After watching the promo trailer for Bravo’s new reality show Married to Medicine, the newest entry in the rich-ladies-fight-with-each-other-and-their-husbands (see: Real Housewives of….) genre, all I can say is: I am so glad this was not filmed in Baltimore.
The show, which is set in Atlanta, follows the lives of six women — two are doctors; the other four are married to doctors — who, if the preview is any indication, spend their time drinking champagne, trying on furs, and calling each other “low-class whore.” Classy! The show features plenty of reality TV types, including Dr. Jacqueline Walters (“Doctor to stars like Toni Braxton, T.I. and Usher, this Board-certified OBGYN is also a two-time breast cancer survivor and advocate for breast cancer awareness. She also lives by the motto ‘Thin Is In’ and is obsessed with eating healthy and excessive exercise”) and Quad Lunceford-Webb (“Known as the ‘Black Barbie’ in her social circle, Lunceford-Webb is newly wed to psychiatrist Dr. Gregory Lunceford, whose reserved demeanor often clashes with her unpredictable feistiness“).
Baltimore, a physician-dense city, is presumably one of this show’s target markets. And who knows, maybe the show will end up being goofy and self-aware and absurd and inexplicably endearing, like the best reality TV programs sometimes are. Maybe the doctors of Baltimore will rush home from making rounds to see what this wacky bunch is up to next. More likely, though, this will be one of those programs we hate-watch.
Or maybe the best option is to avoid it entirely. That’s what Olabola Awosika of Washington, DC is advocating. “Black female physicians only compose 1% of the American workforce of physicians. Due to our small numbers, the depiction of Black female doctors in media, on any scale, highly affects the public’s view on the character of all future and current African American female doctors,” she writes in a petition to have the show cancelled. “Bravo’s Married to Medicine not only exploits the six lives of its Black female cast members, but, through its advertisements and commercials, heavily associates Black females in medicine with materialism, “cat fights,” and unprofessionalism.” She’s got a point. Do you plan on watching anyway? Let us know.
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