Rep. Israel: New 'Princesses' reality TV show is 'unacceptable'

Bravo’s website describes the show as documenting “the lives of six college-educated young women from affluent areas of ‘Longuyland’ who live pampered lifestyles in the comfort of their parents’ homes and at the expense of their bank accounts.”

The women featured on the show, the cable network says, “face pressure from their families and friends to find husbands and to settle down. Will these members of the boomerang generation find their Prince Charming, or are they forever content with their co-dependent relationships with their parents?”

Israel, who is Jewish, says of the program, “I will not silently tolerate a show that paints Jewish women on Long Island with all-too-familiar and painful stereotypes — money-hungry, superficial, Jewish-American Princesses. The characters on the show are welcome to live their lives however they may choose, but I don't want viewers of the show to think that they are, in any way, representative of Jews or Long Islanders.”

While the lawmaker admits he “kind of” enjoys reality television — noting he counts “Storage Wars” and “Pawn Stars” among his “guilty pleasures” — he’s not adding “Princesses” to his weekly viewing. 

“I hope that others will join me in deciding that this show is not the type of TV we should be supporting,” he writes.


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