By: A.J. Niles
Love and Hip Hop Atlanta Executive Producer Mona Scott Young recently had to fight off criticism of the show from Rickey Smiley during an interview on his morning show. During the interview, Rickey Smiley expressed his dislike of the tone of the show and the images it displayed of African Americans. Mona staunchly defended the show stating that the show allowed the cast to express their stories and help determined aspects of their relationships as well as employing people, allowing them to pay their bills and take care of their families. Mona feels that the show is not targeted to children and does not let her own two daughters watch the show. Rickey, who admitted to not watching the show feels the Love and Hip Hop Atlanta does nothing to improve how African-Americans look on television to those who are not African-American.
No matter how one feels about the show and how it showcases African Americans, Love and Hip Hop Atlanta generated very high viewership during its air time and there have been talks of a second season. In fact, many outlets have reported that Vh1 will air the second season of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta sometime during the winter of 2013.
Check out the heated exchange below and let us know if you agree with Mona or Rickey.