If you are familiar with the Lifetime television series, 'Married at First Sight' several adjectives pop into your mind when you hear the name, 'Michael Watson' from Season 10 (Washington D.C.):
Perched Lip Guy
Fake-Ass Yoga Instructor
I simply know him as Michael Watson, my loving and charismatic soon-to-be husband.
Since going public with our relationship, I have received countless messages from people either talking shit about him or questioning why I would be with him.
One message, in particular, stuck with me:
"Shannon, what is it like being with a reality television super villain? He's a habitual liar and is never going to change! Liars just get better at lying. I feel bad for you. You will be divorced in less than a year if you go through with this wedding in September."
How dare she come for me and my man like that! When I received this message, I ferociously began typing a response full of 'fuck you's' and 'yo mommas' when suddenly I had an epiphany.
Not everything deserves a response.
Yes, we all know Michael lied. I am not justifying his televised behavior, in fact, I have spoken out against it on several occasions, but let's be real here - ALL OF US HAVE LIED AT SOME POINT IN OUR LIVES. Show me a person that has not lied, and I will show you a liar! The only difference is his behavior was filmed and forever captured in the minds of those who watched the season.
He has taken emotional punches from both internet trolls and bloggers who have viciously torn him apart, yet he has remained silent. Instead of responding, he has channeled his energy into becoming a better version of himself.
He understood, to some degree, the backlash he was going to receive, but it is very rare that people consider the realties of marrying a reality television villain.
People (specifically Black Women in my case) COME FOR MY NECK… DAILY. They question my mental health, attack my intelligence or “lack thereof”, and threaten to physically harm both my daughter and me. Why, because of their disgust for Michael Watson!
What the fuck did we do, Sis? What happened to Queens respect Queens? Black Girls Rock? Protect Black Women and children at All Cost? Yea, that shit went clean the fuck out the window, that’s where it went. I always go out of my way to respect and speak life into anyone who contacts me! I have no issue answering questions, or having a conversation, even if it results in us agreeing to disagree, but why take it to a nasty place?