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While the ratings for Real Housewives of Atlanta may be breaking Bravo records each week, some are saying that it might not be for good reasons. When Cynthia Bailey and hubby (and seventh Housewife?) Peter Thomas stopped by The Big Tigger Show on Atlanta’s V103 radio station earlier this week, they were put on the spot about some assertions that the show has turned “ratchet” in its sixth season.

“There are some negative connotations that come up when you talk about the reality shows, particularly the black reality shows,” the host begins, before adding, “Even though Real Housewives has a great viewership, some people say that the viewership is that way because it’s ‘ratchet’ or ‘setting a bad example for black women.’”

From there Cynthia was asked to answer to those criticisms, and instead of slinging mud at her fellow Housewives (Kenya Moore, anyone?), she instead chose to focus on her own actions.

“I can only speak for myself,” Cynthia explains. “I definitely make every effort to handle myself with class, with integrity. I am one woman. I can’t be responsible for how the other ladies choose to carry themselves. I think I do a pretty decent job of representing myself well.”

We think so, too! As does Peter, who interjects to point out that his wife has never resorted to four-letter-words in her on-air conversations — no matter how much she probably wanted to.

“You know, she never curses on the show,” the Atlanta businessman clarifies. “In four seasons, she has never said the f-bomb, h-bomb, none of them.”

But supermodel Cynthia wants to make it clear that she’s not perfect — she just knows how to handle herself in public.“It’s not like I don’t cuss. Of course I curse. But you have to realize that we inspire a lot of young girls on our show … Regardless of how I am behind the scenes, I really try to represent myself in a positive light when it comes to the show."

Good for you, girl! Sure, the drama is a big part of why viewers come back season after season, but if we didn’t have a voice of reason like Cyn to balance it all out, things would turn into a hot mess — and not in a good way.

What do you think of Cynthia’s response? Do you think this season has gotten out of hand? Tell us in the comments below.


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