Earlier this week, VIBE magazine released their 2012 Sexy Issue cover naming Kandi Burruss, Tamar Braxton, Evelyn Lozada and Chrissy Lampkin as “our” new role models. While Kandi is a pretty fair choice, the others…not so much. Naming them as role models is a little bit of a stretch in my opinion, but according to Merrian-Webster’s definition of a role model (a person whose behavior in a particular role is imitated by others) I guess VIBE may be on to something.
In the article the ladies discuss their behavior and pretty much blames it on the producers for scripting the show to play out in a certain direction.
Chrissy: Absolutely. They would go as far as telling the new girl, “Chrissy thinks she’s Queen Bee around here so we need you to step up because nobody here has a strong enough personality. We need you to shut it down.” They were feeding people this negative energy from the door. I have no reason to lie.
Kandi: If [the producers] know this person and that person don’t get along, they’ll be like, “Okay, we want you guys to go to lunch.” They know if they have a conversation about what’s going on, something’s gonna jump off. But nobody can make you physically punch somebody in the face. We end up doing that to ourselves from people being real disrespectful in the way they’re speaking to each other, pointing fingers all in people’s faces. Some people just can’t take that.
I couldn’t help but think as I was reading, “didn’t you do what they told you to do though?” Which made me think about how much these women and others get paid to act ignorant on TV for us every week. After looking into the Real Housewives of Atlanta’s salaries, it made more sense.
NeNe Leakes reportedly earns $750K per season while the others earn between $75-$600K. Even the husbands get paid! Peter (Cynthia’s hubby) earns the highest at $75K per season.
They are doing what they’re being paid to do and I’m sure at some point they didn’t think they would behave in such a way for a few (ok, maybe more than a few) dollars. After all, money is a powerful motivator. I’m in no way condoning their behavior, I personally think it’s sad, but I’m saying don’t be so quick to judge.
If someone paid you that much money, you may do a few things that you never thought you’d do too.
So what do you think of the cover?