Just days after Bravo’s release of their trailer to a new docu-series Married To Medicine– following the lives of female physicians and doctors’ wives– a petition has made its way around the Internet to put an end to the show before it even starts.
To date, nearly 1,000 supporters have signed the document “Bravo’s ‘Married To Medicine’: Cancel the show and remove all promotions” which points out the scarce images of Black female doctors and argues against the show’s association with “materialism, cat fights and unprofessionalism.”
The petition, reportedly started by a group of Howard University College of Medicine students, states:
“Black female physicians only compose 1% of the American workforce of physicians. Due to our small numbers, the depiction of Black female doctors in media, on any scale, highly affects the public’s view on the character of all future and current African American female doctors. Bravo’s “Married to Medicine” not only exploits the 6 lives of its Black female cast members, but, through its advertisements and commercials, heavily associates Black females in medicine with materialism, “cat fights”, and unprofessionalism. In a time when doctors are being held to very high standards by the public and each other, it is unfathomable for such a depiction of medicine and black women to be broadcast on tv where it will be inevitably available for years to come, on the internet and through other media outlets.”
The letter goes on to discuss the increasing difficulty in obtaining residency positions as Black women and how the show’s depiction of those physicians will only make the task tougher.
The network has yet to respond.
Earlier this year, a petition started by Sabrina Lamb shut down the debut of Oxygen’s All My Babies’ Mamas with more than 37,000 signatures. Should Married To Medicine suffer the same fate? Let us know!