Love & Hip Hop’s Erica Mena wants you to know that she and other reality-TV stars are not responsible for violence amongst black women.
By: A.J. Niles
Reality-TV stars and producers must strongly believe that their viewing audience are complete idiots.
Erica Mena, the same Erica Mena that was recorded smacking her baby’s father upside his head and fought Kimbella in an epic brawl on Love & Hip-Hop, wrote a blog for Vibe stating that she “is not to blame for violence” among young black women. She feels that the blame her show and other reality-TV shows like Basketball Wives received after a black teen was arrested for posting a video to the internet of her physically assaulting another teen is unwarranted.
From Erica Mena’s blog post:
I know I was in a vicious fight onscreen, and even though I publicly apologized, I can say that the fight was not scripted or done out of a cry for attention. When asked to join the cast of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop, my intentions were to make a point to some of the other girls who I felt were killing an already-dying industry. When I brought up my point, things became violent…but only after I escaped a glass that was being tossed directly at me.
At the end of the day, people will believe what they want to believe, but I have a child at home, who is very impressionable right now at his young age. When he finally sees my fight on camera for the first time, I will have a lot of explaining to do, to provide the same foundation that I believe the two “twitter beef” girls lacked. We all have screw-ups and can get taken out of character. The difference between you and I is that my moments are documented on camera and broadcasted to millions. When I have my moments, I should not be judged and used as a scapegoat for unnecessary violence amongst kids and young adults.
Erica really wants those that may or may not watch Love & Hip Hop to believe that her fight is not a contributing factor to violence among young black women? Millions of young black women watch these reality shows on Vh-1, Bravo, BET, etc. Basketball Wives eclipsed the 5 million viewer mark two weeks ago on the back of Tami Roman stealing Kesha Nichol’s purse and refusing to give it back until being threatened of police involvement during her last drunken rage.
Many will most likely agree that good parenting and setting kids straight on what is right and wrong is key to having a solid foundation for quality behavior. But to say that her actions on TV do not have any influence on kids and young adults is just as foolish as putting reality stars on the cover on Vibe magazine and calling them role models.