The bottle-throwing, face-slapping days of “Basketball Wives” are long gone, according to producers of the raunchy reality program. VH1 and Shed Media, the producers of the program, are pledging to present a “more balanced show” and released separate statements affirming that promise. Shed took to VH1’s official blog to say that they support Shaunie O’ Neal, who’s asked cast members to use nonviolent tactic to solve problems.
“Shed Media US is fully committed to telling the compelling stories of the “Basketball Wives” in a balanced way,” said Shed. “Our producing partner Shaunie O’Neal feels strongly about this, and we fully agree with this stance. We support her as she encourages the cast members to work out issues in a nonviolent fashion. We look forward to working with her and the rest of the cast on conveying more balance in the next season.”
VH1 also shared similar sentiments and added that a “no excessive physical confrontations” policy will be enforced.
“Our viewers opinions always matter a great deal to us at VH1. Lately, there has been a lot of conversation about Basketball Wives, a series featuring strong, intelligent women with very passionate viewpoints which can sometimes escalate,” said VH1.
“We at VH1 agree with and support Shaunie and the show producers’ “no excessive physical confrontations” policy on the series moving forward. We are all committed to balancing the candid, bold excitement that the viewers have come to love in the series with storylines and representations they can be proud of. Shaunie has been a strong advocate for a more balanced approach to the show and we, along with our producing partners at Shed Media, are all in agreement about moving forward with that goal.”
It’s interesting to note that VH1 emphasized no “excessive physical confrontations” which means there will probably still be fighting, just no bottle throwing; because that’s just too much. Running barefoot across tables to beat the brakes off someone I’m assuming is perfectly fine. -danielle canada