Monday, November 28, 2011

Have the Real Housewives of Atlanta gone too far?

For four seasons, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” television show has been a juggernaut hit for the Bravo TV network. The show’s premise is designed to showcase affluent women’s lifestyles. Weekly episodes usually include the ladies shopping, gossiping and a variety of their exaggerated drama. Although there have been some cast changes since the show’s initial 2008 season, viewers have remained faithful watchers. Unfortunately, it may not stay this way forever. After watching last night’s episode, I felt disgusted and extremely uncomfortable. I can only imagine what other people may think as well.

During the last scene of yesterday’s episode, the housewives (keep in mind I’m using this term loosely) gathered together for fellow castmate, Kandi Burruss’ birthday party. Party guest, Phaedra Parks hired a male exotic dancer for the festivities. Parks who joined the show last season continually hinted about how much ‘talent’ the stripper had. The dancer, who goes by the stage name, Ridiculous, jumped out of a red box and began his routine. Once he began removing his clothing, the censors failed to really do their job. It was very plain what was occurring. Cameramen panned from the dancer’s routine to the women’s shocked faces. Then the unthinkable happened. The stripper performed a sexual act on himself. That is the most descriptive I will get regarding that infamous act. Many of the guests who appeared downright appalled left the party soon after.

So here is when the question comes into play. Do you believe the RHOA have gone too far? Should there be a definitive line to want is shown on TV regardless if it is cable or not? Though viewers may be tuning in to see the bickering amongst the women and the breakup to makeup friendships, I do not believe that anyone would want to see any behavior reminiscent of Sunday’s episode. Hopefully, something as shocking as what took place was a one -time deal and will never ever occur again.

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