realistic towards one another just as women are. Not only do I think men are more scandalous than women but as for other realistic facts I believe they are more violent and tend to always resolve their issues by fighting. As for the dominant race if they were to portray the characters in the show as lets just say the ethnicity would be Caucasian it wouldn’t change as much because it’ll be as dramatic. Class shouldn’t really be portrayed but if it was I feel like it would be very vulgar and women from the opposite class can be more violent more than most of the women in this show kind of are already. Sexuality wise I feel like it would be entertaining because of the way it people would view the show just because of the sexuality the characters would be. Audience would never imagine to tune in to a show from different sexualities. The symbols do challenge the “controlling images” created about Black Women because of how the women in this show act.  As for Tami is much older than most of the women but she still isn’t afraid to let people know how she feels and what is going through her head. As for the “controlling images” I believe that Tami portrays that really well just because she is very loud,outspoken, and is to real which most people tend to critique Black women in being like that. It’s wrong for people to do that because just as any individual just because your race can be categorized as a certain personality trait that doesn’t mean you’re going to be like that. Yes, some men do seem to speak poorly of Black women and insult them and call them: “ghetto,” outspoken,loud, and violent, some of those characteristics don’t all match all Black women. In this show it showed how women on the show can get out of control but as well makes audiences believe that since most of the cast in this show are Black women it instantly makes them create their own opinions. If a foreigner was to first watch this show and not really now how African-American women act in the U.S they would instantly get scared of Black women and start thinking this image that isn’t really like that due to all the vulgar language and violence in the show. The reason I chose to analyze the show Basketball Wives was because I found it interesting how the pop culture in this show is so unrealistic and over dramatic. For some of the men I believe that if they were to be in the shoes of the cast it would be very dramatic and scandalous because as men they would have more issues on to who they would be sleeping with and cheating with. Men don’t seem to realize that they can be just as bad as the make women be. It shouldn’t matter upon the skin color or race but in some shows they degrade Black women as the “nanny” or the “ghetto” girl just because of the stereotype they have. Stereotypes aren’t always correct and I personally feel like it depends on the person to portray who they want to be. The power structure due to “white patriarchal capitalist supremacy,” has a lot to do with black women because of their color sometimes, even if they’re light skinned they tend to have more power than the dark skinned women which is sad because as long being of a lighter shade people will treat you differently rather than of being of a darker shade people will automatically start judging based on being bias.



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