The Russians are Coming to Reality TV!
Jersey Shore outraged Italian-Americans and the upcoming Brighton Beach will no doubt leave Russian-Americans fuming. So which ethnic group will be offended next?
Forget The Situation and his pack of guidos and guidettes, there’s a new ethnic group that’s apparently ripe for ridicule. Riding on the coattails of MTV’s ratings monster Jersey Shore, comes a show that’ll place several twenty-something Russian-Americans in a pad in New York City’s Brighton Beach neighborhood, an area commonly referred to as “Little Odessa.” The creators of the reality program, unimaginatively penned Brighton Beach, recently posted a casting notice that begins, “Are you the Russian Snooki?” and then goes on to specify other desirables as hard-partiers who “sneak kalbaska” and blast techno music in their cars. While they uncharacteristically left out mail-order brides and borscht-slurping Armani-clad youth from the list, it’s clear we’re in for a parade of ethnic stereotyping. In other words, Brighton Beach will do for Russian communities throughout the country what its predecessor did for many Italian-Americans: it’ll surely offend them.
But who’s to say Brighton Beach will be the only cheap knock-off looking to capitalize on the fame (or should I say shame) of Jersey Shore? Here, a few other minority groups in America that should take cover before they become the next targets of the reality freak-show circuit. (And TV producers take note, we are trademarking the names of these imaginary shows!)
Call “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” the pale Jersey Shore. These lads burn in the sun, down pints of Guinness, and can brawl with the best of ‘em, especially when their beloved Red Sox are brought into question. But can these gingers take a punch like Snooki?
Chinese-American High Schoolers /Small town, Midwest
They’re the only Asians in their class or perhaps even their entire grade that can solve a math problem faster than their teacher, and Saturday nights are spent willingly sipping green tea with their wise grandmothers while gorging on fortune cookies. And it goes without saying that the stars of “Made in China” have mastered both Chinese checkers and the violin.