The women on Princesses: Long Island are no different than the women on any other reality show run by Bravo. They are rich, spoiled, inappropriately gaudy, and totally non-self-aware. This is not a new concept. But these girls ARE sort of different.
Unlike the Real Housewives, these are women in their late 20s and early 30s who live at home with their parents and seem to think that is normal. Really? They are also all Jewish, which may seem not all that offensive to the non-Jews out there, but for those of us who are Jewish? Ouch. It's a cringe-fest.
Because these girls are all stereotypes. Ashlee may be sweet. On the inside. But on the outside she is a spoiled, materialistic girl who wonders why she isn't yet married (none of the rest of us do). These women are stuck in a permanent adolescence when their real one left them behind about a decade ago.
Tonight's big drama was the fight between Casey and Erica, which had apparently been brewing since the two were 15. They are now in their late 20s. We could say grow the eff up, but you know, it wouldn't be reality TV if we did that.
So there they were, ruining Chanel's (oh yes, that's her name) Shabbat dinner in the Hamptons all so they could dredge up the past and fight about some boy they knew when they were kids. Grow up. I mean, seriously. If you can't understand people grow and change after high school, then you really need to get a grip.
Even so, if it really bothers you that much, why agree to go to the Hamptons at all? Or why did Chanel even ask knowing the drama that would ensue? Maybe that was the point. In fact, I am sure that was the point. But manufactured, obvious drama isn't drama. It's just pandering.
This is the overall issue with this show. It's not bringing anything new to the table. It's recycled garbage and it's making these women out to be clowns. It's mocking them without their knowledge. I mean, tell me Amanda has no clue that her incredibly effeminate boyfriend would be called gay by just about everyone who sees the show but her? How could she not know that?
That's the issue.
How could Ashlee (and all the women) not be aware that people would attack their looks and all the silly things they do when they act like spoiled divas ON CAMERA.
This may very well be the future of reality TV, but I say we deserve better. This is so obviously staged, it's exhausting. Do I care that Erica and Casey might kill each other? Sure. But do I buy this level of immaturity and silliness at their age? Nope. Not for a second.
Do you think Princesses is staged?
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