You may remember Rapper Ja Rule as the heart of the music label Murder Inc. records that we know from bringing us many hits in the late 90’s/early 2000’s. This week debuted to MTV his new reality tv show “Follow The Rules“. The show follows Ja Rule, his wife Aisha bka Mrs. Rule and their 3 beautiful children Brittney, Jeff aka Lil Ja and Jordy everyday life living in Jersey.
“Follow The Rules” has taken a “TI & Tiny:The Family Hustle” approach, by stepping away from the ratchetry that is so prevalent in reality tv and instead depicting a functioning, and I repeat, FUNCTIONING black household, which contrary to some foolish beliefs, actually does exist.
The first episode was very intriguing and if I must say so myself HILARIOUS, showing Ja Rule being pranked by their oldest child Brittney, when she brings home her obnoxious “boyfriend” who lucky for Ja (who was very close to losing it and breaking his parole) was only her guy friend that was a bit too happy to join in on the prank.
In the reality tv realm, we have become accustomed to watching some extreme levels of ratchetry take place. Though it makes for a good laugh, how many times can we watch women fight over nothing and acting like wild beasts, baby daddy/ baby mama drama and all of the other cringe worthy storylines of these tv shows. Women and black people specifically are depicted as if they just downright have no home training or as my good friend would say, “no behavior…none”.
I too, like many others believe that reality tv 9 times out of 10 isn’t “reality” per say and know that some moments are created or forced for the sake of good television drama (cough cough “Mona Magic”). Real or not though, it is refreshing to come across reality tv shows like “Follow The Rules” that is entertaining and still maintains a high level of decency.
I could only imagine how my mind may have been corrupted as a preteen/teenager watching some of these monstrositys of what we call television shows. I’d probably have a totally different perception of what is acceptable in all aspects of life. I hope that’s not the case for the children watching it nowadays. Parents can’t even block these television programs from being watched by their children for the simple fact that they can watch it on the internet which they probably have access to regardless of parental advisory.
All in all “Follow The Rules” seems like a great new addition to the reality tv realm and I will be tuning in throughout the rest of the season. If you haven’t gotten a chance to check it out yet, tune into MTV Monday’s at 10 pm est or watch the latest full episodes on mtv.com.