As I as am sitting here on this dreary day, I started to think about how so many military wives despised shows such as “Army Wives” or “Married to the Army: Alaska”. The argument against these type of shows is nothing new. Simply put military wives don’t want to be portrayed as what has been known to be typical ( ie: lazy ,uneducated , baby makers, tag chasers) stereotypes of us.
If you were a fan of the shows mentioned above it’s no secret that Army Wives is supposedly coming back for an 8th season and poor little Married to the Army : Alaska just never had a chance. I attribute MTAA’s failure to improper promotion and a crappy time slot.
Even though I was a fan of both I have been thinking about how a Season 8 of Army Wives could really go? Most of the cast has left the show (even though I really did the new cast) , every season a main character dies , and I think we have played every story line in the military community. When it came to MTAA the show could have went in a great direction but again reality is not planned out. This is especially the case when we are talking about a lifestyle that is so taboo and that people can be so protective and sensitive about.
All those thoughts led me to pose the following question: Are military wives offended by shows that depict our lives period or just by ones that don’t portray us in the best light (although some of the topics be they true are taboo)?
I almost feel like some wives think we military spouses are to sacred to be discussed, or because our spouses are military that our lives (generally speaking) need to remain private.
I have heard through the grapevine that there is another reality wives show in the works, I will be right here with keyboard in hand waiting for your reactions.
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I love Army Wives (watching season 4 on DVD as I type, woot!), I have since my best friend turned me on to it in the second season. I think sometimes things are stereotypical but is that important? People are going to think what they’re going to think, & the truth is, no matter how many shows, reality or totally fictional, there will always be something special & sacred about being a military spouse. The “outsiders” looking in will never know & never understand. & that’s ok. I think the shows are great, when they’re done in good meaning & taste. My husband served as an active duty Marine for 4 years, when I watch Army Wives I think there will always be a little pang in my heart that is me slightly missing life as a Marine wife. That’s a good thing that it reminds me of the tough times & the good. I don’t understand people who think it sheds a negative light.
MTAA didn’t stand a chance. OWN gave it no chance which makes zero sense. Plus, right away they made fake dramatic instances to make the girls fight & be fake to each other. No one wants to see that. The Hills was a hit show until production got too involved, then it tanked.
I need to be a show producer/writer. Lol.
Late in the game on answering this question. I’m fine with these shows. My friends are all smart enough to know that they Army Wives is Hollywood fiction, there are some realistic situations and at the same time there are some completely UNREALISTIC parts, but all in all it can be a reminder to civilians that one we exist and 2 that our lives are not sunshine and roses, we have joys and hardships, etc.
There’s a lot of misinformation out there about military life, so any thing that can help put out the RIGHT information is always good, imo!