Feels like nowadays everybody has something to say about the notorious Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion brawl between Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams. Many have said that it was not only a bad representation of African American women, but the entire gender. Those not arguing that rationale? Actresses Tasha Smith and Holly Robinson-Peete, who recently weighed in on the drama.
“I think it was ignorance and a lack of responsibility as women,” Tasha tells Access Hollywood in a sit-down this week. “I don’t believe that this is the energy that we want to resemble for our young women out there.”
Holly agrees with her pal, admitting that at first she was bitter about reality TV taking gigs away from black actresses (“blacktresses” as she calls them), but then, after watching a few seasons, it “started making my stomach hurt” with the drama.
“I watch it with my daughter to show her what not to do,” Tasha reveals. Holly adds that her daughter watches as well, and when the fight occurred, she referred to it as “ratchet.” Well, of course she did!
But the blame for bad representation doesn’t all lie on the RHoA women, says Tasha, and she adds that, “It’s a universal reality show problem.“ And part of the issue, Holly continues, is that these women are voluntarily acting in this manner.
“I know ladies that have not been allowed to be on the show because they refuse to play like this,” the actress discloses. “This is something that they choose to be.”
Hear that Porsha? Though both women feel bad for Porsha and agree that she was “provoked” — and that Andy Cohen should have confiscated the props — they also don’t condone her behavior.
“They should want to be a better example for women. If you are provoked, you walk away … You behave like a lady,” Tasha insists. “All of those women need therapy.”
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Source: Access Hollywood