Beyond Boycotting: Star Jones Calling High-Profile Women To Take A Stand Against ‘BBW’

April 26, 2012  |  

Source: Poptower.com

The blow Nia Crooks took to Jen’s face on ‘Basketball Wives’ is really becoming the slap heard around the reality TV world because it seems to be the final straw in four seasons of frustration over the VH1 franchise.  We told you about the grassroots campaign to stop Chad and Evelyn’s new spinoff yesterday but media personality Star Jones said she’s taking things a step further by putting together a group of women to tell the truth about women of color in the media. Here’s what she had to say about the show when she went off about it on Twitter:

“It may be ‘comfortable’ to be quiet when women of color slap the crap out of each other & run across tables barefoot, but #ENOUGHisENOUGH

“About to put together a group of sisters to finally ‘tell the truth’ about the image of women of color in the media,” Star, said, adding that she had just had a pow wow with Black Girls Rock! creator, Beverly Bond.

“And the thought that the woman from #BBW who was smacked doesn’t have the RIGHT to file assault charges is LUDICROUS! You NEVER give up your right not to have your ‘person’ intentionally assaulted unless you are participating in an agreed physical activity.”

Shortly after, Star switched gears a little bit to talk about rap music and the poor messages it sends about women, then she wrapped it all up with a call to action from women who feel the same.

“Then we have music filled with misogyny, self-hate & WOMEN calling THEMSELVES Bs and Hs & white rappers are using the N word.

“…little black girls deserve more than what we’re giving! It sickens me @lov3lylina85 when young sis think that behavior is acceptable. U can’t get a REAL JOB acting like an animal

“I’m asking all my high profile, platform having conscientious sisters who STAND FOR SOMETHING to just say #ENOUGHisENOUGH & call folk out! Be mad. But think about what I said. WE ARE BETTER than that. You’re either part of the problem or part of the solution.”

With Star Jones and Beverly Bond behind this initiative, and Sherri Shepherd who has spoken out against BBW several times, this coalition really could gain wings. Shaunie and VH1 might be getting more than they bargained for.

What do you think about Star’s words? Is this coalition necessary?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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