Many black woman fans of The Real are still confused about why Tamar Braxton was fired from the show. Rumors have swirled blaming everything from alleged diva behavior, to co-star Loni Love. But a shocking Daily Mail report disturbingly suggests that, under The Real’s executive producer Rachel Miskowiec, Tamar was axed because of her use of African American Vernacular English.
“ ‘The focus group research showed that most educated and working women did not identify with Tamar’s show vernacular and her use of words known to be popular among drag queens and some gay men — phrases like “get your life,” “where they do that at,” “have several seats.”
‘It was even said she seemed more suited to be a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race on Logo instead of a talk show host on The Real,’ revealed the source.
‘The research went on to say that most educated and working women found her to be ‘ghetto’ and that her aggressive eye-rolling, neck-rolling and the smacking of her mouth were indicative of ‘stereotypical behavior that African American women have worked years to overcome,” the source continued.”
“That African American women have worked years to overcome?!” What in the entire f*ck?! I have not, to date, met a black woman who is seeking to “overcome” a sharp side eye, or well-placed mouth smack when the situation called for it. To associate these behaviors with crassness and lack of education reveals more about The Real than it does about Tamar. Is Tamar super extra? Sure. But to equate her behavior with ‘ghettoness’ reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of the diversity of black culture and expression (news flash: NOT EVERYTHING BLACK IS GHETTO!) and the sad reality that, in too many instances, people who are NOT black get to determine what is appropriate and inappropriate behavior for people who ARE.
The report also alleges that Tamar had frequent outbursts on set, including in front of show sponsors, and was difficult to work with.
However a friend of Tamar’s hopped on Twitter to dispute that;
We discussed this at a BGLH writers meeting, and some said they could understand why Tamar was fired given her sometimes uncooperative attitude on set, and occasional shading of co-hosts. However, one writer attended a taping of The Real (which goes for 3 hours) and said that, from her perspective, Tamar was warm and genuine and the host she connected with most.
There is speculation that, since being renewed for 2 additional seasons, The Real is trying to reach a whiter audience, and there are rumors that white extras are paid to fill seats at tapings.
Whatever issues The Real may have had with Tamar behind the scenes, blaming her unique expression of blackness as part of the reason for her firing is beyond disgusting and foul.
What are your thoughts ladies?