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In Response to Re: New Bravo Tv first look:
Depending on your religious and geographic orientations, you might be offended by the new Bravo series “Princesses: Long Island” because of how it depicts Jewish people, because of how it depicts Long Island, or because of how it depicts Freeport, Long Island. (Residents of the South Shore village mobilized a boycott of the show after the cast member Ashlee White called their town “the ghetto” in the première.) The series follows a group of Jewish women in their mid- to late-twenties who all, for one reason or another, still live in the comfort of their parents’ Long Island homes.
These women, perhaps even more than other reality-TV subjects, seem eager to fulfill the subcultural caricatures they’ve been cast to represent. White, a self-proclaimed Jewish American Princess and the most shameless by far, gloats that her mother still makes her bed, gets mani-pedis with her father, and has a salon employee carry her to her car on his back so that she won’t be seen in flat shoes (she’s four feet nine). Erica Gimbel throws pool parties at her parents’ mansion and says that she was born “with a silver spoon up my ass.” Living at home, says Chanel Omari, who comes from a modern Orthodox family, is “definitely a Jewish thing, and it’s kind of a Long Island thing.”
Jewish observers of “Princesses” have criticized the show’s unflattering portrait of Jewish women and its schticky, inaccurate presentation of Jewish culture. A blogger on the site Jewcy wrote, “The way they yell ‘Shalom’ in greeting, repeatedly misuse the word ‘verklempt,’ and play up their Jewishness for the camera is pretty revolting.” At Slate, Jessica Grose was puzzled by Omari’s claim that staying at home is a Jewish thing: “As a Jewish woman who grew up in the New York area, I thought that was a ‘thing’ that died with the sexual revolution.” The hyperbole-prone comedian Julie Klausner tweeted, “Do I need to watch PRINCESSES OF LONG ISLAND or can I just leaf through a Nazi propaganda pamphlet?”
Posted by nyadrn
Not surprised to read this, and agree with Jessica Grose's comment in "Slate", that staying at home is a "thing that died with the sexual revolution"! Maybe I should clarify that .. it was fine to stay home until one married, but women expected to get an education & then have a career!!