Word on the street and on the Internet is there's a new reality show slated to debut January 1 at 9PM ET/PT on TLC called "The Sisterhood," featuring pastors' wives in Atlanta, Georgia. Sound familiar? The Real Housewives...Basketball Wives...you get the picture. With this new show, however, TLC attempts to clean up the reality wives' genre with church hats, gospel music, and Bibles. "The Sisterhood," according to TLC is an "honest, behind-the-scenes look into the struggles, triumphs and unique experiences that shape these bold women as they ditch their Sunday hats and morph into the dynamic and influential figures they have become and aim to be." Sounds promising, doesn't it?
Not too fast. . . reality television just wouldn't be reality if it didn't have any drama. As the official press release states, "Tensions will run high as their faith and relationships are challenged through a dramatic season of disagreements, betrayal, criticism and exposing inner demons. Will they work together to support each other or will differences lead to tarnished friendships that are beyond salvaging a true sisterhood?" Watch the trailer below to view it for yourself.
Make no mistake about it; TLC is not in the soul-winning business. Let me repeat: TLC is not in the soul-winning business. They aren't even in the marriage-saving business. So, lower your expectations that a reality show featuring pastors' wives is about saving souls or encouraging folks to stay married. It's not even about the struggles within a "real sisterhood." For many black women, sisterhood is not something you play with or throw together for a video shoot. Sisterhood is serious, and sisterhood is sacred. It has nothing to do with a title or a position, and everything to do with trust and loyalty. So, from the beginning, we must remind ourselves that this is NOT real life.
Therefore, it's about ratings . . . and money.
Don't get me wrong, there isn't anything wrong with making money, and I am not knocking entertainment. But, in my opinion, there is a line. Just as I wouldn't want to make money by glorifying violence, drugs, and sex, I also wouldn't want to make money selling my Lord and Savior to an industry that's more concerned with ratings than with my relationship with God. But, that's me.
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Dr. Michelle Johnson