Last season of "Love & Hip Hop" showed a side of Yandy Smith many of us weren't used to seeing and she received quite a bit of backlash about it.
But, in an exclusive interview with BET, Yandy made it very clear reality TV is all about entertainment. No one is trying to be a role model or your on-screen mentor.
I feel like there's a lot of backlash to reality TV and I do understand, as a mother, why there may be such, but I think what viewers need to understand is this is for entertainment purposes only.
No one signs a Love & Hip Hop contract and there's an amendment that says, 'I'm also signing up to be a role model.' Morally, yeah, you should have some responsibility to your community. I do believe that, but
again, the purpose of these shows [is] to entertain. When they stop entertaining or when they fail to entertain, they will no longer be on the air.
For those of you who constantly voice your complaints about the shenanigans of reality TV, Yandy simply says...if you don't like it...then, don't watch it!
So, I think a lot of times instead of pointing fingers at reality TV, people need to turn and point the finger at themselves because if you stop watching and you stop thinking it's so ratchet, there will be no reality TV.
But because so many people watch it and are entertained and continually support, the advertising dollars keep coming in, the bigger budgets keep coming in, our paychecks get higher every season. You know, you are helping for this to stay on the air.