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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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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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