‘Basketball Wives’ over ‘O.J. Simpson’? No thanks.

I could come to you with all the elaborate reasons why Monday nights at 10 o’clock isn’t the best time to be watching VH1’s “Basketball Wives,” but here’s my real one: I watched more hours of “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” this year than any other show in my life. It’s simply fascinating.

And I’m not kidding, either. Even though the first season was difficult to process — certainly not for viewers and mostly not for me — the third and final episode was, somehow, even more difficult.

And it was 10 o’clock on a Monday night.

But I just can’t recommend letting my kids watch it at the same time as my ex-wife’s. I know. That sounds like something the Borgs might say about alien abduction, but this is true.

I mean, her business is a pure business. We talk about careers, interests, adventures, pets, everything else. However, one of the rules we make for our two boys is that you don’t have to see her. Period. What she’s doing is her business, but you have to pass on it.

Until this season, I could show my ex’s kids “Basketball Wives” if I really wanted to. I had to get through the first two seasons, a few episodes here and there, but it was simple.

But “The People v. O.J. Simpson” is an odyssey through the history of football and celebrity, and TV and media. A march through a world that was awful and violent and troubled and grotesque. It’s important, it’s thought-provoking and it’s incredibly confronting, in the best way possible.

Of course, my ex found things painful and uncomfortable to watch. However, watching “The People v. O.J. Simpson” this year, I thought I’d better grow up. I needed to understand more. I needed to look at the poor, poor decisions, unnecessary cruelty and bigger-than-life antics of what made us a society where famous people were held to such low standards.

For a man who has traveled across the world looking for “anything that would set us free,” everything I had with him this year is rooted in the things that set us free. He committed a crime, yes, but there are people in this world who commit more heinous crimes than O.J.

He isn’t the only one to make mistakes, and neither are the men and women who love and care for him.

I just can’t show my kids a world that treats them like human garbage just because they are surrounded by it, on TV and in the newspaper every day. It’s brutal and corrosive.

So, when I got my renewal invitation, I quickly scoped out the prime time prime time hours, then did the most logical thing: I set the kids’ TV time to “Jeopardy!”

Thanks, Nichelle. I really appreciate the tip. So that’s just, “Basketball Wives,” go figure.

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