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Basketball Wives: Can It Become a (More) Positive Show?

In July 2011, Basketball Wives producer Shaunie O'Neal penned a now-infamous article for CNN defending her show, talking about the fact that she strove for "a positive message despite the drama" and emphasizing the need for balance. At the time, I agreed with O'Neal (I know, right?) regarding her quest for positivity, though ultimately expressed hope that the show could bury its negative attributes and highlight the positives by becoming less fight-heavy and more mindful of each woman's journey. As season four draws to a close almost one year later, has the show made any strides toward balance? And if not, can it ever become a more positive show?

At this point, I don't see Basketball Wives ever becoming a positive show and you can look no further than the interviews, personal statements, and Twitter accounts of the main culprits in making this assumption yourself. Part of making an immense change in attitude, disposition, or lifestyle is accepting your responsibility for the things that have went sour and becoming accountable for your actions; you can't become better without fully understanding what made things worse, nor can you begin the type of personal evolution that Evelyn, Tami, and Shaunie have talked about while continuing to give excuses or qualifiers for your behavior. Rather than admit full culpability, each of these women have made subtle (or not so subtle, in some cases) things to let the audience know that their collective heart just isn't in this kumbaya business. For example, each woman has tweeted (or retweeted) various things about "haters"how successful they are, and an endless array of compliments and insults to the "haters" while never really addressing the issue at hand. Everything they have to say that's apologetic or remotely remorseful for their actions this season comes in carefully worded publicist statements and personal blogs where even then, they're not fully coming clean about how poor their behavior is and how they're going to change. Read More...


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