“WE CAN’T HOLD THESE WOMEN TO HIGHER STANDARDS THAN OURSELVES.”
Some of you guys may have heard of Carlos King, Producer Extraordinaire. For those of you who have not, let me tell you about this b!tch. The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, and now Hollywood Divas are all masterpieces of this television visionary. When it comes to addressing the stigmas, stereotypes, and standards for black women in reality television, who better to address it than the Queen that made these chicks stars in the first place. I mean honestly, I know y’all don’t expect Joseline Hernandez to be the spokesperson for the movement, and Nene Leakes says “bridemaids”. B!tch i just fell out typing the word “bridemaids” PAUSE I need to catch my breath.
Whether it’s a table-flipping catfight or stinging allegations of a marital affair between castmates, the bar keeps getting raised for reality television year after year. But particularly in the Black community, a chorus of critics have accused shows like Real Housewives of Atlanta and Love & Hip Hop of propagating painful racial stereotypes, especially regarding Black women, in order to drive ratings. In the following open letter written exclusively for BET.com, Carlos King, executive producer of Real Housewives of Atlanta and Hollywood Divas, answers his critics.
I often get asked the question, “Do you have any guilt for perpetuating negative stereotypes of Black women on reality television?” And my answer is always a simple: No. I then always ask myself if my white counterparts get asked the same question, and I highly doubt they do, so why the double standard?
I am beyond blessed to have worked on two of the top reality shows in the history of the world; I executive produced Love & Hip Hop and I am currently the executive producer of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Please take a look at my reality as a Black gay executive producer in Hollywood, and in doing so I hope that you’ll come to understand the difference between being transparent and being stereotypical. Too often individual behavior is implied as a direct reflection for an entire race of people and justified as a stereotype. This is an unfair double standard that I must address. ~ Carlos King
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