Is It Too Late? VH1 Promises No (More) Excessive Physical Confrontations on Basketball Wives

60 Comments
May 14, 2012 ‐ By

Source: Bossip.com

VH1 and Shed Media may be a day late and several dollars short now that viewers and advertisers have started to pull out of “Basketball Wives” and the “Chad and Ev” spinoff. The Change.org petition to boycott the shows is now up to just under 26,000 signatures and news that Summer’s Eve has pulled out of the series has finally prompted the companies behind the shows to respond—even if they are lying.

On VH1’s blog, the network and its parent company promised the violence would end, or at least slow down, on the next season Here are the statements from both entities.

From Shed:

“Shed Media US is fully committed to telling the compelling stories of the Basketball Wives in a balanced way. Our producing partner Shaunie O’Neal feels strongly about this, and we fully agree with this stance. We support her as she encourages the cast members to work out issues in a non-violent fashion. We look forward to working with her and the rest of the cast on conveying more balance in the next season.”

From VH1:

“Our viewers opinions always matter a great deal to us at VH1. Lately, there has been a lot of conversation about Basketball Wives, a series featuring strong, intelligent women with very passionate viewpoints which can sometimes escalate.

“We at VH1 agree with and support Shaunie and the show producers’ “no excessive physical confrontations” policy on the series moving forward. We are all committed to balancing the candid, bold excitement that the viewers have come to love in the series with storylines and representations they can be proud of. Shaunie has been a strong advocate for a more balanced approach to the show and we, along with our producing partners at Shed Media, are all in agreement about moving forward with that goal.”

Anyone want to take a guess at what that excessive qualifier means? At the very least, it suggests there will still be some form of violence on the show, which I have a feeling most protestors will not go for.

During the “Basketball Wives” reunion taping this weekend, Shaunie was also asked for her thoughts on the situation and she made a similar promise about cutting down on the violence and she also says she and the producers take responsibility for the backlash she receives—although she makes it seem as though she’s been advocating for this change of heart all along.

Check out her clip and tell us if you’re buying her spiel. Do you think VH1 and Shed will really listen to viewers for the next season or are they blowing smoke?

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

More on Madame Noire!

More from Styleblazer

More from Mommynoire

MadameNoire Video

Comment Disclaimer: Comments that contain profane or derogatory language, video links or exceed 200 words will require approval by a moderator before appearing in the comment section. XOXO-MN
  • sportstalk23

    whatever Nostrils you and Shed can have a seat shouldnt be any violence at all on any of these shows same for Love and Hiphop that trash can go to. She overplayed her hand by having that no edges assistant on the show who slapped Jen she is not part of the cast, she had no business being there. You had beef with Jen handle it on your time. Nostrils O’Neal figured bringing that tacky broad would hype everybody up it was the opposite it blew up. Tami and the Evil one are unbalanced and Motormouth Suzi needs to go because she stays running her mouth about everything said in her presence, thats why she’s getting dragged on twitter and elsewhere now lol.

  • http://twitter.com/prfectisshe myprfectimprfections

    i still would like to see the show but just tone down the drama some. 

  • Black Mamba

    What i want to know is where is Royce’s blog about this episode?

  • Black Mamba

    What i want to know is what exactly does Tami consider bullying. She screams from the rooftops that she is not a bully BUT is quick to turn around and say the fans are bullys for calling her out on her nasty ways. It doesn’t feel nice, right Tami? Big difference is you can simply turn off your twitter or your facebook, but Keisha never had a chance to switch your big mouth off. You deserve everything thats coming to you

  • lou

    The media feels the only way for a black woman to be portrayed as strong and interesting is for them to cuss each other out  fight and pull weave hair out. We strong black women are tired of this nonsense. We are not like that, these women are not married at all.   the bottom line for ms. shanie is money. She is not the example that should be portrayed as a strong executive. She sits there like everything stinks and encourages her cast mates to act a fool. all for a paycheck.

  • Tsk

    Wow. A mammogram and a birthday party were the positives of the whole season, and the rest were simply “rough spots”?? Right.

  • Quijnel

    ….. She released a statement after last season like this.

  • Glendam816

    “If you want to know what you dislike about yourself and have likely disowned, simply look at what annoys you about the people (or person) who come into your life. Look into the mirror they provide.” Radical Forgivness by Colin Tipping.

  • Glendam816

    “If you want to know what you dislike about yourself and have likely disowned, simply look at what annoys you about the people (or person) who come into your life. Look into the mirror they provide.” Radical Forgivness by Colin Tipping.

