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City Council Adopts a Resolution Condemning 'Shahs of Sunset'

The resolution urges Bravo Network and Ryan Seacrest Productions to cease the promotion of negative and offensive stereotypes of Iranian-Americans on the show.

City Council has passed a resolution condemning the new reality television show Shahs of Sunset for perpetuating negative stereotypes about Iranian-Americans. The show produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions, airs on the Bravo Network, a subsidiary of NBC Universal.

West Hollywood's opposition to the TV program is consistent with past actions denouncing negative stereotypes of the LGBT community and other groups who have faced discrimination and marginalization.

The city release states: "The City of West Hollywood is located in close proximity to the area represented in Shahs of Sunset and has many residents of Iranian descent. Many of them and others have raised concerns about the show’s perpetuation of negative Iranian-American stereotypes."

Councilman John Heilman said, "Negative stereotypes disseminated about any group should raise concern as this can lead to discrimination and, in extreme cases, even violence."

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GoodGriefCharlieBrown March 24, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Some of these city council people must stay up late thinking of ways to bring attention to themselves. This is up to the viewing public & not some opportunistic small town politicians. Even though this resolution packs no punch and will soon fade away, it makes the city council people feel empowered & impressed with themselves. It's called petty politics
ezio giraldo March 25, 2012 at 12:34 AM
if sea crest is involved its 100% garbage...that dude should be thrown from a helicopter
joninla March 25, 2012 at 03:50 AM
I think there is more than a stupid trivial action that will just fade away. This is not the first time the weho city council has taken formal action as the elected leaders of our city. In fact this kind of improper misuse of power by a duly elected government official is so common by our city council members that their delusions of grandure and invincibility from having to face the consequences for their actions leads to what have been historically inevitable harmful to disasterous megolamania affecting the basic rights and freedom of everyone living within their elected jurisdiction.
N.Dandre March 25, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Hagar bore Abram a son and he named him Ishmael.Abram was eighty-six at the time.-GENESIS 16.(KJV)Bible There are seven things that the Lord hates and cannot tolerate: A Proud look, a lying tongue,hands that kill innocent people,a mind that thinks up wicked plans,feet that hurry off to do evil,a witness who tells one lie after another,and a MAN who stirs up trouble among friends.--PROVERBS:16-19 (KJV)Where do these men stand in inthis situation? Where do you?
Manny March 25, 2012 at 03:01 PM
The Council should consider condeming the vulgur and pornographic images displayed on large video monitors OUTSIDE some of the clubs on the Blvd. That kind of awarness and action would be more appropriate than fulfilling the request of a City Commissioner of Iranian decent who is bothered by this reality show.
jimmy palmieri March 25, 2012 at 05:50 PM
IS THIS WHAT SOLOMAN AND HEILMAN STAY UP AT NIGHT DOING? WRITING FLUFF TO HAVE A LIGHT CAST ON THEM AS HERO'S AT A COUNCIL MEETING? HEILMAN IS SO DETACHED FROM THE PUBLIC, THAT HE IS NOT IN THE POSITION TO JUDGE ANYTHING TO DO WITH "REALITY". WHAT A WASTE OF CITY PAPER.
WeHoOne March 25, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Go to www.caseyresearch.com Search "The Ascendance of Sociopaths in Goverance" Read the 7 signs of a sociopath
me March 25, 2012 at 07:14 PM
i wouldn't mind it if shahs, kardashians and all of the housewives went away....lets see, what am i missing???
GoodGriefCharlieBrown March 25, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Speakig of out of touch with reality, several of these council members, JH in particular, are walking advertisements for term limits.
beyondliberal March 25, 2012 at 09:17 PM
See, "The Sociopath Next Door", by Martha Stout, Ph.D. She estimates the concentration of sociopaths in he general population to be 1:25, and 1:10 in business and politics.
joninla March 25, 2012 at 10:20 PM
i don't care or have a problem with what Heilman does late at night and on his own free and personal time. I (and the Constitution of the United States) do have a problem with what Heilman does as a professional acting under power and 'office' of an elected government leader who is making decisions of morality, decency, free expression or any other abridgement of our freedoms because their personal opinions become the formal voice, opinion, decision or conclusion of fact under the power and name of the City of West Hollywood ..... which is neither the personal property of Heilman to rule nor outside the the same rights, powers and limits placed upon government in the United States at all levels.
GoodGriefCharlieBrown March 25, 2012 at 10:34 PM
