Yandy Smith defends reality TV: ‘It’s Entertainment’

Love & Hip Hop's Yandy Smith doesn't think that she should be held to the standard of a 'role model' just because she's in the entertainment business.

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Love & Hip Hop’s Yandy Smith doesn’t think that she should be held to the standard of a ‘role model’ just because she’s in the entertainment business.

In fact, she said, people don’t seem to understand the purpose of reality TV:

“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.”

She went on to point out that if people don’t like reality TV, they should stop watching it and stop boosting the ratings.

“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,” she continued.

“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.”