  • 2manykidz

    Shaunie loves the drama and the fighting. She does little to stop it and often subtly instigates it. She was not even offended when she was almost hit with a wine bottle by Evelyn. I am over this show and  do not think they could do anything to make me tune in again; I say way too little too late! I voted to end this show! 

  • Murky

    Even Head Bully in charge, Nene fr RHOA has toned herself down. She’s smart tho. Look at her on Glee now and getting other gigs. 

  • Murky

    We all know “reality” tv is fake but some of them like BBW have become too violent. The worst are Evelyn and Tammy. They are not cute at all. I feel sorry for Jen for allowing that fake chica to bully her like that! i ddnt watch this season at all and only caught a few episodes total. Find another way to make your money “ladies”.

  • Murky

    This chica Evelyn needs to come off like NOW for assaulting Jen and talking ish abt Jen wanna be light like her. huh?? ho sit down!

    • Bella

      What? When did she say that?

    • Bella

      What? When did she say that?

  • Sookiiee

    wow photoshop is amazing lol

  • kansasgirl

    You know what, I’m watching Basketball Wives tonight and I truly think that this is the LAST night that I will be watching until they (and I use this to refer to Shaunie) does something about the message that she is sending to not only the world but young women of color.
    See I intially began watching the show in support of programming rush supported women of color however the intent has changed.
    I speak as a former fan of the franchise now I am in support of its cancellation and any other shows that Shed Media and Shaunie does until they begin to rethink their messages.
    Shaunie, please start to acknowledge your role in this. Speaking of the May 14th episode you sat there and watched Tami rip into one of the cast members and not once did your conscious take over and pull “your girl aside” and say maybe you should rethink how you are coming across.
    Shanuie you are a mother are you REALLY telling your children that if they can’t communicate with others or if they are mad that hitting, cursing and yelling is ok? In the words of Tamar ” get your life”.

  • Mella1207

    Shaunie you just have too many unresolved issue’s from high school I suspect, along with Tammie, and 
    Evelyn. You guys are sick and just don’t know it. You three are straight up BULLY THUGS. Do it make you feel good to be have someone scared and running from you all. I was bullied when I was a little girl in the 1st and 2nd grade by 3 boys in my class. I would run home as fast as I could to avoid them from pulling my hair or hitting me. It all came back while watching you guys. Your show is not  positive for no one. It’s rather sad. I can understand how some people have resolved to killing themselves or the one who’s doing the bulling. Lucky for me my neighbor daughter who was in a upper grade walked me to and from school and spoke to the teacher. Think if you or your child was being bullied. It’ hateful and cruel. You all have too much time on on hand. With aids,cancer,high employment, all the bad things going on in this world there’s so many positive things you all could be doing. Shame on you all.

  • LadyLark

    In answer to the title yes yes and more yes! Its over n done but the heartache lives on…I didn’t even read this and I’m done w/them.punto.period.

  • Dtshirt4u

    Strong intelligent women don’t act like that, now VH1 is insulting our intelligence. The show has run it’s course and now it is an insult to Black women.

  • Donna

    These “women” have lost their damn minds. I am watching the show right now in utter amazement. All of them act like juveniles. Suzie has a big mouth & is ALWAYS running her mouth; Tammi, you really need to take a good look @ herself. You are an a** ! Evilyn… Never liked her & see no redeeming qualities in her. Shaunie, puppet master & ring leader. Really Suzie ?! Kesha owes Tammi an apology ?! Really ?! I am now officially done with this show. There is nothing that can be done to undo the negativity.

  • britt

    Whatever Vh1/Shed Media…not gonna hold my breath.   I’ll believe it when I see it!

  • Trini12

    I’m starting to believe that I’m the only person in the world who doesnt follow the show…..I’ve only seen random episodes via being at someone’s house that’s watching it. I know most of the characters names solely by the blogs and gossip sites….

  • Rah Truth

    Shaunie is trying her best to play the part….but it’s not working. If she was truly bothered by the behavior, then why does she just sit there and say/do nothing when the other women are cursing, fighting, throwing things, etc… She sits there unphased. I don’t buy it. 

    • Yeah….OK

      Thank u she’s the head of the show and can tell these women when they can film and not film and when they are FIRED…. Yet she does nothing to stop people from being physically injured on set????? Yeah ok, I guess we are stupid she sat there and let evelyn throw plates ad bottles all over a restaurant yet she has pushed for positive filming??????????

