Damn Chad Ochocinco, What’s Wrong With The Sistas?
When Chad Ochocinco‘s VH1 reality dating show “The Ultimate Catch” debuted on Sunday evening, some were up in arms as Ochocinco began chopping down the field of 85 women to 16. It was immediately noticeable that the women being cut were of the darker complexion. By the end of the first episode, Ochocinco’s “team” featured more white and Latina women than African-Americans. The question of whether or not the star football player was “colorstruck” was raised on a number of message boards.
Colorstruck: To have an aversion to someone’s skin color; usually used in the African-American community, especially in the Southern U.S.
This question has followed the Miami-born wideout for a little while now. Whether or not it’s actually true is up for debate. But judging by the response after “The Ultimate Catch” aired on VH1 Sunday evening, many feel Ochocinco is just like many other athletes who opt for a lighter shade of companion once they “make it.” It’s a troubling topic with no correct answer. Some say it is a matter of preference, while others feel companions are selected based on their color so they have an easier time “fitting in.” Either way, “The Ultimate Catch” brought the topic back up on a number of message boards and blog posts across the Internet.
A few gossip websites reported Ochocinco made sure he selected blonds, brunettes and Latinas while sending home many of the sistas that tried out for the show. Rumor had it the producers encouraged Ochocinco to have a more balanced variety of women of all ethnicities, but Ochocinco insisted he go with what he selected—which initially included no women of African-American descent—and later relented. But who really knows the “reality” of the situation, right? Reality TV is about as real as Lil Kim‘s physical features. But I digress.
While preference should absolutely be that particular individual’s decision, it proved to be troubling to many viewers who feel Ochocinco was shunning black women even though he has four black children and their mother is also black.
“What kind of example are you setting for your children,” chimed in one commenter.
And that’s where it certainly does get interesting. Ochocinco is of darker complexion and his family is also darker complected. Could something like this have an adverse affect on his children moving forward? Will they begin to look into the mirror and wonder “What’s wrong with me?” if their father opts for a lighter shade of woman rather than show an affinity for women who are of darker complexion?
How do you feel about the cast of the show? Is it indicative of the “colorstruck” issue that has plagued the African-American community for years? Or are people simply overreacting?