After website Power 105.1.com published an explosive headline alluding to the end of Vh-1’s “Basketball Wives,” social media exploded with the news. Unfortunately, many people forgot to actually read the article and the network is shutting down rumors that its cash cow is being put out to pasture.
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HumorMillMag.com reports that it just got a press release stating that “Basketball Wives” has been canceled.
S2S has reached out to VH1 for confirmation, and network rep told said there was no truth to the gossip. In fact, the source had not even heard about the rumor prior.
What the network did confirm is that the season 4 finale of “Basketball Wives” will air on May 28 at 8 p.m. EST. The first half of the two-part reunion will air June 4 at 8 p.m. EST on VH1, and part two will follow on June 11 at 8 p.m. EST.
During the reunion, the ladies will touch on all of the season’s most explosive moments and ongoing dramas, like the infamous bottle-throwing episode.
This comes less than 48 hours after “Vibe” magazine unveiled the cover of its 2012 Sexy Issue, which features reality stars, Chrissy Lampkin, Kandi Burruss, Tamar Braxton and Evelyn Lozada as “your new role models.”
Though it was rather easy to deduce that they meant the title in as sarcastic, disbelieving and traffic-inducing way as possible, critics quickly pounced on the magazine’s “judgment” in labeling these women role models. A quick look at the first page of the article, however, reveals their motive:
“Unfortunately, the majority of these mavens of mayhem are also some of the biggest public representatives for African-American and Hispanic women. While reasonable adults can relish in junk food programming as toffeed guilty pleasure, those same exhibitions pose risks for impressionable youth. How does a parent advocate lady-like decorum when Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Nene Leakes fetches a million dollars per season for misbehaving the most? VIBE opened the floor to four of the genre’s leading ladies and spinoff recipients—Evelyn, Kandi Burruss (Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta), Tamar Braxton (WE tv’s Braxton Family Values) and Chrissy Lampkin (VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop)—in hopes of gaining insight on why these women are handsomely paid to seldom behave.”
What the mayhem surrounding the show suggests is that it’s not only big business to act a fool on national television, it may be even bigger business to criticize the foolishness. They make money, the critics make money; it’s a win-win for everyone. It’s reminiscent of inequality in the African-American community and civil rights leaders such as Rev. Jesse Jackson. They need each other to thrive for the other to exist.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see an empowerment forum tackling “Basketball Wives” on BET sometime in the near future, featuring an array of the most conscious minds that the African-American community has to offer — brought to you by Wal-Mart and McDonald’s.