The Real Star Of VH1′s “Basketball Wives”? Their Husbands’ Money!
When I first heard about VH1’s show “Basketball Wives,” I immediately thought about how bad this show could be. After all, VH1 doesn’t always make it a point to show many of these reality stars in a positive light. But rather than go off on a tangent wondering “Why do I care about the wives of basketball players?” I opted to reserve my judgment until after watching a couple of episodes.
Two weeks have passed and, unfortunately, everything I thought, is true, thus far.
The REAL star of “Basketball Wives” isn’t Shaunie (Shaquille O’Neal’s ex) or Royce (the girl who is banned from being Dwight Howard’s baby mama publicly). The real star of the show is…
The basketball stars’ MONEY!
The show is a smorgasbord of women who try to find strength in each other as wives and girlfriends of basketball stars who play infidelity better than they play the game of basketball. They laugh, they cry, they argue, they party and they do a bunch of other things that if they were “regular” women, nobody would care about.
But what makes the show special is the emphasis on the fine restaurants they eat at, the plush party spots they go to, the expensive shopping sprees they go on. This show does nothing to make you feel sorry for them, thus far. On the contrary, you see women who claim that their lives are in shambles because of their cheating insignificant others but are afforded a lifestyle they truly have no business having if it wasn’t for their rich husbands. This becomes problematic when a show is looking to show a side of women in this industry that is rarely shown.
You don’t hear much about how the women are looking to make their own money and create their own careers. Rather, you see how they spend their basketball husband’s loot on the finer things in life while thrashing them verbally during dinner. The most recent episode featured Antoine Walker’s ex Evelyn Lozada celebrating her 34th birthday (and her independence from her fiancé of ten years) at a plush restaurant. After enjoying an expensive dinner with friends, the spot turns to a club where the ladies celebrate while Royce, the odd girl out, performs a dance routine which Lozada describes as “[her] thrusting her vagina everywhere.”
The episode didn’t feature much more than shopping, partying, cattiness and credits. It really doesn’t do anything to show the women in a different light other than as arm candy gone wrong.
But the basketball wives aren’t the ones solely at fault here. Blame can also be placed on the editors of the show for failing to project these women as businesswomen from the start (of course if that is what they are). Lozada owns a high-end shoe store in Florida. Whether her fiancé upped the loot for it or she worked out her own business deal is not known. Either way, the show neglects to include the important part of who Lozada is outside of a woman scorned looking for liberation from a life of fancy things and shallow love. In a recent interview with the Miami New Times Lozada said this is why she decided to do the show.
“I did the show because I own a high-end shoe store in Coral Gables, Florida (Dulce, at 286 Miracle Mile). To be honest, that was the main reason. I thought it would be a good way to bring publicity to the store.”
She fails to mention anything about the series showing the personal sides of the women who deal with these basketball players. Too bad the show hasn’t included anything about her store yet. As for the other women, we only know them as the wives and girlfriends of basketball players who are pretty much involved in a poor woman’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
“Basketball Wives” will probably end up doing fine, regardless, because of its corny drama and abbreviated look into the lives of pseudo celebs. Another show called “Football Wives” is already on its way, and you can be sure it will be another group of women who end up playing second fiddle to the money their husbands make.
Sooner or later you have to wonder when there will be a show about women who stand on their own without the aid of a rich man. But maybe seeing smart and intelligent women making a way for themselves isn’t what the public wants to see.