A new entry to VH1’s reality line-up titled “Sorority Sisters” has created a national protest, as many have criticized the perceived exploitation of distinguished black Greek letter organizations. Calling for it’s removal, many advertisers including the NBA, have already fallen back from the controversial show which follows a mix of women from all four respective sororities.
Despite acknowledging the backlash VH1 has no plans to pull the show, stating to Buzzfeed: “We are definitely hearing the conversation around Sorority Sisters and are taking the concerns of our viewers into account. Currently there are no changes planned for the series. The show seems to be connecting with an audience.”
Sitting together on stage, at the end of show the cast came together to address the controversy and reveal their individual thoughts and motives for joining the production. Speaking candidly about the backlash received following the show’s debut, the ladies also spoke about death threats received and the very real possibility of being removed from their respective organizations.
Said Metoya Monroe “I didn’t do this for the the money. Everybody doesn’t always get along and I think it’s naive of us to act like we do. I do not get along with every woman that I come across, yet we can be adults about the situation. I don’t think that I should be ashamed of what I pledged, because I pledged to get into this organization (Delta Sigma Theta.)”
While most stood by their decision to appear on the show, there was also regret shown about the experience as a whole as well as the perception given about sorority members.
A visibly shaken April McRae (Alpha Kappa Alpha) explained, “First of all let me just say that I am sorry. It was never my intention to sign up for this show and disrespect my sorority, I signed up to represent April. To better myself, to move my life in another direction and to grow my business. I didn’t sign up to speak for an entire group of people and I am sorry.”