Here Are Five Reasons VH1’s ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ Should Be Taken Off The Air Immediately


If you’ve been watching Love & Hip Hop Atlanta you may have found yourself trying to explain to others why, exactly, you watch this reckless ridiculousness of a reality show. Recently my own brother made it clear that he was a little bit (or a lotta bit) disappointed in my fascination with the series. Or as he put it on my Facebook page (underneath a status update that may or may not have read, ‘Love And Hip Hop Is The Greatest Show On Earth. There. I said it…’): That show is ridiculous… y do smart people like trainwrecks? LMAO. Now in my defense, I later made it a point to note that LHHATL is also the absolute worst show on earth. Somehow, both of these things are true! And my brother is right. Smart people (and all people) inexplicably like trainwrecks, lol. Join me inside for a quasi-celebration of the trainwreck many of us know, love, and loathe (often simultaneously), Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. Oh, and the reunion show is on tonight so please don’t call me on or around 8 pm EST. Merci.

5 Reasons VH1’s ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ Should Be Taken Off The Air Immediately, Without Question, And In That Order:

1. It normalizes and celebrates booty shots.

Okay. No. Seriously. When did booty shots become normal??? Like, everyone on that show has booty shots! And even those who don’t… well, we’re not even sure anymore about them. I cannot even believe booty shots are real! But they are real. And women who aren’t even Nicki Minaj are injecting magic super-juice into their bodies to make their booties bigger. Sigh. Only in America ATL.

2. It normalizes and celebrates cheating.

Um. Did Stevie J. seriously convince Mimi (his girlfriend/babymama) to open up their couples therapy session to his mistress who got pregnant for him earlier in the season who he’s just working with now and totally not sleeping with anymore, except he is??? Okay, no. I was just curious. Thanks Mimi (and Stevie… and Joseline) for making cheating a normal, acceptable, super-cool thing. Thanks. Go somewhere.

3. It normalizes and celebrates abortions.

Without getting too political up in here, I think most of us would agree that abortions are kind of a big deal. Which is why it was really disturbing to watch Joseline find out she was pregnant (and then watch Stevie J. confess to his girlfriend, pregnancy test in hand), and then promptly get an abortion. And then, naturally, she promptly returned to working for and sleeping with the guy who made it clear that he wanted her to take care of whatever situation was going on in her womb. Good times.

4. It normalizes and celebrates um… pimpin.

Please DO NOT watch this video if you want to maintain any belief in motherhood, black womanhood, or the nursing industry. Do watch the clip if nothing can make you lose faith in those aforementioned things. Momma Dee is Lil’ Scrappy’s Mom on the LHHATL. And Kandy (from Real Housives Of Atlanta) had her (and coincidentally, Evelyn Lozada of Basketball Wives… lmao, what a day) on her show. Ish got cray.

5. It normalizes and celebrates bad spelling.

See? Now I’m betraying my true feelings for the show. I clearly love at least one character… LMAO.

And for those of you unapologetically (or apologetically) in love with the show that made ‘ratchet’ a necessary part of my vocabulary, click on over to the next page!

  • Brittany

    I have been watching this show on the down low for awhile now. *shhh don’t tell anybody* Its like a really bad train wreck that you can’t help but rubberneck at. As a northerner myself I am surrounded by the southern drawl. :)

    • Shannon

      Brittany! This is def our little secret, lol ;)

  • Heather

    What is this blog/site becoming, Ebony magazine…
    Let’s get back to what Trent usually post about.

    • @Heather — I’m not sure I understand exactly what you are getting at. What do you mean “Ebony magazine”?

    • Heather

      Miss Shannon seems to post a majority of Afro-centric and frankly uninteresting material. I wouldn’t throw down on miss thang if post were more diverse, not so ‘female’ geared [meaning more gay fabulous] & exciting. Don’t hate mate, just ‘xpressing my opinion. Been watching for awhile & seems like her post ain’t *nsync with yours & hardly nobody comments. Flame me now.

    • Shannon

      Heather, I know you didn’t mean it this way but I’m gonna take this as a compliment, lol. My black friends and pretty much everyone in my family have been telling me for years that I’m too white (whatever that is) so I’ll take the ‘Ebony magazine’ slur as a good thing ;)

      And I guarantee that if I wrote for Ebony, I’d get critiqued for all my cute white boy posts.

      Also, did you just call me “miss thang”???!!!! I am SMH and cracking up over here. But in all seriousness, I hope all the Ebony-ness doesn’t turn you off from PITNB. You’re supposed be having fun on here. I wanna do my thing (or thang) but I also don’t want to turn readers off. Thanks for sharing an honest comment Heather.

