VH1’s controversial reality show “Sorority Sisters” has come and gone, but not without a few casualties.
The show, which featured five ladies from various Black Greek organizations, but the backlash from viewers and advertisers became a nightmare for the cast members.
Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. was first to take action against VH1’s controversial Black Greek sorority show by suspended two of it’s members (click HERE if you missed that) and then Delta Sigma Theta took action and took things a step further with expulsion.
Adrene Ashford, owner of House of Adrene Boutique and cast member of the former reality show, breaks her silence after expulsion from her sorority, stating:
The backlash was not something that I expected in this way. I would have never thought it would come to this. I have a lot of mixed emotions when it comes to the show. It is a very sensitive subject for me. There was some humiliation and I was very devastated. This year would be 20 years invested in Delta for me. This is my whole adult life.
Ashford also offers a public apology to her former sorority.
I apologize to all sorors and Delta Sigma Theta for any offense that I have made them feel. I didn’t intend to offend the sorority in any way.
My decision to go on the show was purely a business decision for the betterment of my brand. I’ve been working on it for as long as I’ve been a soror and as a business you’re always looking to evolve. I took a step to evolve.
My involvement in that was telling my story and I can’t really tell my story without having a reference or mentioning that I am a Delta, because that is significant to my story. I think a lot of reasons why I am a great businesswoman is because I pledged and because of some of the principles and the relationships that I developed through Delta in my business world and in my personal life.
It was never my intent to offend or misrepresent my sorors of Delta Sigma Theta in my involvement on the show. I want to graciously say, “I have been a proud member and have been for 20 years with Delta Sigma Theta.”
Adrene goes on to state that she would like to have a conversation with her former sorority about the situation. Something she reveals was never done prior to their decision to expel members who participated in the reality show.
There was not any direct dialogue between nationals and myself. I would love to have had a hearing before the final expulsion.
I think we live in a fair country and I think that one of the beautiful things about America is that we have choices. That is how I saw my interaction and involvement with the show. I never once thought, “Hey, I’m a Delta!” “I’m going to show them what Delta is about.” It was never that for me.
I would really like to share that with national and the powers that be. I would love to have the opportunity to have my voice heard and give them the opportunity to ask me questions directly as to what their issues are. I do understand that there are issues. I am willing to approach, talk about it, and discuss it.
What do you think about Adrene’s apology?
Was Delta’s punishment too extreme? Do these ladies deserve a 2nd chance?