What Did I Just Watch? The 9 Worst Things About “Sorority Sisters”
So I tried to give “Sorority Sisters” a chance last night. I guess you can say I was intrigued by the trailer and wanted to see if the show was really worth all the uproar, petitions, and now, the threats of boycotts of advertisers of the program.
Well, it was worth all of that and probably more.
In my opinion, it’s bad not because of the way that the women in the sororities made their organizations look, but rather, because of how genuinely terrible the whole show was in general. Why was it terrible? I can think of a few reasons…
Can These Women Be Anymore Extra?
I know that in order to make reality TV interesting, you have to play up the drama and/or be a little extra with it. But I barely made it through that show with all the fake drama and talking in third person. From the conversations about fake Deltas to the women being as petty as possible by showing up to one another’s boutique parties to start fights, the attempt to entertain by being as over-the-top as possible left me saying “This is terrible” at every commercial break.
So Adrene is basically that person who leaves a big city for a smaller one and then acts like the little exposure they received makes them a god amongst mere mortals. Everything the DST member said was super dramatic, including her penchant for talking in third person and lauding herself: “I’m Adrene and Adrene is me!” And her response to co-star April leaving fliers for her boutique in The House of Adrene, as well as her decision to go to April’s shoetique opening to put her on blast, showed a serious lack of maturity for a woman who is way too old for all that.
I’m not in a sorority, but I’m sure it’s not a good look for members of the same sorority to treat each other like crap on television. You already know I’m not crazy about Adrene, but Priyanka’s treatment of Adrene when she initially met her, while out for drinks with fellow sorors, was extremely catty. She went out of her way to tell Adrene in front of everyone that she thought she was a Delta perpetrator, and then expected the woman not to be defensive in response. And the fact that she went to one of Adrene’s fellow Clark Atlanta alumni to get the real deal on her (she is indeed a Delta) just showed me how much free time some of these women have…
If you thought Adrene was bad…
April is the only AKA, and though she says that the stereotype about them is that they’re stuck up, she manages to play into the stereotype, rather than refute it (“They can’t be women of AKA!”). From going into Adrene’s dress swap party and knocking down mannequins, to cracking jokes about other sororities (“SGWho?”), she is feeling herself a little too much.
Intra-Sorority Beef And Cattiness
As previously mentioned, I couldn’t get with Priyanka and Adrene’s messiness on a show where folks are claiming that they’re about “sisterhood.” To get on television and call your soror a “b***h” and a “dog” probably isn’t the best look. And the idea that people are referring to other sorority members as “That AKA b***h that came for you” definitely isn’t cute either.
The Struggle Was So Real
Something that was pointed out to me was the reality that even though the women on the show were representing their sororities on national television, a few of them weren’t really working steady jobs. As someone on Twitter put it: “Models & Dancers? Wtf did these women even go to school for?” Nothing wrong with dancing and using your beauty to get ahead. But in the case of one sorority sister, Lydia, who was struggling to take care of her daughter because of a lack of dancing gigs, instead of trying to show her getting hooked up with connections and help from her sorors, producers chose to focus on the women beefing in boutiques.
Battle Of The Boutiques
I’m all for entrepreneurship, but I didn’t expect the storyline to be focused around the drama between two owners of small boutiques in Atlanta. The idea that people would go out of their way to attend events for people they don’t like just to make a scene and throw shade (and promote their own place of business) is not worth an hour of television. But hey, that’s reality TV for you…
Shanna Comparing The Struggle To Be A White Delta To Racism Blacks Face Every Day
Shanna might be one of the few pleasant women on the show, but I couldn’t get with her comparing her issues with not feeling so accepted by some Delta members as a white woman to the discrimination that a lot of blacks face on a daily basis. While I’m sure that it can’t be easy, I couldn’t really offer her the sympathy it seemed that she was reaching for.
The Tackiness Of It All
The show is tacky, and so is the fashion. I’m no J. Crew model when it comes to style, but I just couldn’t deal with the leopard-print dresses with puffy leather sleeves, the long Coko from SWV nails, the see-through tops, overly fluffed up weaves and just loud clothing and accessories. And can we please retire the half-shaven hairstyle by 2015!?