    • Heather

      I’m truly G.L.A.A.D. you found positivity [more respect to you] in my comments. Just giving my feedback. I do love the gays & the blacks & the gay blacks. My comments were subject/consistency related than race. So I appreciate you ain’t offended, ‘Mary’.
      So where are the hot boys? Can we get more celeb in-the-closet gossip? Tom Cruise is really crazy…do you think him & John Travolta have been together?

    • @Heather — “Can we get more celeb in-the-closet gossip? Tom Cruise is really crazy … do you think him & John Travolta have been together?”

      You appear to be grossly misinformed about what this site is about. I’m going to guess that this isn’t the place for you if you’re looking for “celeb in-the-closet gossip”.

    • Sam

      Shannon, you’re a class act.

    • Shannon

      Sam, I’m TRYING over here, lol! Thank you so much :)

    • Sam

      I don’t even know how you can take Heather’s “Just giving my feedback” excuse after she wrote foolishness like “I wouldn’t throw down on miss thang”. Like, whaaaaa?!! That is some ish cray lol, I would NOT be so I said, class act ;)

    • cutitout

      Heather, are you posting from the RNC by chance? your post smell like, dare I say…racism. Know your audience hun…

  • Steven

    Shannon, I appreciate your content. I have been following this blog for a long time, and I also frequently read hip-hop blogs. Hip-hop is a massive entertainment industry and there’s no reason it has to remain marginalized and not integrated into mainstream entertainment blogs. Also, the way you editorialize in your posts is insightful and stimulating, which is exactly what blogging is about. Socially conscious blogging is on the rise, and I thank you for doing your part while keeping it fun and friendly.

    • Shannon

      Steven! Thank you so much for these kind words. They say you should write what you know and that’s all I really can do. I consider myself to be a socially conscious individual who has her guilty pleasure that she then tries to justify with posts like this, lol :)

      It means so much to me to get feedback from you guys. I’m still learning that I can’t please everyone, but as long as a fun, intelligent conversation is being had, I’m pleased.

      Thanks again for the support, Steven :)

  • YoursTruly

    ~@Steven, She is the classiest! And my head started to hurt as I was watching the clip in reason #4 for taking it off the air, I was done about a minute into!

    • Shannon

      YoursTruly, thank you! Got me feeling all Kerry-Washington-like over here, lol ;)

      Reason #4 is intense. I had to watch it in multiple viewing sessions myself.

    • YoursTruly

      ~So SCANDAL-OUS! :-)

  • Devonte

    I am a gay black male, who has grown up in the suburbs of Houston and very adjacent to black culture, feeling I have straddled both my whole life and I have been reading PINTB for years. It has been the first site I check when I sit at my computer. I have loved the voice Trent has had but I have also been so drawn to Shannon as well. I feel this is now more than ever the place for me when I have always felt I had to be engrossed in one culture at a time. I applaud this diversity and I wish PINTB nothing but a prosperous future, not only for my entertainment but for other saddidy gay black boys that grew up in the ‘Burbs but also can get Hood when needed…and LAWD knows, I can get hood at the drop of a quarter, (I say quarter because I’m way more than a dime, boo boo)

    • YoursTruly

      @Devonte- YES! ~”I say quarter because I’m way more than a dime, boo boo” #TRUTH! #TEAMSHANNON! :-)

    • Shannon

      Devonte, this is, by far, one of the greatest comments I have ever read. I hope you find other reasons to write throughout the day because I can literally hear your voice jumping out at me! Awesome.

      And I’m so glad PITNB is kind of like a place you can call ‘home.’ Trent and I are pop culture soul mates, NOT because we are the same or like all of the same things, but because we have a shared love for pop culture and respect each other’s individual obsessions.

      I’ve attended really amazing private schools and really CLEVELAND public schools, lol. I know what you mean about feeling like you can only experience one ‘type’ of thing at a time. But as long as it’s all you, it’s all good. I’m glad there’s at least one place where you can get it ‘all’ :) Thanks again for the support Devonte. Your comment seriously made my day!

  • cutitout

    Yes the show is a ratchet-hot-mess buuuut kmichelle is funny as hell and so is Joseline(unintentionally) Did she say she was a “woman of God” like five minutes after nochalantly admitting to an abortion, being a teen stripper, and being arrested 100 times????????? The rest of the cast is fake and tragic but I could watch a kmichelle show or a Joseline show for the comically poor ingles alone. And why do I like her song? Don’t judge me.

    • Shannon

      cutitout, Joseline had me CRACKING UP… I realized by the end of the reunion show that I love her, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Well, I’m a little ashamed, but that’s what it is right now– she’s so outrageous, with all her mug shots, lmao!

      Strangely enough, some of their songs are good! But you can barely hear the music above the ratchet… Lol. Thanks for commenting :)