‘Real Housewives’ Brawl Sparks Response From Civil Rights Group

Apr 22, 2014  •  Post A Comment

A brawl on the Bravo reality show “Real Housewives of Atlanta” has raised concern from the civil rights group ColorOfChange.org, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.

In a statement, the group says the fight demonstrates a “pattern of violent, stereotypical portrayals of Black people across many of Bravo’s Black reality franchises.”

The Sunday reunion episode saw Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams get into a violent physical dispute, the story says. The civil rights group claimed the fight was sparked by a “staged hostile environment,” and is asking Bravo to enact policies similar to the policy VH1 enacted for “Basketball Wives,” with the show having a policy of no excessive physical confrontations, the piece reports.

Arisha Hatch, campaign director for ColorOfChange, told the publication: "We've been in contact with NBCUniversal last week verbally and shared concerns in writing — specifically about this 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' confrontation that was coming up."

THR adds: "Hatch says ColorOfChange is not calling for the cancellation of 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' as the show — violence aside — does contain positive images of African-American women and families."

NBCUniversal didn’t respond to a request for comment for the THR story.

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