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Thursday, August 27, 2015
‘Princesses L.I.’ is familiar Bravo shtick
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Erica Gimbel, left, and Amanda Bertoncini, two of the stars of "Princesses Long Island."

“’Princesses’ is part of a reality show genre which peddles over-the-top exhibitionism with elements of stereotyping of different groups,” the ADL wrote in a statement to the Herald. “While these shows are infantile and prurient and probably not helpful to society, we do not believe they are particularly destructive. However, the use of the term ‘princesses’ has a history of being used pejoratively toward Jewish women, and it is unfortunate Bravo chose this title for a show about Long Island women who identify themselves Jewishly.”

Rabbi Scott Hoffman of Temple Israel of South Merrick said of “Princesses” that “at best it’s banal and at worst it’s offensive.”

Reality TV is “as far removed from reality as anything I know,” Hoffman said. “I spent years in Great Neck, a place of considerable wealth, and I don’t remember anyone acting in the way shown on the show.”

Hoffman expressed concern that “Princesses” might distort the perception of some about life on Long Island. “I think in New York most people know Jews or people from Long Island, and they know they don’t act like this,” Hoffman said. “But for someone who lives in the Midwest and doesn’t have context, I’m not sure. It’s hard for me to tell because I don’t live in the Midwest.

“The only thing that’s never depicted in these shows is normalcy,” Hoffman continued. “I hope young people have the filter to realize that this is very far removed on many levels from most people’s ordinary experience.”

Hoffman’s concern about “Princesses’” effect on young adults was shared by Dr. Paula Uruburu, vice dean of the School for University Studies and an associate professor of English at Hofstra University. Uruburu, who focuses on women’s studies and the history of American popular culture in her teaching and research, said “Princesses” prizes superficiality over intelligence and hard work.

“It’s all about looking good and being seductive,” Uruburu said. “What are your goals in life? Is it breast implants and Botox, or do you want to be a CEO or university professor? Where are girls’ role models today?”

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babysladkaya

Unfortunately, these shows exist because they pick the worst of a particular nation/race for everyone to laugh about. I am a Russian Jew and when the Russian dolls came out, everyone was mortified of their portrayal of the worst part of the Russian Jewish immigration, yet, I don't deny that such people do exist in certain enclaves of Brooklyn, namely Brighton Beach. It's all about ratings, do you honestly expect a show about normal hard-working girls who actually want to accomplish something great be a hit with audiences? It would just be too plain boring because guess what, this is actualyl the reality of our lives, and it's all around us, so why would you want to see on TV what you see in your real life everyday? It's a lot more fun to watch what happens in the real lives of those whom you will never ever get close to in your real life.

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lady_green_eyes

I must completely agree with babysladkaya's comments. These so-called reality shows are all about ratings, not a truthful portrayal of real day-to-day events in the lives of real people (in this case - young Long Islanders). They exaggerate the negative stereotypes of a certain ethnic group, in order to maintain a high level of shock value, and keep the viewers watching and waiting for more content to laugh and "gasp!" at. They are, in some way, similar to watching videos of horrendous car accidents: terrible things are happening, yet one is unable to take his/her eyes off the screen. Personally, I feel that this show genre (Princesses LI, Russian Dolls, Jersey Shore, etc.) are not much more than "airtime pollution", as they promote negative stereotypes and have zero educational entertainment value.

Thursday, August 8, 2013 | Report this
jstarfire

Hey, they wouldn't make a show if there weren't a good amount of these princesses on long island and elsewhere. Go to the mall, they are everywhere so let's not pretend they don't exist in numbers. Obviously anyone with half a brain realizes that because I am Italian, I am not a "Soprano".

Friday, August 16, 2013 | Report this
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