Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, VH1â€™s latest addition to its reality show lineup, seems to be a hit. The show that takes viewers inside the lives of some of hip-hopâ€™s Georgia peaches is serving up all of the juicy drama audiences love.
While we can debate whether or not the show does black women and
our image a disservice, thereâ€™s one thing I am
almost certain of: This reality show is anything but reality;
itâ€™s totally scripted.
Stevie J: Pipe and The Game
Although Iâ€™m well aware that most reality shows have some element of staged drama, the conflicts, characters, and situations on Love & Hip Hop Atlanta just feel more like a bad prime time soap opera than how real folks actually live. As one of my Twitter followers put it the other night, â€œâ€˜Love & Hip Hop Atlantaâ€™ is a bad telenovela, but with negroes.â€
I agree. And hereâ€™s why.
Stevie J is a horrible actor â€” and it shows
Iâ€™m sorry, but one of the main reasons I canâ€™t take this show seriously is Stevie J. Instead of coming off like a real person, he sounds like heâ€™s serving up his best Blaxplotation performance or Mase impersonation. His reaction to everything is just so lackluster and monotone and is not anything close to being real.
Pregnant jump-off? Stevieâ€™s expression is placid. Angry girlfriend? Stevieâ€™s face is so still (and his voice so flat) he must sweat Botox. Getting them â€œpawsâ€ put on him? Stevie was talking to Scrappy like he was asking for some Grey Poupon instead of getting ready to fight.
If the Love & Hip Hop Atlanta folks want me to believe this show isnâ€™t a horribly acted dramedy, then Iâ€™m going to need Stevie J. to seem a little less plastic and a lot more real.