On Monday, January 7, Cartel Crew premiered on VH1, the latest and greatest of reality television. I have many thoughts on the craziness that is this show, but let’s just start with why I watch it: Because it’s entertaining.
According to VH1, the premise of the show is, “The sons and daughters of cartel members give a glimpse into their personal lives as they navigate adulthood and the effects of their family legacies.” But just like anything else that is reality television, it’s the same thing with a different theme.
Shows like Black Ink Crew, Jersey Shore, Love & Hip Hop, Real Housewives, etc., provide an avenue for a certain group of people, to either get ahead in life or make themselves look crazy. And I am all here for it!
Do I believe most of these cast members were involved with a cartel? Sure. However, if everything they say is true, they must have a larger target on their back. Whether it’s the FBI or current cartel members, this show will put them in a position that I don’t think they will be expecting. Or maybe they do.
I can’t assume that the cast members are still involved or have taken a “bargain” via the police, but if you’re putting yourself out there on national television without thinking of repercussions, then it sounds iffy.
Take Nicole Zavala for example. In the two previous episodes, it was revealed that her uncle works at the New York Police Department. Later on, however, Nicole mentioned that fellow cast member Stephanie Acevedo‘s father may be a snitch.
I honestly can’t wait to see how this all turns out. It’s also good to learn about this side of history. Although not the greatest, it’s informative.
Meet the cast of Cartel Crew: