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.
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
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.
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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!