Real Housewives of Atlanta has struck a chord in millions of television viewers. As networks, radio stations, and many fans hit social media expressing their personal views and debate one another over the physical attack on Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Kenya Moore, fellow cast mate Porsha Williams gets justified and glorified for her violent behavior. The morning talk show The View, known and respected for a mature and intellectual point of view, has reportedly invited Williams as a guest on the show airing Tuesday to give her a platform to possibly explain when violence is actually acceptable.
Many fans are appalled that The View would entertain a reality television star who recently had a warrant out for her arrest for assault. Sherri Shepherd, co-host of The View, and Williams both attended the highly publicized wedding of Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Kandi Burruss. Burruss was also a guest recently on the morning talk show for personal family drama of her own that friend Sherri Shepherd wanted to help her with. Burruss reportedly supports the violence that took place during the taping of the infamous Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion special. Burruss, a mother and successful business woman, stated in an interview with a big smile that former Miss USA Kenya Moore was “molly whopped” by the grand-daughter of a civil rights leader Porsha Williams. Running in the same Atlanta social circle as Burruss, fans wonder if Shepherd requested Williams to be a guest on The View to help the reality star justify her violent outburst.
During the taping of the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion, Williams directed an inflammatory insult at Moore who was seated at the other end of the sofa. Moore had already taken a few tongue lashings from cast mate Phaedra Parks, but she remained calm. It was apparent that Parks and Williams had made a pact that they would not allow Moore to get a word in to defend herself. Moore, staying in the spirit of entertainment, pulled out props to get laughs from the viewers. Her first prop was a scepter that she pointed in jest in the direction of Williams. Williams aggressively snatched the scepter out of Moore’s hand. Williams continued to speak over Moore. Cast mates laughed as Moore then pulled out a megaphone so that Williams could not drown her out. Williams did not stop with the insults, calling Moore a whore from the 1990s. Moore spoke into the megaphone to defend her self. Williams abruptly got up from her seat and physically attacked Moore, grabbing her by the hair and flinging her to the ground. Williams then violently dragged Moore across the stage by her hair. Moore, still holding the megaphone, did not use the prop to fight off the attack. She calmly got up and called 911 from her dressing room.
Williams suffered an emotional breakdown as she cried on the floor screaming she was embarrassed by what she had just done to Moore. Cast mate NeNe Leakes placed both hands over Williams’ mouth to keep her from saying too much. Leakes, no stranger to the “perp walk” herself, has publicly stated she supports Williams’ behavior. Kim Zolciak, former cast mate of the reality show, has felt the wrath of Leakes in a parking when she was allegedly choked by Leakes resulting in a 911 call. Zolciak has stated that she does not condone violence and that Williams could have found another way to handle the situation without putting her hands on Moore. Andy Cohen, vice president of talent and development, told Williams in her dressing that violence was not the way to handle the situation. Williams agreed. She explained she “blacked out” after Moore provoked her to violence. Bravo sent Williams home not allowing her to participate in the taping of the reunion.
Much of the public is now raising an eyebrow as to why The View would invite Williams onto their show to possibly glorify this physical attack further. Williams will share The View sofa with Sherri Shepherd, Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy, and Barbra Walters and will maintain she was pushed to violence. Williams reportedly believes Moore should be arrested for bringing props to a television show taping. Though Moore did not use the stage props to harm or fight off Williams, many supporters of Williams are viciously persecuting Moore in the media for having props. The brow raising question is whether or not Shepherd and the co-hosts of The View will join in the support of Williams’ explanation that she “blacked out” and was provoked to physical violence.
Shepherd, who reportedly has not been a top favorite of The View fans, has had to explain alleged anti-gay statements in the media recently. She has been known to never really take a solid stand on any issue unless it is about homosexuality and her religious beliefs. The View fans are curious to see if Shepherd will take a stand as a devout Christian in support of Williams’ violent behavior. Inviting a reality star like Williams on as a guest, could be seen as possibly scraping the barrel for ratchet ratings. Seeing as how Williams believes there are 265 days in a year, the Underground Railroad was an actual train that took slaves to freedom, and that $3,500 shoes are far more important than applying for health insurance, it is not easy to envision Williams sitting at the table with Goldberg and Walters discussing Putin or Sudan. However, some fans can see Shepherd supporting Williams to help her shine in an ugly situation.
Adults are provoked by spouses, in-laws, neighbors, co-workers, and customers often. With all of the issues plaguing people around the world, getting the view of Real Housewives of Atlanta Porsha Williams on “justified” violence is quite alarming in itself. The View fans hope that the young star will talk about something positive like her new weave line or possibly her blossoming singing and theatrical career. However, the big elephant in the room will not allow Williams to get up from the sofa without discussing her violent behavior. Whether a cast mate pulled out a scepter, megaphone, rubber chicken, or a beach ball, much of the public wants to know if Williams could have found a non-violent way to resolve the issue. More importantly, will the co-hosts of The View justify physical violence to get Real Housewives of Atlanta ratings?
Opinion by Meleika Gardner