  • Ms_Mara

    Too little too late. Nobody really cares anymore.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501851643 Soncel’ra Bankston

    The ring leader in all the fights have been who??????EVELYN! So if you wanna cut down the violence, cut out the cause. She did it with everybody on the show EXCEPT for Shaunie.  She is marrying someone who has told her it’s only because she is a freak, and he plays for the NFL and not the NBA. 
    Frankly, I doubt it will change because Shaunie has some kind of a** kisser in Evelyn. 

  • Jessjanet32

    I stopped watching the show a while ago so it really doesn’t matter to me one way or the other, but I’m inclined to believe this is just a PR move by Shaunie and nothing more due to all of the recent backlash. If there had been no petition or any of that, I doubt she would be taking this ‘action.’ 

    • Jessjanet32

      And also, if this is true and they are in fact being sincere about their future intentions, then I wouldn’t be surprised if their ratings took a significant nosedive. People like to see all of that fighting and arguing and other nonsense. I’m sure I’m in the minority who doesn’t. 

      • Yeah….OK

        I mean it’s funny, but mostly funny cus these hos to old for this sh1t…. I know that’s why I’m laughing… It’s rediculous and they think the public is laughing with them when they jump on people but actually we are laughing at how stupid they look…. Like some clowns performing in a circus.

  • guestdfw

    I never had to slap someone to prove my point. I strongly believe in working it out but when I am done there is nothing left to say. Tami and Eve need to take anger management and advance conflict resolution and therapy. You can’t be over 30 and not have your emotions in check.

  • Michelle17

    Quick question: What about Bad Girls Club? Can I get her to jump on the nonsense that is on that show as well? 

    • Bluekissess

      Start a petition and I’ll sign it. A petition for BBW should be a stepping stone for other shows

  • Bella

    “We are all committed to balancing the candid, bold excitement that the viewers have come to love in the series with storylines and representations they can be proud of.”
    What was stopping you from taking this route in the first place? Oh yeah, I forgot – exploiting stereotypes of black women for money is too tempting to turn away from. Saying this though, most shows where the majority of the cast are black people, someone is gonna get stiffed, which is why we should NEVER support shows like this.

  • Bluekissess

    Umm how about they start by hiring BASKETBALL WIVES… if it’s the same cast next season then NO I won’t be watching. I think the producers should think about the premise of the show and work from there. REAL WIVES, REAL STORIES & REAL STRUGGLES about being a BBW

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8210721 Joy Kamille

    You don’t get a redo. The season already exposed these women as having poor character. Whether coerced or not, they chose this behavior and now we are supposed to stay tuned to watch them clean up their act. Just give the work to people who deserve it. I’m not saying you can’t have conflict but nobody likes a straight bully.

    • ieshapatterson

      lol good advice.this is something that Evelyn NEEDS to hear.too bad she has the whole-it’s my way or i punch/cuss you out attitude,she’s in her early 40’s and still acts like she’s in high school.heck,i know people i high school and have more decorum and common sense then she EVER will. 

  • Hoyd90

    this show is not a positive look and idts no fun…lala show has more fun things going on and showing her dtrue life and dealings with her cus n friends its good entertainment  anyway i was really expecting some real life basketbal wives that had truy been married and engaged to some real basketball men to see the life styles that they lived dthat would have been more apporiate than all this stupid stuff what turn me away fro dthe show wasw went evelyn jumped across the table at her age that was disgusting and that girl that slap jen what was that …it did it for me they too old for this childlike stuff..grow up..pls excuse spelling lol

  • awet

    Maybe if Shaunie had to attempted to sincerely stop one fight, altercation, or confrontation on the actual show,  her statement would be more believable!

    • Yeah….OK

      Thank U that statement doesn’t hold water when all she does is laugh when tami and Evelyn cussing and picking people in the face…. Maybe the scenes she’s claims she promoted non violence were cut…. :/

  • Me

    I love these people who bash this show, but know every detail because they keep watching it! Bottom line is, as long as folks watch they are gonna keep acting like fools. I just say take it for what it is – a TV show that entertains millions of people – and work to create positive images of black women in REAL life for our young people to see. Why is nobody ever discussing that?

    • <3

      Your first line — EXACTLY.

  • RealTruth

    Now these bums are supposed to sprout wings!Shut down this garbage , send these idiots back to the zoo where they belong with Shauie leading the pack and use that money  for Anti-Bullying ads without this class of clowns being involved.

