Should Marques Houston Be Involved In The “Sister, Sister” Reboot?

February 1, 2018  |  

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Recently Jackée Harry appeared on “Dish Nation.” During her sit down, Gary with the Tea asked her about the “Sister, Sister” reboot. Now, from what we’ve heard from Tia and Tamera Mowry it seemed like it was all systems go. The cast was all in agreeance, the audience interest is definitely there. But Harry’s response to the question made it seem like there’s a bit of a hold up.

When the subject of the reboot came up, Jackée said, “I ain’t saying that no more. I don’t know. Ain’t no check clear. It’s like yes and no.”

Then someone asked if everyone from the original cast would be involved, Harry’s response was to sip dramatically from the straw in her drink.

 

She didn’t say much but you know what they say about nonverbal communication. It tells the true story. So what’s the real problem here?

Earlier this year, That Grape Drink, proposed a theory. They wrote that networks are afraid to work with Marques Houston, who played the role of Roger in “Sister, Sister”, because of allegations of rape and molestation. The network is afraid that promotional interviews for the show would become a free-for-all with everyone focusing on the allegations instead of the reboot.

For those of you who may be lost right now, Raz B (real name De’Mario Thornton), formerly of the group B2K, alleged that both Chris Stokes and Houston raped and molested him when he was part of the group. (NOTE: Don’t click on this link if you’re sensitive to these types of sexual violence. The details are graphic.) There was also another artist, singer Quindon, who made similar claims.

Houston and Stokes have always denied the allegations with Houston going so far as to take out a restraining order against Raz B in 2013.

TMZ reported that Houston claimed Raz B’s video”caused me emotional distress and caused me to fear he will be violent toward himself and others.” Houston claims that Raz also spoken many times about killing people as well as killing himself. Houston also claims in the docs that Raz has threatened him specifically on the Internet several times and this has made him “fear that my life, my girlfriend’s life and the lives of my family and friends are in danger.”

Raz B would eventually testify against Houston in court. 

I’m ashamed to say that while Chris Stokes struck me as a seedy character, I never took Raz B’s claims against him seriously. And I didn’t even know they included Marques Houston until today. But apparently, there are plenty of people who believe Raz B is telling the truth.

Today, I can’t think of a reason why Raz B would lie. Saying you’ve been raped by another man doesn’t exactly earn you any favors in the industry…or elsewhere. In fact, Raz B has spent the past 7 years in China. I don’t think he was after attention, at least not from an American audience.

If the reboot discussion had taken place earlier last year or in 2016, there might have been a good chance that no one would have ever questioned the decision to include Houston in the show. But in the midst of #MeToo and #TimesUp where society is actually listening to the claims and holding people accountable, it doesn’t make sense for a studio to attach themselves to the likes of a Marques Houston. It’s too much of a risk for an uncertain reward. It’s not like they’re already in production.

But that doesn’t mean the show can’t go on.

I strongly believe a “Sister, Sister” reboot could be very successful without Houston. They could either recast the Roger character or do away with that particular storyline altogether. Personally, I like the idea of a man pining over two sisters but it doesn’t have to be the one we saw years ago.

What do you make of all of this? Do you think networks should take a risk with Houston? Do you think “Sister, Sister” could live without Roger?

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days” and the creator of the website NoSugarNoCreamMag. You can follow her on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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