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Almost as soon as the concept for the Bravo TV show “Married To Medicine” became public, it was obvious there were going to be some problems. Almost instantly a petition arose urging the network to remove the reality TV program from its lineup due to its poor depiction of black female doctors and doctor’s wives essentially acting a plum fool in front of cameras. And at the time it seemed there was potential for Bravo to pull the plug on the series, but now that the show is slated to return for a second season, one of its stars and producers, Mariah Huq, is speaking out about the backlash.
In an interview with us, Mariah said she thought the petition was a bit premature since it was concocted before the show even aired. And speaking on whether she thought “Married To Medicine” would actually ever be cancelled, she calmly stated:
“I never for once thought the show would be cancelled because of the petition. I think they had three signatures.” (*insert Kanye shurg*)
Mariah had a similar reaction to questions about Tamar Braxton claiming the reality TV star has been stealing some of her catchphrases, like “yaaaaas.”To that allegation she said:
“I think Miss Tamar is cute. She’s very cute…
“I think it’s messy boots to think you are the only person who talks in third person…you have to understand a lot of people are like that. It’s crazy to think you are the only person with a big personality. That’s why you’re on TV. That’s why I’m on TV.”
In other words, Mariah ain’t got time for that. Check out the rest of our interview with the Atlanta diva in the video below as she talks about her using her middle name, Mariah, in place of her first name Lakeisha and having a “blackadeshi” relationship.
Are you a fan of “Married To Medicine”?
‘I Hate That I Set A Poor Example For My Kids:’ Mariah Huq Expresses Regret Over ‘Married To Medicine’ Brawl
Last night on Bravo TV’s Medicine to Medicine, one of the most ridiculous fights in reality television history went down between co-stars Maria Huq and Toya Bush-Harris. As childish as it may sound, these grown women got to pulling hair and tussling around a party full of doctors over comments that one made about the other’s mother (I kid you not). Fellow cast members and the show’s audience have equally expressed how ridiculous it was that these grown women came to blows on national television and now, Maria Huq is expressing how much she regrets the showdown. An excerpt from her post reads:
“I remember feeling so hurt, ashamed, and disappointed in myself “initially”after the fight. I felt as if I truly let myself, my family, and friends down. How does a grown educated business woman/mother/wife get into a tussle at a black-tie event? How did I allow a negative girl, with no morals, values, or boundaries bring me down to her level? Not sure what the politically correct answer is, but I know what my truth is. In that moment I was truly hurt and full of despair. Astonished by the lengths people will go to become more relevant. Children are off-limits, point blank, period.
This situation was an eye-opening experience for me. I hold myself to a much higher standard and truly hate that I set a poor example for my kids. I hope and pray it has been an equally valuable lesson in words, consequences and character for Toya as well.”
Mariah’s co-stars Dr. Simone Whitmore and Dr. Jaqueline Walters also weigh in on the fight, expressing their disappointment in Mariah and Toya.
“THIS IS NOT THE MARIAH I KNOW. I had never seen Mariah raise her voice and when I saw her fighting, I was in shock. I still can not believe an actual fight took place. Pinch me, was I in a nightmare?!” Whitemore wrote.
“Both women needed to have handled their emotions, though I will admit this is probably one of the hardest thing for us women to do. Mariah and Toya both admit their dislike for one another, and I am not real sure why they get under each other’s skin. If you don’t like someone, it should be easy to ignore them. Their opinions shouldn’t matter [...] I believe this fight could have been avoided if they had exercised open communication and let go of “who’s right”! I’m not convinced who is right, but I definitely know whose wrong. . .BOTH!!!” Walters added.
What do you make of all of this?
Bravo has struck ratings gold again, despite the backlash their newest series, “Married to Medicine,” received before it even aired. On Sunday night, the premiere episode brought in the highest ratings of any non-spinoff in Bravo’s entire history, with 2 million viewers.
According to a news release posted on Shadow and Act:
Last night’s [Sunday] episode of Bravo Media’s new docu-series “Married to Medicine” earned 1.9 million total viewers and 1.2 million A18-49, according to Nielsen. This marked the network’s highest-rated series premiere since “Bethenny Getting Married?” (6/10/10) and was also the most-watched non-spinoff series premiere in network history.
Having not seen the episode, I can’t say whether that’s a good or a bad thing, although I’m pretty sure where Bravo stands on that. The network description of the new show doesn’t make it sound so bad, saying:
The new docu-series follows the lives of six of Atlanta’s most dynamic and successful women, including doctors and wives of doctors, as they juggle bustling careers, family, and social calendars. From baby deliveries to some of Atlanta’s largest charities, these women are united by medicine, but often struggle to maintain friendships in the face of their world’s rigid hierarchy. These passionate and dynamic women prove that in the capital of the South, and the world of medicine, perception is everything and it’s not enough to be just any type of doctor or doctor’s wife.
But as we all know, things aren’t quite that rosy — after all that wouldn’t make for great reality TV. Besides Howard medical students have already petitioned for the show to be kicked off the air, saying:
Bravo’s “Married to Medicine” not only exploits the 6 lives of its Black female cast members, but, through its advertisements and commercials, heavily associates Black females in medicine with materialism, “cat fights”, and unprofessionalism. In a time when doctors are being held to very high standards by the public and each other, it is unfathomable for such a depiction of medicine and black women to be broadcast on tv where it will be inevitably available for years to come, on the internet and through other media outlets.”
Unfortunately for the group, 2 million or so viewers don’t quite agree with that opinion. We’ll have to see whether the ratings continue to climb or descend after a few episodes. Check some sneak peek previews of upcoming episodes here and if you haven’t caught our interview with the ladies, watch it below. Did you catch the series premiere Sunday?
