We are only three episodes into the debut of Atlanta Exes and the show and it’s cast has been the center of hundreds of headlines. They were labeled bitter exes after revealing their divorce stories earlier this year when they promoted the show. But now that it’s hit the air we don’t think their bitter but Tameka Raymond is now a b*tch.
We’ve seen the cattiness and sly comments Tameka has made to her friends. She’s dissed the ladies style, their dating habits, lifestyles and parenting and no one checked her on it until Torrei called her out in episode 2. With the show becoming a number 1 trending topic every Monday night you can imagine the subject in those hashtags has to do with Tameka’s attitude. Now she’s livid with the response as she’s labeled the most hated cast member.
Tameka took to her blog recently to clear up her behavior and explain that it’s the “editing”.
Drama is value. Be it good or bad. No other place is this understood more than the medium of television. As with any reality show, we filmed hundreds of hours from which aggressive editing was initiated to elevate tension and create story. All of us, the entire cast understood this going in. We signed up for it. However, several scenes were placed together that did not happen in real time as they appeared. One joke, one side-eye or one critical comment transposed to another unrelated scene can create synthetic arguments that in reality did not occur. Editing can be and is dangerous!
The episodes you are watching were shot during the months of January through April of 2014. In those months, I was faced with the daunting task of moving out of my home, learning of my 6 year old’s diagnosis of (Type 1) juvenile diabetes, and enduring the trial surrounding my son, Kile’s death. Oh and filming a show…
When you watch the show, you may wonder why I ‘appear’ to be so negative. Or you may ask yourself, why did that happen? Or why did she say that? –I was going through a lot in my life. This isn’t solicitation for pity, rather understanding, especially from those who’ve experienced such times in their lives. I felt we were putting together a fluid narrative, but the editors took much of the logic out in the editing room and omitted a few kinder, more lighthearted scenes. So, much of what you saw attitude wise didn’t make sense. And when things don’t make sense the viewer assumes the worst – which is exactly what is happening.