Shaunie O’Neal says upcoming Basketball Wives movie won’t be a black woman’s story.
By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
In the middle of all of the recent Basketball Wives controversy, Shaunie O’Neal has confirmed that she will be taking her “business woman” talents and VH1 franchise to the big screen. While the movie is supposed to be a more traditional scripted motion picture, she has already assured the media that the story will focus on a basketball wife’s experiences dealing with the new lifestyle it entails.
When asked about potential casting, she told Vibe that she plans to incorporate a more racially diverse cast this time around:
“We haven’t casted yet, but I wouldn’t call it a Black woman’s story. It’s going to be a multiracial cast. Of course, there will be Black women ’cause most of the NBA seems to be. But it is going to be multiracial.”
When asked whether the film would be anything like the train-wreck VH1 show that’s in the middle of a pretty nasty boycott and widespread internet petition:
“…it’s not about women sitting around arguing or lunching all the time. It’s an actual story. It’s a love story. It’s an empowering story. It’s funny. It’s life. It’s similar—we’ve taken a girl who’s just going into the NBA life and experiencing things and showing the whole story. She learns from the organization. She learns from other wives. And by the end of the story, it’s empowering for women and men. It’s so nothing like the TV show at all. No comparison.”
Why do I get the feeling that this “more diverse” cast won’t be asked to behave as ratchet as the predominately woman of color cast on TV? I think we all need a break from Shaunie, and her tired business concepts.
What are your thoughts?