Will Shaunie O’Neal diversify ‘BBW’?

    There’s been lots of discussion about how to better balance the images offered on Shaunie O’Neal’s “Basketball Wives” series, and Wendy Williams suggested adding some White women to the cast might help.

    “As long as I’m going to be watching hair-pullin’ and wig-tuggin’, I need to be seeing some White girls doing it, too,” Wendy recently told Shaunie.  

    Although Wendy admitted the show is one of her “guilty pleasures,” she and Shaunie agreed that the fighting and arguing the women do on the series is unacceptable.

    “None of it is a good thing, and it’s a mess,” said Wendy who expressed that she’s “embarrassed, as a thinking women, to say that I love it, but I love it, especially when it comes on in marathon form." 

    Wendy still wanted to know if and when there would be more White women on the show.

    Shaunie explained that creating a diverse cast is difficult because there’s a shortage of White basketball wives in the NBA. 

    “There’s not a lot of White girls, as far as wives, in basketball. I do have a few that are girlfriends…. but we’re still working on it.  I would love to. I’d love to have more color in there. It’s not a whole lot in the NBA as far as colors. They are there, but it’s slim pickings,” Shaunie said. 

    Regardless of who’s in the cast, Shaunie says she’s happy to have stayed with her original group. “It didn’t make a whole lot of sense for me to just jump into [the L.A.] cast. I don’t really know these ladies. Miami? Those were my girls. I knew Evelyn before it was a show. Tammie — we knew each other throughout the years.  So I just felt more comfortable. And again, I just wanted it to be as organic as it could be,” she said.

    Watch more of the interview here.

     

    —Ciara Smith
     

     

    Would it make a difference to you one way or the other if women of more ethnicities joined the "Basketball Wives" cast? Leave your comments below.

     

     

     

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