Bravo’s Reality Show “Princesses: Long Island” Outrages Religious Leaders and Politicians
June 25, 2013
by Dana Klosner
(Long Island, NY)Princesses: Long Island, a show that chronicles the lives of six unmarried 20-something Jewish women living with their parents on Long Island, depicts a stereotype of young Jewish women being money-hungry and searching for rich Jewish husbands.
“Most offensive to me is the further perpetuation of the old ‘Jewish American Princess’ stereotype,” Reform Rabbi Marci Bellows of Temple B’nai Torah in Wantagh told the Huffington Post. It’s a form of self-hatred that always makes her cringe, she said.
The show is dysfunctional, according to Melissa Chapman, entertainment writer for The Stir. She cited an episode where one of the six, Ashlee White was preparing for her big 30th birthday party.
Ashlee lives at home with her parents, Chapman said. Ashlee’s parents are throwing her an over the top birthday party. As Ashlee is putting on her makeup, her father Hal presents her with a gigantic diamond ring. Then he says, “Now say ‘I do’ and don’t cry because there’s no time to fix your makeup,” Chapman said.
Ashlee says ‘I do’, then continues to prepare and throws a tantrum that her hair “cannot look like prom curls.”
In another episode the girls drive three hours to New Milford, Connecticut to attend a Jewish singles’ camp, according to Newsday. Much to their dismay they find the camp has been closed because of a major storm. So they head to a bar, where they ask every guy they meet if he is Jewish.
Representative Steve Israel is boycotting the show. “Much to my dismay, the characters on the show spewed gross generalizations about the living and dating habits of unmarried Jewish women,” Israel said in a blog. “The characters do not shy away from any Jewish stereotypes and portray both Jews and Long Islanders in the most unflattering light possible. Jews have spent thousands of years trying to dispel stereotypes. We’ve been repeatedly persecuted by groups that hate based on falsities an gross generalizations…Therefore, I will not silently tolerate a show that paints Jewish women on Long Island with an all too familiar and painful stereotype – the money-hungry, superficial, Jewish-American Princess.”
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