Mona Scott-Young Thinks Her Reality Television Empire Is Changing Lives
Since her emergence on the reality television scene with the original Love & Hip Hop, Mona Scott-Young has caught a bad rap for the way that she allows women of color to be negatively portrayed on her shows. During a recent press event in Atlanta, the entrepreneur addressed those allegations, claiming that while many are disapproving of the women that she casts to be featured on her reality shows, it is not her job to judge them, reports Vibe Vixen.
“Often times people tell me how horrible it is, or how these women should go crawl under a rock. I’m not here to judge them! I think that these women are a part of our population as African Americans. They live real lives and their stories deserve to be told as much as the other stories. I encourage them to use this as a platform. I will never forget the first time I gave Joseline a check and she cried. Prior to that she has never seen her name printed on a check because she was only ever paid in dollar bills, so don’t tell me I’m not changing lives,” the Love & Hip Hop visionary said.
Mona also says that people should stop pretending that the world being portrayed on the show doesn’t exist.
“This is Love & Hip Hop. I have navigated this world for twenty years of my career so I am probably as qualified as most to talk about what happens in this world. I’ve witnessed it. I’ve experienced it. There’s no one really of this world that can say with clear conscience that this stuff does not happen or exist. So what are we saying exactly? Not that this isn’t true, but that we should sweep it under the rug and act like it don’t exist. It’s that cousin that you love at the family barbeque but you don’t wanna bring to the company picnic. Stop it!” she told Hip Hop Wired.
Would you say she makes a valid point?