Update- Real Housewives of Atlanta dominates the Bravo TV franchise, despite it’s heavy dose of drama New Jersey housewives have nothing on the Atlanta ladies.
When you think of Real Housewives of Atlanta the words drama, NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak likely come to mind. In the season 4 opener the ladies scored the highest season opener of all the shows within the franchise and bested their own season 3 premiere by 20%! And of course the episode did not end without incident. This time it was between NeNe Leakes and Sheree Whitfield, read more on that here. But despite their record breaking ratings, Kandi Burruss wishes black people supported the show without the heavy dose of criticism. She tells Hello Beautiful:
“Before I even joined the show everybody was talking about how it brought down the image of black people and black women. But I always tell people when you come on a reality show you’re not trying to represent for a whole race, you’re just doing you.”
She continues, “Yes, it does play into the stereotype of what people say black women are with the neck popping, finger rolling or whatever but I don’t feel like it’s any different than the New Jersey Housewives where it’s mostly Italian Americans on there… It’s a whole lot of hot headed Italians on that show but I don’t see their communities saying, ‘Oh, they’re not representing us Italian Americans correctly or they’re not representing white women correctly.”
“I feel like we as black people can be very critical of our own race and I don’t even think it should be a thing of “How are they representing us?” Guess what? If you had a camera on you for six months and they taped as much as they wanted to tape and edited it down, I’m sure they’re going to have some moments where you’re showing out too.”
Watch the full clip below. As stated above the Real Housewives of Atlanta is the most watched series within the franchise and a recent study states the majority of that traffic comes from teenagers girls!! Perhaps Kandi should be more concerned about that…