Tashera Simmons addressed Fif's recent comments that he was responsible for the cancellation of her TLC reality series, which followed on a number of celebrities' former partners. She said that rappers like 50 Cent - whose whose ex-girlfriend appeared in the first episode of the series - enjoy the benefits of a sexist double standard, while her and her co-stars are penalized for attempting to share their stories.
"I am very disappointed by the sequence of events that has taken place in the last week. It’s disheartening that the show was cancelled after two episodes due to many inflated egos," she said in a statement. "I am no stranger to television and what just happened was unheard of and completely unorthodox. There were millions of dollars and a lot of hard work put into this project by the producers, staff, and my co-stars. It’s hard to believe that there are still some fundamental issues in our society about women speaking up or having a voice."
She continued, "It’s okay for rappers to get on television and tell their story about how many times they were shot or how they were heavily in the drug game, but it’s not okay for women to share their story about their life experiences. 'Starter Wives Confidential' was more than a show about bitter or entitled women; it was about a group of women stepping out of the shadows of their ex’s and finding their way in life personally and professionally.”
As previously mentioned, Fif took credit for the show's cancellation in a Tweet earlier this week. TLC has since issued a statement indicating that the show was cancelled due to low ratings.
The G-Unit general's original Tweet can be found below.
I want to apologize to cast of Starter Wives for having the show pulled off the net work.i sincerely hope you find work.#smsaudio o/oo
— 50cent (@50cent) February 18, 2013