Television producer Mona Scott-Young has been dubbed the Queen of Ratchet TV, and her show, Love & Hip Hop, has been accused of exploiting black culture, particularly black women. “It’s a damn shame that any black woman in a position of power would feel comfortable exploiting her sisters in her quest for the almighty dollar,” writes Sil Lai Abrams on The Grio. Of course, Mona Scott-Young is a businesswoman first and foremost, and if success is measured by how well you handle your critics, she has been running circles around her competition for years.
Love & Hip Hop, VH1's reality soap opera about men in the music business and the women who surround them, was conceived in 2006. It aired for the first time in 2011, has since spawned six different spinoffs—Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, Chrissy & Mr. Jones, The Gossip Game, This Is Hot 97, Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, and K. Michelle: My Life—and become one of the most polarizing shows on television.