Looking at “Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta,” it’s hard to believe anyone’s life could really be that ignorant, which is why many believe the show is heavily—if not totally—scripted. But producer Mona Scott-Young and the most-hated man on VH1, Stevie J, are going to defend the drama portrayed on the show as real life to the death.
In an interview with Rap Fix Live, Mona tried to get deep with it and say to claim that the show is scripted negates the reality of these women’s lives. She told Sway:
“People see what they want to see. At it’s core, this show is set in a very specific world and dealing with the struggles these women are facing…they have every right to tell their stories.”
When Sway asked Mona if she felt any sort of responsibility to not portray such “ratchetry” so to speak, Mona said the show was never meant to be the encyclopedia of black women and added that the only responsibility she feels is to tell truthful stories.
“We don’t feed you information. It’s not scripted. That’s the most ridiculous thing that I hear all the time. There are like 40-something people on set. Do you think I can get them all to keep the secret? What do they do with script afterwards, eat it? This is their lives! What we do is string it together so that it tells a scripted story cohesively. Maybe people just aren’t used to seeing reality TV done well.”
I’ll let you all handle that statement in the comments section.
In a roundabout way, “Love & Hip-Hop” does have the potential to teach lessons and serve as a cautionary tale for women who think sticking by the side of a man who shows you he doesn’t value you is a worthwhile effort. But Mona has to know there’s a reason only people from a certain demographic sign up for these shows and why from a production perspective, they only choose to depict this specific world. She has her PR game tight though, I’m almost inclined to think she really believes what she’s saying.
Check out a couple interview clips here. Thoughts?
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