  • kiesh

    Oh please. If people really cared about the ridiculousness of the show they’d just stop watching. Like I always say, NOBODY would watch or talk about the show if all these women did was sit and hug it out all day. The only thing driving the ratings is the drama and the fights. These chicks want to stay relevant and keep those per episode paychecks coming in so they bring the drama for camera time. I wish people would stop acting like they REALLY care about the negativity. The show has more viewers than most other Vh1 shows so yall are watching and eating that ish up.

    • Yeah….OK

      Honestly i think it would have been interesting of they actually told the hardships of dating ands marrying b ball players in a true and unfiltered light, raw and uncut…. I think that’s what we all thought this was going to be. However they have these fake scripted stories… Casting hoes that can’t talk about they baller I.e. Royce and others that have NOTHING. To talk about…. And sit around and fight about twitter and Facebook all day… Honestly that’s not what being a basketball wife is about I don’t think…. So understandably the show and fights get ratings but if they were actually talking about what we all thought they were going to I think it would have been a good show….

  • imjussaying

    Shaunie needs to take responisbility for the editing.  Just because there is violence does not mean the producers have to show it. 

    • Yeah….OK

      Thank u as one of the heads she can’t tell them they won’t be filmed if they can’t control ther anger when the go to these settings!?!? I’m confused and she knows when situations are escalating since she’s usually in the middle…. And she claims no control until now??? O ok… SHAUNIE girrrrrrrrrrrlllllllllll…..

  • Lesy

    Let me say this I love drama on tv. But the reason we love is when its with a build up. Lines really are crossed. And the anger or issue has some validity. That is why Season 1 was good. The buildup with Gloria. She was not ratting on her family. Shaunie however were friends with them. THe melt down at the dinner table was epic becuase though they parted and ended friendships alot was shared that was relatable and genuine. No fights were done. Everyone had a valid statement and point. Now its boring, childish and it is bullying. They find couging offensive. If you too quiet, if you call the police on the person who stole your purse, if you said a woman who sleeps around is loose, if you dont want to swim with sharks, if you say I dont wnat to be apart of this project, If you asks questions ……etc. Its petty. Its draining …. Bye. Come bakck when can add character depth.

  • CA Pullen

    For some twisted reason, I don’t believe it at all.  It is going to last a short time. Once the rating go down they are going to come up with some kind of foolishness that they need to take it up a notch and these women will be stupid enough to do.  Shaunie just needs to quit while she is ahead.  I call it a bunch of junk.

    • Monicabarbara

      People thought it was crazy enough the first season…..they took it to over the top trash when they figured the audience wanted them to stoop so low. These characters do not reflect intelligent business women. They are wanna be talentless and tacky. Go away please.

  • Mz.LadyNip

    I stopped watching the show after that chick with the bad weave slapped Jennifer and Evelyn jumped on the table I was too thru after that. The only reason I see them being mad at Jenn is because she dont want to be friends with them anymore. Heck can you blame her? 

  • Sweetrose78

    Honestly, one of the reasons I watched BBW was for the drama…and fighting. It has gotten a little old now, I mean these are 30, to mid 40-yr old women fighting because of petty things, and it seems to be an every episode thing. I mean they can promise all they want, but unless they want real change I suggest they get rid of some of the big troublemakers on the show. If not, that promise will be worth nothing.

  • Pingback: VH1 Promises No More Physical Confrontations On BBW | Majic 102.3()

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susan-Smith/100002471697988 Susan Smith

    Shaunie first statement about 10 days ago was that  Ev was a little bit of a bully but Tami wasn’t…Shaunie is for Shaunie not anyone one else….its all about the cheese for her!

  • J.Denise

    LMBOOOOOOOO!!!! Their well is about to run dry now they’re trying to do damage control and Shaunie is the head instigator… girl, bye!

  • greygoose125

    Time to shutter the BBW franchise, as the audience has left the building. People are tired of watching the antics of almost wives, ex-girlfriends and jumpoffs – time for Shaunie and company to move along to their next money making hustle.

  • IllyPhilly

    YES, it’s waaaay too late!! It’s what’s become the expected. The show will be cancelled. SMH after 4 seasons though. 

    • LadyLark

      yeah that was too many seasons, I agree. I’m also disappointed in myself that I supported 2 and 3/4th seasons of that crap.

  • Coconut

    Strong independent women? They’re all a bunch of bullies picking on ppl who have more class than them. I don’t believe this bull and I’m not watching anything that involves these hoodrats.

    • Yeah….OK

      Strong independent women yet the show is filled with how they live these extravagant lives because of who they were screwing….OK, now they are strong and independent since being on basketball wives has afforded it. If they wasn’t on this show they would still be chasing down a basketball check!! Gtfoh