“Married to Medicine” star Quad Webb has had enough of people complaining about the negative portrayal of Black women on reality television because she says they are the viewers who are supporting it.
There has been a lot of turmoil in the world of reality television lately.
From online petitions to Twitter protests, reality shows are being criticized for the way they portray the African-American community.
The debates have been firing off since shows like “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and “Love and Hip Hop” hit the air, but the discord became more intense after the networks began expanding the subject matter.
The focus of reality TV has grown from music stars and housewives, to honing in on the lives of doctors, journalists, single mothers, famous ex-wives and even Greek sororities.
Critics slammed “Married to Medicine” for portraying African-American women in the medical field in what they felt was a negative light.
The show features quite a few cat fights and drink tossing, expletive-filled arguments, and other drama-filled incidents between the women.
The reality star says that when there is no drama on the show, viewers complain and ratings decline.
Stars who do not spark up enough drama on other reality shows have even been threatened with firing.
“The viewers control the media,” Webb said on “The Ryan Cameron Morning Show.” “If you guys, the viewers, would celebrate when we are doing positive things and those ratings skyrocketed through the roof, then the producers would take heed to that and put a lot more of that out there.”
Her fellow cast mate, Dr. Heavenly Kimes, added that she feels her positive actions are ignored by producers because it’s simply not good for the ratings.
The ladies may be right about drama sending ratings through the roof.
Earlier this year, the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion special broke television rating records as it promoted the brawl between Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams.