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Erica Gimbel, left, and Amanda Bertoncini, two of the stars of "Princesses Long Island."

Uruburu also commented that “Princesses” reflects a cultural shift away from the gains that the women’s movement made in the 1960s and ’70s. “The women’s movement was about empowering women, jobs, education and so on,” Uruburu said. “Somewhere along the line something went wrong. We have this predominant culture of this ‘princess’ idea. If you look at traditional fairy tales, Sleeping Beauty just lies around waiting for Prince Charming to come and save her.”

Rose Veitsman, a Bellmore parent who is Jewish, agreed that the show “portrays women in a horrible way.”

“I thought it was beyond ridiculous. I thought it was too stupid to air,” Veitsman said. “I don’t believe any of these women are as stupid as they acted on the show.”

Erika Krassner, a Bellmore resident who attends college at the University at Buffalo and is Jewish, said she disliked how the show stereotypes young Jewish women from Long Island. “You’d think usually by your 30s you’d move out and not be relying on your parents and their money anymore,” Krassner said.


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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.

Thursday, August 8, 2013 | Report this

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

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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