A Black ‘Real Housewives of New York’ Is More Fantasy Than Reality

real housewives of new yorkThere is a lot about the Real Housewives franchise that reflect our real lives. 1. Women can be catty. 2. Women can be cruel. 3. Marriages, even the ones that seem perfect on the outside, are often messy and complicated. There is just one big thing that is missing. Leave it to RHOA diva Sheree Whitfield to call it out. She recently ranted that there aren't enough black people on Real Housewives and she's right.

Outside of the ATL-based cast, the other cities look like a cookie with no chips. You can watch an entire season without a yellow, brown, or reddish complexion popping up on the screen. Some areas, you expect a complete lack of diversity, namely Orange County. It is known to be pretty homogeneous and incredibly blonde (whether by birth or bottle). Though that excuse doesn't fly in a city like New York. This is arguably the most diverse place in the country -- so I understand why fans expect the show to reflect that in some way.

Don't these ladies know any women of color they can bring into their wicked, inner circle? All of those relationships are mostly manufactured anyway, with producers signing on a "new girl" or two every season to liven things up. Why not just hire someone with a little ethnic flair. It's guaranteed to do wonders for the show. There is a reason Real Housewives of Atlanta is the best of the bunch. Those woman are the sassiest, savviest, and funniest of the entire franchise (though New Jersey is definitely a close second). Who wouldn't love seeing Ramona Singer going head to head with someone as feisty as NeNe Leakes. Now that's TV gold.

But truth be told, just plopping a black, Latina, or Asian woman into the mix would be more fake than the show already is. It's sad, but true. That's not to say there aren't plenty of minority women who can match both their brazenness and bank accounts -- there are. However, these women probably hardly ever mingle in a diverse crowd, aside from a doorman, delivery man, random shop person. Whether you want to believe it or not, that is probably the reality of these women's lives.

Does it bother you that the Real Housewives casts are not more diverse?

 

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