The Real

I personally think talk shows have worn out their welcome. I’m a old head and remember Phil Donahue, which means we have  been bombarded with talk shows for over 40 years.  Out of all the talk shows, that have made it onto the airwaves, only two folks have made a mark. The mentioned Donahue, and of course, Oprah Winfrey. Everyone else has been blah and usually forgettable.

So, when I saw the promo for the new talk show “The Real,” I was only mildly curious. I  decided to watch a few clips from the show, because all of the hosts are women of color.  It’s the one unique thing about this tired format. I  hoped because they were women of color, they would bring something new to the game. But alas, they are out of touch,  just like the rest of them.

It’s probably because they are all rich (or at least well off) women of color.   I had three problems with the show: (1) They all look-alike. They all have the standard homogeneous look that is required of women of color celebrities, these days. (2) It was annoying to see the full-figured black woman (yet again) shoving food down her throat/self-depreciating humor. Don’t we get enough of those images of black women in mainstream media? (3) they claimed that there will be one person on the show we (the common woman) will be able to connect to, I didn’t relate to any of the women. Ugh. If you can stomach it, the show has a four-week test run starting on July 15th…

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