The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is a collaborative organization of nine historically African American, international Greek lettered fraternities and sororities.
Often referred to as ‘The Divine 9,’ the NPHC consists of Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, and Zeta Phi Beta, Alpha Phi Alpha, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Iota Phi Theta.
NPHC issued an official statement denouncing VH1’s latest reality show, Sorority Sisters.
As leaders of the four historically African-American sororities, we are united in our belief that Sorority Sisters, which aired Monday, December 15, 2014 on VH1, poses a shameful affront to our proud legacies of service, scholarship and sisterhood.
Read full NPHC statement + find out why VH1 isn’t planning to cancel the show anytime soon…
In addition to the scathing press release from the NPHC, several advertisers have vowed to pull out from VH1’s airing of Sorority Sisters. So far, Coca-Cola, Crayola, Carmex, Honda, T-Mobile, Hallmark and JBL (a subsidiary of Harman International) have all pulled the plug on advertising during the show.
While the backlash continues, VH1 has vowed NOT to cancel it… yet.
According the the AssociatedPress:
VH1 says it’s sticking with “Sorority Sisters” despite criticism of the reality show’s depiction of black sorority members and the growing defection of commercial sponsors.
There are no plans to change the 10-episode series that “seems to be connecting with its audience,” the channel said in a statement late Wednesday. About 1.3 million people watched Monday’s debut episode.
Welp… there you have it. The more people protest, the more people tune it. Looks like a ‘win’ for VH1. SMH…