Which is par for the course in reality TV: According to a 2018 study of 42 reality series
, Black people were commonly depicted as "more verbally aggressive, and more likely to be the victims of verbal aggression than other races/ethnicities and...[Black] women were more likely than men to be involved in verbal aggression, both as aggressor and victim." Think the Angry Black Woman
trope we see perpetuated in tokenized casting. But also in the reaction to and meme-ification of The Real Housewives of Atlanta,
for example, and its well-GIF'd stereotyping: finger-snapping, wig-grabbing, and trash-talking. These women have become racially and digitally commodified, in a sense, boiled down to stereotypical behaviour in a way their white counterparts never are. In fact, it's white men and women, like Big Brother's
Michie, getting the "special hero edits," as a Vanderpump Rules
producer recently referred
to the editing process behind making the racist and recently fired Stassi Schroeder
the show's "protagonist."