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Why Aren’t VH1′s Basketball Wives Actual Wives?

Submitted by on December 22, 2010 – 10:00 am5 Comments
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As we enter Season 2 of VH1′s Basketball Wives it is apparent the only thing this show is good for is watching women bicker constantly. But one thing the show is completely devoid of is women who are actually happily married.

With the exception of Jennifer—who is barely married to Eric Williams—one has to be curious as to why this show is called Basketball Wives rather than Unhappy Ex-Wives and Girlfriend of Basketball Players. Everyone is grumpy and unhappy. If they aren’t having relationship woes, they’re at odds with one another and prove that 30 is the new 20 when it comes to maturity.

While it appears that Shaquille O’Neal‘s ex-wife Shaunie created the show to give some insight into the lives of the women who are behind NBA players, the manner in which these women are portrayed is just ridiculous. It certainly isn’t empowering—these women just look lost and trying to find themselves after leaving their multimillionaire husbands and boyfriends. Sadly, the fact that they were once married is the only reason most of these women are able to afford the lifestyles they surround themselves in.

It isn’t as if these are self-made women, at least, that isn’t how they are framed on the reality show. Every last one of them (with the exception of Real World Season One veteran and ex-wife of Kenny Anderson, Tami) soaked up the financial security of their husbands and use it to make them appear important. If that’s not the case, they probably shouldn’t have done this show.

Whose fault is it? Well, after season one aired, if any of them had a problem with how they were portrayed, they shouldn’t have come back for season two. It’s obvious they enjoy the limelight they’re in now because of the show. No matter what they say or do, the fact remains, none of them are happily married and take part in a show that does nothing for the women who are happily married to NBA players. In fact, it acts like they don’t even exist. And that’s a problem in itself.

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