Reality TV executive producer Mona Scott-Young came under fire Monday after a trailer for an upcoming series, Sorority Sisters, debuted online. A number of Black sororities were to be featured in the program, sparking a swift response from representatives from those organizations in the form of a petition to prevent the program from airing.
The Sorority Sisters trailer highlighted members of the Black Greek Letter Organizations of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta and Sigma Gamma Rho. However, it has since been removed from online streaming services perhaps due to the grumblings of Black Greeks. Still, a MoveOn.org petition was enacted by Reynoir Lewis and addressed to Viacom’s president and CEO Phillipe Dauman and President Barack Obama.
Stop the spread of ignorance and stereotyping of our beloved Black Greek letter organizations. Our founders amongst EVERY organization worked extremely hard to allow us to unite and flourish not only on college campuses, but as a people well beyond our college days, and Mona Scott-Young now threatens to demolish those aims and goals we all abide by.
The petition has an aim of 7, 500 signatures and has already amassed nearly 6,000 thus far. Scott-Young has yet to respond to the fervor around the show nor is their word from Viacom the show has been canned. It is assumed that Sorority Sisters was slated to air on one of Viacom’s media properties.