Lifetime’s new reality dramarama BAPs—which means Black American Princes/Princesses—highlights a group of frenemies in St. Louis. But what do BAPs actually stand for?
BAPS: Bickering About Petty Shit.
Remember when we used to do the Exquisite Corpses of Bravo reality shows? I would rather watch an episode of Shrill & Fabulous than endure the incessant bickering between Anisha and Kirsten. Two years ago, the two women got into a fight about something and Anisha said she hoped Kirsten could never have kids.1 Don’t worry, Kirsten says flatly in an interview “I still haven’t forgiven Anisha for putting a hex on my womb.” Reader: please find the nearest mirror and try to say that sentence in monotone and with a straight face. If you can, you might just be a BAP.
BAPS: Belittling Another Person’s Status.
If you enjoy good old fashioned classism, this show is for you. No one is innocent here. Gail, a mutual friend of Anisha and Kirsten, uses class as a lecturing tactic. “You are not cut from the same cloth,” she says while trying to break up an argument. However, the biggest source of conflict comes from Anisha’s relationship with her BAE2 Kendrick. Kendrick does not fit the definition of what Anisha and her cohort consider BAPs—silver spoons, suburban, not wearing gold chains. In the full season preview, Kendrick’s presence causes strife.3
BAPS: Behaving as Petulant Snobs
Much like the Real Housewives franchise, BAPs features people who shouldn’t be friends attending the same parties hosted in private residences. Toxic people in toxic environments creating toxic “drama.” No thanks.