On Monday this week, VH1 premiered the first
episode of its latest controversial show, "Sorority Sisters," created and
produced by Mona Scott-Young, who is responsible for the reality shows "Love and
Hip-Hop," "Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta" and "Love and Hip-Hop: Hollywood" (There are
so many snide remarks I could make right now, but I won’t).
follows the lives of a group of nine sorority sisters from several historical
black sororities – Alpha Kappa Alpha,
Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, and Sigma Gamma Rho – though there is some debate
if all of them are actually are what they claim to be.
By now, I’m
sure you have a pretty good idea of what the show is like. Roland Martin called
the program a "ratchet ass show" and
tweeted: "my brain cells are being
destroyed at a rapid pace."
And as you
can guess, Ms. Scott-Young’s new show
has been met with outcry from members of black Greek Letter organizations, who
claim that it is a distortion and an insult to real black sorority sisters and
sister, Reynoir Lewis, even started a Move-on petition to stop the airing of the new show.
As Ms Lewis
was quoted, the petition was started to "stop
the spread of ignorance and stereotyping of our beloved Black Greek letter
organizations… Our founders amongst EVERY organization worked extremely hard to
allow us to unite and flourish not only on college campuses, but as a people
well beyond our college days, and Mona Scott-Young now threatens to demolish
those aims and goals we all abide by."
To date, Lewis’ petition has collected over 53,000 signatures, well on her way to reaching her
goal of 75,000
Nevertheless, despite Ms. Lewis’ efforts, VH1 still went on with the show, which was met with a new
Twitter campaign pushing back against it, by Greek organization members, using the hashtag #BoycottSororitySisters.
Furthermore, they have started a movement to boycott the companies that endorsed
the show, and it seems to have taken some effect.
For example, Hallmark Cards
announced that they will stop airing ads during the show. The company tweeted on Tuesday: “Our commercials appeared as
part of a larger buy on VH-1. We aren’t planning to air commercials in future episodes."