The Creator Of The Love and Hip Hop Edge
The second I hear the term “guilty pleasure” my brain is wired in a way that is immediately triggered to think of Love & Hip Hop. ‘LHH’ is VH1’s reality soap opera (whatever that means) that involves struggling rappers, poor cinematography, and the exploiting of women, more specifically black women. Who might you ask is the mastermind behind all these renditions of Love & Hip Hop? Mona Scott-Young, a black woman in her late 40’s.
The show is accused of painting black women as delusional, ignorant, obnoxious and entirely dependent on “their” man who is usually more times than not cheating on her. Justifiable critiques that Mona doesn’t lose any sleep over. She hasn’t told a single cast member how to act or what to say. It’s literally just real drama in front of a huge camera crew, with scheduled occurrences for where a cast members meet to squash (or elevate) their meaningless beefs.
In an interview with Complex’s Lauretta Charlton, Mona states “I can’t stress enough that the stuff they deal with on [Love & Hip Hop] is real, we may frame it within a production construct that allows us to shoot on a schedule, but we’re not making up the stuff that they’re going through.” And this is why Mona succeeds. She handpicks the members that will be casted on the show and essentially focuses on who’s willing to bear it all, who has the most drug problems cough*Joseline*cough, and of course…who’s most likely to get physical at the drop of a dime cough*Joseline*cough. So in a sense, she’s a cruel evil witch whose edge is given in knowing what two dominating personalities literally can’t be in the same room without “putting them paws” on each other as cast member Lil’ Scrappy would say.
Throughout the interview, she constantly plugs in “the truth” and how real these altercations are, and how real the emotions are, and how thats the driving force behind the show. But I call her bluff, judging by how she’s perceived in the media and entertainment industry, Mona is a very smart and perceptive business woman who’s always planning her next venture.
She even developed the excuse that women on the show use LHH as a way to reflect on who they really are in an attempt to try to fix how the world perceives them. She mentions “A lot of them have been living these lives before the cameras were rolling, and will continue to lead those lives way after our cameras are gone. For some of them, being able to take a look at their lives by virtue of seeing it on television allows them to make a determination about whether this is the way they want to continue living, about whether there is change that they want to affect. It does give them an objective perspective that they don’t necessarily have when they’re just living it day in and day out.”
You definitely get an A for effort Mona, but you can sell that BS elsewhere. Either way, its a highly addicting show that I probably won’t stop watching…I guess we’re all just a bunch of Mona Scott-Young’s minions ehh?