Cursing, screaming and throwing blows are what come to mind when many think about reality TV. Nonetheless, the millions that tune in weekly continue to watch the train wreck, much to the dismay of Kimora Lee Simmons.
In a recent meet-the-press session in Kuala Lumpur, the model-turned-entrepreneur joined the circle of reality stars who don’t necessarily approve of current reality show etiquette.
“I think the state of reality TV is going down the tubes,” she told the press.
Kimora isn’t the only reality star to criticize reality TV. Stars of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and “Basketball Wives” recognize the genre’s effect too.
Dwight Eubanks, the snazzy hairdresser of RHOA, said this of his departure from the show: “We can entertain you, but you still need to be educated. That’s what’s lacking in the television industry. It’s so much buffoonery and craziness out there. I just can’t do it. I refuse to do it.”
“Basketball Wives” star Royce Reed had similar sentiments. “Some things have nothing to do with money but all to do with images/careers! Never sell your soul! Respect is hard 2 come by!” she wrote in her Twitter announcement for calling the show quits. Later, she decided she would return for season 4 of the Miami-based series.
Though she didn’t quit, Phaedra Parks also noticed a need for change. Recently she said that the “pack mentality” on reality TV fosters bullying and the woman she plays on “RHOA” is an exaggeration of her true self.
It seems more and more reality stars are criticizing the genre that has made many of them famous, unlike Kimora who was a respected name in the fashion industry before reality TV came knocking.
“…I’m not proud of it and I’m not proud of how women are depicted. I’m not proud of how when you turn on the TV, you are fighting and scratching and cursing at your mum and you are naked,” Kimora said.
Revealing that she was a victim of bullying growing up, she says she wants to change the images on the small screen.
Kimora, who hasn’t confirmed that her series “Life in the Fab Lane” is returning, considers the program an example of what reality TV should be.
“My show has none of that and we are number one. That shows that you can be number one with a little dignity and respect and you don’t have to be naked,” she said.
According to The Sun Daily, Kimora has been talking to TV and cable networks to do a different kind of show and hopes to kick off that series in the Southeast Asian region first.
“I’m shifting from that and I want to go closer to my heart and my passion which is about empowerment, speaking and connecting our lives.”
What do you think? Does reality TV need to change, or do you watch it for the arguing, drama and violence? Leave your comments below.