Commentary: Is Reality TV Your Reality?

A couple weeks back, I was asked to write an essay about the depiction of Black women on reality TV. I passed on the opportunity because, frankly, I don't watch much television unless it's on HBO. And although it's popular opinion to decry what a trainwreck reality TV is and how scripted TV (and the need for writers) is mostly dead, I won't jump aboard the crowded bandwagon without knowing at least a little current something about what I'm talking about... Here's what you had to say: Anonymous commented: "Most "reality" shows are a cancerous, over dramatic, stereotypical depiction of society." Fancypants wrote: "I actually like "What Chilli Wants." It's the only dating show that I've seen that seems real. She has standards and she sticks to her standards."


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