BBW’s Jennifer Williams Speaks Out On Being Slapped [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]
In a day and time where bullying and violence plagues our community on a hourly basis, the perpetrator always fails to consider the repercussions for their actions. Not only are millions of viewers tuned in but so are impressionable kids who now believe that violence is acceptable because that’s what they saw on television. What happened to woman empowerment, standing strong together for our daughters and sisters. How is it possible to teach a to young girl to respect herself if she is watching her favorite TV personality beat up another female? Has reality TV changed the view of morals and respect in our nation. No matter what the case, violence is not the answer and it is never acceptable.
In the current issue of Ebony, an African American network development executive, who wished to remain anonymous, had this to say –
“Reality television shows are cheap to make and the talent is cheap to get. Why spend money on a good script or talent that’s worthwhile when any brown face fighting on the floor will do.”
After viewing a few episodes of various reality shows with different women showing their strength by way of fist instead of intelligence, I clearly noticed that documented female venom was becoming a vicious trend. It worried me and made me ask myself ”why on earth would anyone want the world to see them in this disposition, it’s embarrassing!” The perception that little girls now have on adult black women is what worries me. This behaviour sets us back a good million steps in the “real world’ and that’s REAL. Early this year when I found out Jennifer got slapped by a cast mate I was shocked. Jennifer always speaks out against violence and fighting so I knew that it was something she couldn’t even understand herself. I witnessed her go into a serious state of depression. I became very worried for her. She wouldn’t talk for days and no one was able to locate her. It made me think of all the young girls that deal with violence and name calling at school, these are the same children that commit suicide after being bullied.
I sat down one night last fall and came up with The Reality Check Organization. Our mission is to prove to the young viewers that violence is not the way. We are currently touring the nation speaking at conventions and events for youth. I sat down with Jennifer Sunday evening to talk about the upcoming episode. Here’s a snippet from our conversation – -
Me: Do you wish you would have physically retaliated after you got slapped? What did your mother say about this?
Jennifer: I do not wish that I physically retaliated. I am a businesswoman and an entrepreneur and I don’t want to represent myself as a fighter on TV. When I got hit, my mother was the first person that popped in my head. She was very disappointed this whole situation took place. I was not raised as a fighter or to participate in violence. Me: How did you feel after watching this episode?
Jennifer: I honestly could not watch this episode; I have never been hit before. It particularly saddens me to know people condone this type of behavior and glorify violence.
Me: I know you have been working on seeking justice in this situation. How has it been working with your Attorney Sandy Rubenstein and The National Action Network?
Jennifer: Just because I did not fight back physically doesn’t mean I am not fighting back. I am doing this the right way and fighting back using our justice system. Sandy Rubenstein is my civil attorney in NYC and Sabrina Puglisi is my criminal attorney in Florida. The National Action Network has been a tremendous help in assisting me with this issue.
Me: If you could say one thing to the young people that watched last night’s episode, what would it be?
Jennifer: My advice to young people that watched last night’s episode is please do not think violence is the answer.
Me: What does Reality Check mean to you?
Jennifer: Reality Check is near and dear to my heart. I think it is a great organization to promote positivity amongst our youth in the community. I am a strong believer that your foundation is everything and I feel a sense of responsibility to my community to display a positive image.
Me: Are you doing the next season of Basketball Wives?
Jennifer: I can’t even process next season. I still have to do the reunion show.
I am happy to say that Jennifer is dealing with her situation in the most civil way possible.
I myself hope that everyone involved in this scenario will find some clarity, peace and guidance from God. I pray that they will have the heart and mind to know that they are partially resposible for the thoughts and decisions of many young people that watch them and try to be like them. This is more than reality TV, this is Real Life!
PROTECT OUR FUTURE BY PROTECTING THE MINDS OF OUR YOUTH.