If you can’t watch the video, here’s what you need to know: The woman, Geneva, moved in with her sister, Barbara when she was a teenager. Barbara’s boyfriend began sexually abusing Geneva. Geneva’s language speaks to this. Iyanla says, “You got pregnant with your second child by having sex with Barbara’s boyfriend.” To which Geneva attempts to correct, “He was having sex with me.” But Iyanla isn’t having it. Even though Iyanla concedes that what happened was statutory rape, she both compels Geneva to say that she was having sex with her sister’s boyfriend and then proceeds to call Geneva a hoe. So, a teenaged Geneva confides in her sister about the abuse, and her sister calls her trifling and doesn’t believe her. What’s more, Barbara tells Geneva that if she wants to keep living with her she has to earn her keep. So, she continues “having sex” with the boyfriend because he provides for her. Then, years later, in an attempt to rectify things, Geneva gets called a hoe on cable TV? Then, after telling Geneva she was hoeing, Iyanla wants to know why she’s crying and…hugs her?
Oh. So this is how we fixing lives now?