Although violence broke out among the cast members more than once during season 6, Cynthia Bailey said she still thinks she and her “Real Housewives of Atlanta” co-stars offer a positive depiction of Black women.
“I do think that in so many other ways, we are still a great platform and are great examples of empowerment,” Cynthia recently told TheGrio.com.
The bout between Apollo Nida and “RHOA” guest Brandon DeShazer and the physical attack on Kenya Moore by Porsha Williams were the first real instances of violence on the series, with the exception of some weave pulling and maybe a shove or two.
However, Cynthia said she thinks her co-stars have learned from their mistakes and won’t let things escalate to that level again.
“It is reality, so sometimes things just happen and the fight was just unfortunate, and hopefully, the last time that’s going to happen on our show,” she said. “People don’t tune into ‘Atlanta Housewives’ for the fights.”
Despite the violence, Cynthia said she and her co-stars are examples of successful, professional wives and mothers.
“We are businesswomen. Most of my cast mates, including myself, we are businesswomen… People do find inspiration in watching our show,” said Cynthia who acknowledged that she’s not responsible for how her co-stars behave on the show.
“I always appreciate this platform to show grace and class and integrity and positivity. I’m just one woman. That’s what I do, so I can only speak for myself,” she said.
As for her co-stars, Cynthia said she thinks “RHOA” will be a successful series even if some of her colleagues opt not to return.
“I don’t think ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ is about one person,” she said. “It’s an ensemble. It’s always been an ensemble. It’s never been about one person. This is a pie and we all put ingredients in it and that’s what makes it work.”
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