‘Princesses’ embraces a stereotype and leaves some Jews uncomfortable

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PRINCESSES: LONG ISLAND -Pictured: (l-r) Chanel Omari, Ashlee White, Casey Cohen, Joey Lauren. Photo by Giovanni Rufino/Bravo / courtesy NBC

PRINCESSES: LONG ISLAND -Pictured: (l-r) Chanel Omari, Ashlee White, Casey Cohen, Joey Lauren. Photo by Giovanni Rufino/Bravo / courtesy NBC

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(RNS) They're a gaggle of self-admitted "Jewish American Princesses" with their own Bravo reality show. Some Jews, though, just wish they'd go away and take the offensive stereotype with them.

  • Leo

    Of course, it’s been fine to stereotype Catholics for decades through the images of the Italian mafia by often portraying characters cast against religious symbols and the hideous “Jersey Shore.” After all, the majority of Italians are Catholic.
    Certainly, the Mormons have had a good sense of humor with the Broadway show that they have been subjected to.

    What is the big deal about this show; any intelligent person knows that there are SOME Jews like this, and certainly not all. Take a look at the Orthodox Jews–could they be more opposite.

    I would like to see a show satirizing Islamics, but no one will dare.

  • Dale

    Leo, I remember when the JAP meme had some currency 35 year ago. It was clear that someone was trying to make a buck off of it, and it was clearly offensive even to this Catholic.

    As for the Mafia, no one is going to accuse Patrick O’Connor of being a made man simply because he is Catholic. I agree that Italian-Americans have labored under undue suspicion, but being Catholic wasn’t the cause of it.

    As for the “Book of Mormon” show, I think many Mormons are unhappy with it. Perhaps many are willing to grin and bear it, but consider the Catholic reaction to the play “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You.” Many Catholics were willing to put up with the satire, but many were offended at the same time.

    As for Muslims, why would you want to watch a play or musical satirizing any religion which is not your own? Is there any noble motive, let alone charitable feeling, which would justify such a thing?

    The “Princesses” show is as wrong, as was the show “Sr. Mary Ignatius,” as is the show “The Book of Mormon.” As in-group humor, they may work. But when taken to the general public, who do not share in the experiences of the characters, then these shows become problematic.

  • securlarist

    Boycotts work:
    The Show & creators & actors.
    The Network
    The Parent Network
    The Sponsors of the above
    Other shows by the above
    Much programming is offensive, so this goes for the gamut of shows. There’s no product you can’t do without; no brand that is better than all the rest.

  • Faith

    I am an Episcopalian woman,a mother,a grandmother and what I find totally offensive about this show is the blatant disregard of these young women when it comes to their reputations and the reputations of their families. It has nothing to do about the religious beliefs but it has everything to do with the way they actually conduct themselves in public and this on national t.v. no less. I would love to tell these young women to tone down their drinking and their other habits as they are definitely making fools of themselves and also their families. Ms Ashley seems to have the world at her feet, her parents are lovely and they fret over her,but Ms Ashley has to realize that she is now 30 and not a teenager and should not behave like one. You young women are an embarrassment to yourselves. Remember, your reputation is like a finely guarded jewel. Once it gets taken it is gone forever.
    This has NOTHING to do with religious beliefs. I mean, after all, that Jersey Shore show and those drunken “kids” brought Gov Mr Christie to a nearly apoplectic state and they were of Italian descent,and in all probability, Roman Catholic. There is a time and place for everything,including drinking and drinking to access,and this show makes you appear as future AA members.
    Sorry,ladies,but I sure am glad that none of you is my daughter.

  • Dignity for Jewish women

    Try Shahs of Iran

  • Dignity for Jewish women

    Shahs of Iran seems more dignified than Princesses. Princesses is just short for JAP. This stereotype is destructive and undermining. Shahs of Iran in a way breaks the stereotype that all who practice Islam do so in only one way. Shahs of Iran shows that this segment of the population can be just as selfish and arrogant as the rest of us in the lowest possible common denominator. A positive aspect of Shahs of Iran is that Jews, Muslims and Christians get along. Princesses is a very very very very cheap shot at Jewish women. It undermines Jewish women for profit. This is unacceptable.

  • This show is an embarrassment for young working students like myself who just want to go ahead in life and not be a burden for my parents shame on bravo an on this girls specially Ashlee, I am 21 years going to colleague and working two jobs. To support myself and my education.