The Love & Hip Hop franchise produced by mogul Mona Scott-Young has traveled from New York to Atlanta and now to Hollywood pulling in millions of viewers since it’s inception in 2011. But for as many viewers as it has, it also has its detractors. Some people despise the show, VH1 and Mona-Scott Young because of what they feel are negative depictions of African-Americans. Although the show’s cast made a choice to be a part of the series, some feel that they are being exploited by Mona and VH1 to basically play themselves on TV. In a recent interview with Arise 360, Mona defends the franchise and explains why she thinks the series is more appealing than some would like to admit. Check out a few excerpts below.
On the series being more relatable than people will admit
I think people enjoy being able to sit in their living room and see what’s going on in other people’s lives. I always say I also think there’s a relatability factor that nobody wants to cop to. I think you watch that show and you see a little bit of something that you recognize, maybe a little bit of something of yourself. Love or hate it, they’re addicted.
On Things Sometimes Going to Far
You know, from a personal perspective, there are certain things that I feel like ‘Oh, God.’ Some of the stuff sometimes, I think pushes the envelope a little outside of the boundary. But a big part of what I think makes the show successful is that everyone just expresses themselves at will and sometimes it’s not in line with how the rest of us would express ourselves. But I think people understand the motivations sometimes.
Do you agree with Mona? Is Love & Hip Hop your guilty pleasure for entertainment purposes only? If you’re honest, can you relate to some of the outlandish and seemingly crazy moments from the series or do you think it’s a inaccurate portrayal of African-American culture?
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