Ebony Magazine is receiving A LOT of criticism for having Real Housewife of Atlanta Star NeNe Leakes on their cover. NeNe was featured in Ebony’s Power & Esteemed Respect Issue. So what are people saying? “Ebony magazine has lost any credibility that it once had,” one commenter said, while another simply asked, “Ebony couldn’t get ANYONE else on the cover???” One comment even called the Housewives Star a “Donkey With Diamonds.”
Those are just comments online. On her nationally syndicated talk show, Wendy Williams, who also appears in the issue, spoke out against the criticism of Ebony and NeNe, referring to it as “crabs in a barrel.”
NeNe is defending herself, “I absolutely deserve to be on the cover,” she tells The Daily Beast. “This cover is about money, power, and respect. And it’s about a come-up story and I’m the one that had that story this year … Not only did I come out as a reality star that was very boisterous and vivacious and outspoken and all those things. I flipped that into money and respect. And a lot of people can’t do that. But listen to me, definitely all of the negative feedback definitely came from my own; African Americans were the ones that were the most negative,” she continues, adding, “And it’s so funny to me because I would call [the editor] over at Ebony and she would say ‘Girl please, glass houses. That’s all it is. They don’t want to see you on the cover, they don’t really understand the reason why you’re on the cover, they don’t know your story.’”
The editor in chief of Ebony is even speaking out, “Those who take issue with reality television’s role in pop culture have questioned whether Ebony made the right decision by glorifying one of its most popular characters,” said Amy Dubois Barnett.
NeNe added, “When Housewives of Atlanta first came out, there were no Basketball Wives, there was no Hip Hop Wives, no Hollywood Exes, none of that stuff. When Real Housewives of Atlanta came out, we were the first African-American ensemble like that on reality television. And right after that, there’s every housewife you can think of: basketball, football, baseball, ex-wives, any and everything. Trust and believe, I’ve looked at their shows and I say, ‘there goes their NeNe’ or ‘they’re trying to find their NeNe.’ I swear I feel like that every time.”
All I have to say is this:
Tell Us- Do you think NeNe deserved to be on the cover of Ebony?
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