The Ladies Of ‘Married To Medicine’ Tell Med Students Who Want Show Cancelled What They Should Be Doing With Their Time
Tonight Bravo will air its new series, “Married to Medicine,” much to the disappointment of some Howard University medical students. Last month, the group created a petition calling for the network to ban airing of the new reality show which follows several black doctors and doctor’s wives in Atlanta. But considering the show is still slated to air this evening, so far the effort hasn’t worked.
In light of that news, we caught up with the ladies of the new show before the series premiere to get their thoughts on the backlash they’ve been receiving before one episode has even aired and the stars didn’t hesitate to speak their minds on what these petitioners should be doing with their time instead of attacking them. Check out the interview here and tell us what you think. Will you check out the show tonight?
There are so many instances of the “token black guy” and “token black girl” in whitewashed entertainment that we sometimes overlook an opposite – and of course, smaller – category of characters: token white chicks. But though there aren’t many that automatically come to mind, there are at least 11 who’ve held – and continue to hold – prominent roles on some of our favorite TV shows. Can you think of any other token white chicks we may have missed?
Bury The Ratchet: Howard University Medical Students Petition To Have Bravo’s ‘Married To Medicine’ Canceled
Just yesterday, the cast of Bravo’s forthcoming reality show, Married To Medicine, which is a docu-series that follows the lives of some fairly prominent Black women doctors and doctor’s wives in the Atlanta area was revealed. Less than 24 hours later, an internet petition has surfaced on Change.org, urging the network to cancel the show. The petition was organized by a group of Howard University College of Medicine students, who believe that the airing of this reality show will leave the stain of unprofessionalism and cattiness on the image of Black female doctors for years to come. A portion of the petition reads:
“Black female physicians only compose 1% of the American workforce of physicians. Due to our small numbers, the depiction of Black female doctors in media, on any scale, highly affects the public’s view on the character of all future and current African American female doctors. Bravo’s “Married to Medicine” not only exploits the 6 lives of its Black female cast members, but, through its advertisements and commercials, heavily associates Black females in medicine with materialism, “cat fights”, and unprofessionalism. In a time when doctors are being held to very high standards by the public and each other, it is unfathomable for such a depiction of medicine and black women to be broadcast on tv where it will be inevitably available for years to come, on the internet and through other media outlets.”
The ladies also went on to suggest that shows such as this one make it difficult for young Black women like themselves to move ahead professionally in the medical field:
“Additionally, as residency positions are becoming increasingly more competitive (particularly for Black women) and contingent upon social behavior of graduating medical students, this depiction will only hinder black female physicians from attaining competitive residencies. Hence, for the sake of integrity and character of black female physicians, we must ask that Bravo immediately remove and cancel “Married to Medicine” from its channel, website, and any other media.”
According to the cast bios, which appear on the Bravo website, the cast of Married To Medicine includes:
“Dr. Jacqueline Walters: Doctor to stars like Toni Braxton, T.I. and Usher…”
“Dr. Simone Whitmore: The independent OBGYN, who has her own practice since 2004, has been married to her more laid-back husband, Cecil Whitmore, for 16 years, and they have sons together…”
“Toya Bush-Harris: Bush-Harris met her husband, emergency medicine physician Eugene Harris, during a speed dating event five years ago while pursuing her master’s in education from the University of Phoenix and working two jobs…”
“Mariah Huq: Dubbed “Queen Bee” and a mother of two, Huq is married to Dr. Aydin Huq, an emergency physician and native of Bangladesh, and openly embraces her husband’s culture…”
“Quad Lunceford-Webb: Known as the “Black Barbie” in her social circle, Lunceford-Webb is newly wed to psychiatrist Dr. Gregory Lunceford, whose reserved demeanor often clashes with her unpredictable feistiness…”
“Kari Wells: The British-born model has been married to Colombian-raised orthopedic surgeon Duncan Wells for 10 years.”
The show is scheduled to premiere March 24th.
Check out the show’s trailer on the next page and let us know if you think the Howard students have a valid argument.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta must be bringing in boatloads of cash for Bravo TV because it was recently announced that the network has just granted approval for production to begin on two new Atlanta-based reality shows.
One of the shows titled Taking Atlanta will follow the lives of a group of young professionals as they pursue careers in fashion, real estate, music, and hospitality. The storyline is also said to depict the characters’ lively social lives in addition to their turbulent family lives. Sounds like the perfect recipe for a great reality show to me. The show is reported to be produced by NFGTV along with Monami Entertainment. Sound familiar? Those are the same masterminds behind VH1′s Love and Hip Hop franchise, which is why the executive producers are said to be Mona Scott-Young, Toby Barraud and Stefan Springman.
The second show, Married to Medicine, will highlight the lives of stylish and successful women whose lives are somehow involved with medicine, whether they are doctors themselves or married to doctors. The show is said to have much drama accented with a touch of “southern flair.” So real medicine housewives of Altanta? This show is being produced by FremantleMedia North America and is being developed by Purveyors of Pop with Matt Anderson. Nate Green and Matty Buss are said to be the executive producers.
This is most likely an excellent move for Bravo TV considering the fact that The Real Housewives of Atlanta is the highest-rated show out of all the other series in the Real Housewives franchise.
It has also been reported that Kim Zolciak’s Don’t Be Tardy spin-off has been renewed for a second season, which will explore Kim and Kroy’s relationship as they move beyond the honeymoon phase of their marriage and delve into real life. At least that means she won’t be the annoying one on RHOA anymore.
What do you think about the concepts for these new shows? Will you be checking them out when they air?
Jazmine Denise is a writer living in New York. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise