Just when you thought reality television couldn’t get any more problematic, Lifetime introduces their new makeover show Girlfriend Intervention. The thinking behind the show? “Trapped inside every white girl is a strong black woman ready to bust out.”
Are you a black woman? You might find this offensive. Are you a white woman? You might find this offensive. Are you neither? You might be thinking at this point that you’re lucky to be left out of the entire thing. (Be aware, though, that no one is safe. Near the end of the first episode, Thomas exaggeratedly compliments the hotness of the made-over white woman by yelling, “Muy caliente, salsa picante mucho!”)
So it’s a team of black women making over white women with a healthy dose of shaming and some very problematic racial politics. Nice work, network television.
Team Blackness also discussed a clothing store that tried to sell a Holocaust T-shirt; more disrespect from Ferguson cops, this time directly on Michael Brown’s memorial; and how New York TV stations cover more crime committed by black people.