The study of sociopaths in politics is a relatively new phenomenon. Largely, any given electorate does not/cannot distinguish sociopathic behavior from leadership ability, and they accept political oddities as inherent in the nature of the game and are not always interested in knowing how it is played. However, with the advent of the current presidential election, these behaviors in politicians such as entry level local city councils, have been extrapolated to include the larger, national picture, revealing their extreme agenda of lust for personal control and obsession with having everything their way and knowing what is best for everyone else, possibly such as in the case of Rep pres candidate Rick Santorum. As the electorate learns more about & is able to identify, more or less, this sociopathic behavior, they become more that willing to turn these elected officials out of office, no matter how long they have been held, This has been demonstrated numerous times in recent years, Sen Rick Santorum again being a case in point. Obviously, absent professional analysis, these cases cannot/will not be other than generally identified, so it is up to an educated, perhaps astute voting public, to identify and reject these behaviors as counterproductive to their common good and act accordingly..
Pear March 26, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Honestly the show is insanely trashy garbage but I for some reason can't stop watching it. There are only a few episodes but I re-watch them like there's no tomorrow...
tony johnson March 29, 2012 at 10:45 AM
While I think it may seem a bizarre the City would openly criticize a reality program, this really is one true hardcore offensive show, in regard to showing offensively shallow people doing offensively shallow and self serving things. These people have the depth of a tea cup saucer, and the problems of which LV bag goes with which Gucci etc...and that's just the HIGHLY offensive Gay man. He makes me want to run out and do the first girl I see, he is such a hateful stereotype, and don't think that isn't what is behind this move from Weho. We have come too far to let some silly jerk wad like that represent us on TV, I wanted to commit a hate crime against myself after watching it it was so disgusting. Bravo to the City Council.
tony johnson March 29, 2012 at 10:50 AM
Pear, I am truly amazed, either you are in it, know someone in it, or invested in its success, otherwise I would have to label you without substance, and that just seems such a strong thing to say, but this is the most offensive show I think I might have ever seen to humans in general. If you find it entertaining, I would really examine your influences if I were you. This is actually a terrible exploitation in portraying Iranians, Gay people and anyone with a pulse such as these poor fools are being portrayed.
MarkD March 29, 2012 at 09:24 PM
PROUD to be on that piece-of-crap TV show? PROUD? Wow, people in this city really are sad attention-craving publicity whores. I can't understand why anyone would open up their private lives to millions of strangers AND the manipulation of TV editors and producers. Especially for the crap pay checks Ryan Seacrest pays for reality show performers.
Col Kurtz March 30, 2012 at 01:50 AM
who cares that show sucks anyways, hey seacrest go drink gas you fag
Chloe Ross March 30, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I had to watch this show once. They went to Vegas for Reza's birthday and spent many, many moneys. Internecine bickering between women was Erica Kane worthy. They sure love to drink. The women sure like to dress flashy and tight. These are not people I would personally seek out to make friends - but neither should they be censored. They signed releases. ANYONE who wants to be mocked on national TV is making an informed choice. They sure drank though. If the council wants to condemn any reality show they could start with American Hoggers.
joninla March 30, 2012 at 08:33 PM
I wholeheartedly agree with you, Chole. The ISSUE that is really a bigger deal than the trivial nature of this silly (but very typical for the times) TV show is the CENSORSHIP BY OUR GOVERNMENT. The City has gotten their wiring so twisted, they are under the belief that a TV show that endlessly states it is all about Beverly Hills and not West Hollywood, is related to any kind of anti-gay or discriminatory TV show which should be censored becuause it violates the civil rights of people. This is the opposite. The City is violating the Civil Rights of everyone by making a formal city governement Censorship action like this. We have many social organization (non-governement) that exist to make statements and/or suggest boycotts or whatever, when there is "Media" that depicts totally legal, non-hate speach programming such as GLADD. The Government has no business in Cesnorship whatsoever. I am ashamed of the City Council for acting against the most fundemental Rights which define the United States and the Constitution about freedom of expression. Well I am ashamed for all the City Council Members except John Heilman. Heilman is not just a licensed attorney, but a Professor of Law (where the boring details about how wrong governement censorship is taught so thoroughly) and his acting to Censor this TV show makes me EMBARASSED FOR HIM - as an elected offical, and law Professor at Whittier School of Law.
Manny March 30, 2012 at 11:12 PM
The Council condemns "Shahs of Sunset" and promotes "Go-Go Boy Day"....OY VEY! Only in Weho...Gottta love it.
joninla March 31, 2012 at 06:25 AM
