Real (race) Issues in Reality TV: Andy Cohen vs. Amandla Stenberg

I couldn’t sleep last night so I spent hours poking around the internet. Around 3am I stumbled across an interesting story on Jezebel called Fucking Andy Cohen Is Working My Last Nerve. The title alone brought a smile to my face. I have a pretty serious addiction to reality tv of the Housewives variety. For many years I worshiped at the altar of Andy Cohen, the one-time king of Bravo programming and the brain behind most of my favorite shows. As Bravo’s shows sunk to lower & lower depths, my enjoyment turned to grudging obsession. And I realized that Andy was more of an evil genius who needed to be kept at arms length. So yeah, I got excited when I saw Fucking Andy Cohen Is Working My Last Nerve staring at me from my computer screen.

While I was expecting a general take down of Andy Cohen’s influence on the reality tv genre, or his misogynist enabling of ratchet women, author Kara Brown chose to discuss race relations on Bravo shows. Kara’s anger erupted after Andy called actress Amandla Stenberg a “jackhole” for her social media scuffle with socialite Kylie Jenner. On his talkshow Watch What Happens Live Andy completely overlooked Amandla’s issues with Kylie Jenner’s appropriation of black culture & instead turned it into a simple case of “Girl fight! Girl fight!”

Since she’d started the conversation, author Kara Brown took it a step more necessary & tore into Andy for segregation on Bravo. There are shows with white casts (all the Housewives shows except Atlanta, Vanderpump Rules, etc) and shows with black casts (Real Housewives of Atlanta, Married to Medicine, etc) but never the twain shall meet. Well, that’s not exactly true. The shows with black casts usually have a white cast member but the same can’t be said of the shows with white casts. Separate but not very equal.

Andy gives us Lisa Vanderpump & Nene Leakes as the grande dames of their respective casts. Not very equal at all. And for that he should be ashamed.