VH1 on Monday announced the May 5 return of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, its top-rated show, by releasing a super trailer for the new season. In the four-and-a-half minute video, cast member Mimi Faust talks about making a sex tape with her now-fiance, Nikko Smith. Later, Faust appears to be shocked when she learns that the tape (of course) leaked. “I have a daughter!” she wails to Smith.
Right on time, TMZ confirmed the long-standing rumors of the tape, saying that Vivid Entertainment—the distributor of the infamous Kim Kardashian sex tape—would release video this month. TMZ’s story noted that Smith and Faust, despite her apparent concern about her child, apparently gave her “sign off” on the tape going public. By midday, a 46-second trailer of said tape, Mimi and Nikko: Scandal in Atlanta, was posted on World Star Hip Hop. At press time, the clip had received upward of 6 million views.
Here are the most confusing moments surrounding reality TV’s latest scandal.
Viewers of the show rooted for Faust, the long-suffering “baby mama” to a philandering man. She owned her own business and made it clear that she wasn’t in the relationship for the money. In general, she was depicted as a good (and rightfully angry) woman in love with the wrong man. And she was particularly hard on his other woman, Joseline Hernandez, because she used to be a stripper.
Viewers thought that if Faust could just leave her ex alone—except for when it involved their daughter—she would be OK in the long run. Then she left him, chose an equally bad partner and made a “sex tape.” Fans are shocked and disappointed because they expected more from her.
Viewers didn’t take too kindly to Faust’s next boyfriend, who seemed like a second-tier version of her child’s father. Their on-again, off-again relationship was filled with made-for-TV antics such as his buying her a fake Rolex watch. Or his asking her to star in his (very bad) music video, in which she had blink-and-you-miss-it screen time. He also seemed to bring out the worst in Faust, who was reduced to a screaming caricature of her first-season self.
Fans hoped Faust would come to her senses and leave Smith (for good), maybe just be alone for a while and raise her daughter, before she got in too deep. But clearly that didn’t happen.