Good point. The city government is making formal judgement on freedom of expression which are different from the vast majority of public opinion. But that's the way freedom works. People have opinions and the government stays out of what people choose to express as well as what people may choose to say in support or opposition of any such expression. Shame on such a basic goof over the most fundemental rights in a democracy, to wit: freedom of expression without government censorship. It starts small, like this idiotic weho condemnation of a tv show, but undermines our feelings and beliefs that should any one of us want to express themselves, they will not fear government reprisal such as a public declaration speaking for the government and thus all citizens who live in their jurisdiction that anything is deemed officially "offensive".
Chloe Ross March 31, 2012 at 06:58 AM
I have to say the council may be guilty of all you say - but that was a very lame show and clearly it was a cautionary tale that bore a resolution. In these times of financial woes watching a gaggle of tasteless boozehounds go to Vegas to have a pissing contest over exactly what I don't know was tiresome. Hooked up with the Kardashians it would be a perfect example of what should not be encouraged in terms of lifestyle. And folks, if you didn't think the Shahs were monumentally offensive and stupid then I pity you all.
C Daraband April 11, 2012 at 07:30 PM
"The City of West Hollywood is located in close proximity to the area represented in Shahs of Sunset and has many residents of Iranian descent." Ummm...wait a minute - the City of Beverly Hills has many residents of Iranian descent, not the City of West Hollywood. I'm sure the Iranian descendants in BH is capable of advocating for themselves - they don't need our city to do it for them. And yep, I'm an Iranian woman [but I'm always mistaken for Italian, hahaha], and I can assure any viewers of this fundamentally boring show that there is nothing Iranian about it. In fact, I'm very disappointed - these people are thoroughly Americanized. Aside from my own personal dissatisfaction with the lack of "Iranianness" in the show, WeHo should continue to focus on QUILTBAG issues.
Chloe Ross April 11, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Well - since they didn't condemn the Kardashians or any other group - 19 and Counting? I find the whole thing a tad crazy. And I agree having dated real Iranians from Iran - these Persians are not an example of Shahs of of anything but Na-Na-Na. And Reza - I think Reza is the problem. He far too "nelly" and is insulting to all the gay folks I know - the women are just slobs - but Reza the Gay Persian does seem to be a mockery - I think the Council should have mentioned that part too. I hardly think the women are what insulted them. When I think of Iranian women I think of politicians and women writers like Gina Nahai as just one example.
joninla April 11, 2012 at 11:03 PM
How about RU-PAULS DRAG RACE? That show has the most over the top sterotyping of gay people and drag queens. if you haven't seen the show ... You really should ... It's hysterical and by far the funniest and closest to home for the gay community to watch JUST FOR FUN! We embrace RuPauls drag race, but I can't imagine how many homophobic cities across the US would want to ban that show from 'community opportunity to see such a thing'. WE DON'T WANT GOVERNMENT MAKING DECISIONS FOR US ABOUT WHAT IS SOCIALLY/MORALLY/RELIGIOUSLY OK FOR US TO CHOOSE ON OUR OWN TO WATCH OR NOT.
Chloe Ross April 11, 2012 at 11:09 PM
I think it's Reza. I truly do and just as I do not want any government censoring my reading; neither do I want TV censored either. Wonder how they decided to choose this show to scorn.
joninla April 11, 2012 at 11:21 PM
not only do I also question 'why' they chose it, but how quickly after the first showing of the first espisode, while we get no action, comment or answers to the plummer park and $13 million dollar robo garage debacle that has lesf so many residents in great distress for so long. Is that why the city council does nothing about the real issues before them? TOO BUSY WATCHING JUNK REALITY TV SHOWS THEN ALL-NIGHTING IT ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER DISCUSSING THE CR@P SHOW ... SO THAT THE Y CAME 'TO WORK' AND CAME TO A CONSENSUS TO MAKE A FORMAL ACTION AND PASS IT? REALLY? REALITY TV SHOW FANATICS ARE BBEHIND THE WHEEL OF OUR CITY AND SOCIAL TEXTING WITHOUT PAYING ATTENTION TO WHAT IS GOING ON IN OUR CITY!
Chloe Ross April 12, 2012 at 12:35 AM
@joinla: We cannot make everything done by the CC into a reason to go back to non-related issues. It really advances nothing for anyone for or against the city. When you use caps it is shouting and we can hear you without noise added- but truly and with all due respect to the idea of free flow of ideas and to you - sometimes a banana is just a banana and requires nothing further be said.
joninla April 12, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Chloe - nobody is making you go back to any issue. You are choosing to and in this case, to complain about a continuing a discussion you have lost interest in. You shouldn't try to suppress anyones desire to express themsrlves, and 'with all due respect' is a euphanism for '% have no respect for you' All that aside, I am sorry you feel that way and with all due respect to you, I will give you unsokicited advice the same level of consideration as it warrants.
Chloe Ross April 12, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Duly noted.

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