Basketball Wives LA Season 1 was a success for VH1, pulling in 2 million viewers per episode. It was a hit so they signed the ladies for another go-round. Wells, season 2 started last month and it’s flopping, with less than half that number tuning in every week. And I know the ENTIRE reason why this is.
Love and Hip Hop Atlanta. Yes. This is the whole reason. Lemme ‘splain.
When Basketball Wives LA was on originally, we were loving the antics of Laura Govan (who was Queen of not giving a damb about people’s feelings), Gloria Govan (and her boo drama with Matt Barnes), Jackie Christie (and her CRAZASS), Draya (the one who was bullied for most of the season), Malaysia Pargo (and her… niceness) and I forget who else (and I don’t feel like looking it up. womp). The ladies were full of drama and just acted a reg’lah fool every week and we were fine with it. It was amusing.
Then Love and Hip Hop Atlanta happened and we saw what REAL ratchetness looked like. Within the first three episodes, we had fights, abortions, infidelity and Joseline. It was epic foolishment that made BBWLA’s look like a day at DisneyLand.
We hated Joseline at first and then grew to love her. It bonded us over our shared disdain for Stevie J and his groupon peen. We cheered for Erica because we wanted more than Scrappy for her and side-eyed Mimi for having all the bark with no bite to go with it. We got our LIVES with Momma Dee and wondered why Buckeey thought she was relevant. Yes GAWD, I loved LHHATL and I watched it every week with my Twitfam. We had us a good time on Monday nights!
I’ve watched the first 3 episodes of this season’s BBWLA and I caught all of them as recordings on my DVR. I haven’t been pressed to watch them as they air because I really stopped giving a damb. This is me:
I can’t care enough to tune in to see who Jackie Christie will lie about today. I think I’ve had enough of wondering whether Malaysia’s teeth are naturally that big. And the fact that Gloria Govan is for real pursuing acting gives me much pause. Also, the new girl Brooke? BOOORREEEE. I just stopped caring. And I think a lot of people have too.
It’s like watching Ricki Lake first and then being introduced to the Jerry Springer show. And then folks expecting you to be amused by Ricki’s guests. NAWL! The gates of TRUE ratchetness have been opened and we cannot go back out of it. We took the foolery blue pill. We are NOT here for that red pill anymore.
The bars of foolery have been raised and the ladies of BBWLA can’t measure up to LHHATL. It’s fact. The comparison might not be fair but it had to happen. If BBWLA comes back for a season 3, it’d be 1.5 seasons too many. They should just finish this one, get the lipgloss lines they all want and keep it moving. That’ll be best, I think.
But ummm… I’m SUPER ready for LHHATL season 2. I want them to start right now. For many reasons. I miss Joseline Hernandez already.
Have y’all been watching Basketball Wives LA this season?