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And so we begin a new series -- Shahs of Sunset -- capturing the lives of six Persians in Beverly Hills. Disclaimer: I, in fact, am half-Persian. My father was born in Tehran, and while I live in New York, along with half of my family, the other half does live in Beverly Hills. And attended to Beverly Hills High. I hear about the “old country” quite a bit from my father (stories I actually always feel fortunate enough to hear), and about how things changed when the Shah was overthrown. He still reads Persian magazines, and somehow found Persian television on his computer. We bond over things like Parazit, the Persian version of The Daily Show. (Jon Stewart actually had the guys from Parazit on his show last year.) And, this is semi off-topic, but I recommend reading/seeing the graphic novel Perspepolis by Marjane Satrapi which describes the darker side of that time. (Persepolis also happens to be a tasty Persian restaurant on the Upper East Side.) Sooo in a lot of ways this show hits pretty close to home, maybe a little too close to home. But, from my experience New York and California Persians can be quite different, about as different as New Yorkers and Californians in general, so I’m “learning” things right along with the rest of you! We learned a lot about the six people whose lives we’ll be chronicling over the next five episodes. Let’s break them down:
Let’s start with Mercedes, or “MJ,” Her dogs have Facebook pages, they vote for Presidents (on Facebook.) She’s the single girl, whose friend, Jenn, is getting married. We go along as MJ and her friends shop for Jenn’s wedding dress and bridesmaids’ dresses, MJ tells her friend that marriage is pointless. Let’s just say MJ is a little damaged over her parents’ divorce. Her mother is also fairly critical of her, and married Jewish women. In fact, the discussion about the different views on religion, intermarriage, etc. was fascinating to me, and I’m sure it won’t be the last we hear about it.
After watching this show I am completely disgusted by how arrogant almost the whole cast is. Asa seems to be one of the few polite people and she has substance. Yet, people hate on her for her attire?! Really?! Leave her alone you schmucks. Take away the money and these people are nothing. I hope the show gets canceled so television isn't plagued with one more vile reality show.
very unusual people and I am sure many traditional Iranians will reject this if they see it. I am an american widow of an Iranian man and I lived in Iran before and after the Shah left and afterwards. I have seen the country and its people-- this is really a very small group--- but like most things this only will show a few things that are true across the board with all Iranians.
GG. I can't stand her. She reminds me of a little chihuahua constantly yapping. Reza is my favorite. He's a little queeny but he has a way that is endearing.
Hmmmm.... GG is annoying (can't get that line out of my head, two things I don't like, "ants and ugly people") She should be embarrassed. Not sure if this show will survive, it's not that interesting quite frankly, the two redeeming characters though are Reza and Asa. They are interesting.....
Thank you so much for this series, if it were anymore like my ex-inlaws I would think they were the creators. My kids were laughing their butts off and they are 19 and 21. Reza looks exactly like their father, porn mustache and all.
The show is too over the top!! these individuals are way to materialistic! It is almost to the point of being disgusting. The exception to that rule is Asa, who seems to be the only one that is grounded. There are so many positive things they could be doing for others, and instead it is about how many material items they can gather for themselves.
WOW, I am so disgusted by the whole cast....This is one show I will NOT be watching..Oh by the way, What the hell is wrong with H&M???? Stupid Girl...
I was a little taken a back by the attitudes and comments by the cast. I understand class and the like, but you don't have to be downright nasty about income, especially when the majority of your viewership are "normal", working people who love stores like H & M. Please get over yourselves.
Why do we keep producing another show of people who are vain, have no respect or empathy for the common/average person, who have nothing to do but spend money, brag about how much they have and even say they don’t like “ugly people”. I guess the American dream includes bad human qualities and is not isolated to just the American culture. TV shows like this proves that are society has no intelligence and thrives on self indulgence.
BOOOORING! I will not be watching this show at all. GG needs to look in the mirror and get over herself. Fire the glam squad. At her age she should have more going for herself besides spending dad's money. Asa is the most interesting and I like her style.
I'm still on the fence about this show. I want to hate it because it shows the rest of us "normal" Iranians as materialistic, crazy, pretentious, self-absorbed, snarky a$$holes. But on the flip side of things, how is this any different than any of the other reality shows that we all watch (come on admit it, you all secretly love jersey shores and all the real housewives shows and the Kardashians)? Yes, I wish it was about the more successful and normal Iranians, but let’s face the facts: THIS IS REALITY TV… it’s going to be over the top exaggeration! Hellooooo, we’re Persian!!!!
I agree with the other comments, show was not good and offensive how they acted. I was excited to see this show as I love all the Real Housewives shows. But this did not deliver and live up to the hype. I stopped watching half way thru and changed the channel. Not worth my time. A bunch of spoiled brats so out of touch with reality.
I totally dislike this show I will never watch it again. Come on Bravo put shpws on we like. These people think they are to good for anyone. Yuck
I loved the show. I'm very interested in the Iran/Persian culture. I loved the background stories the cast members told -very inspiring. I think this new show adds more depth than the average reality show. Most of the cast members seem down to earth in a way, except Gigi. Gigi is so cool - no one is walking all over her. Can't wait to see what happens next week!
OMG G.G honey , yes u were talking behind Anita's back O.K ! M.J started it and you had to join in . Your all bark baby !!
I have to agree with the rest of the bloggers that the cast seems arrogant and narcissistic except ASA so far. Being from persian descent, I am embarrassed to be represented by such artificial people.Grow some humility and get over dropping name brands every other second on the show. We get it your rich! Its definitely not classy to brag and put down other brands and people from other income brackets (which majority of the viewers are most likely from btw). And GG just seems so loud and obnoxious and needs to go through temper management.
That's a classic case of "forgetting where they came from."
I do like Reza and Asa. However, GG will learn her lesson in humility. When the press is finished with her, I think she will.
why not show the rest of the hard working persians in beverly hills. the ones who live in rented apartments, and struggle to save while going to school on scholarship? The bright intelligent persian life of beverly hills, not ALL persians are like what this show portrays...A little dissapointed
Launa - Mikes Date at the Pool party is the best part of the show!!!!! She is HOT!!!!!!! Launa you were at a pool party, your supposed to wear a bathing suit. lol HELLO!?!?!? G.G. - DUH?
I browsed through the previews and I refuse to waste my time with this garbage. What the hell is wrong with H&M?! There are ALOT of viewers who do shop there and purchase what they can afford. Obviously, they are NOT looking for fans. OK, so what if you can afford expensive clothes? MAny viewers and other families are lucky to have jobs and support their families and yet you have this broad coming on and judging stores that the average income or lower-income viewer shops at. And whatever her name is, she is NOT all that. I do NOT find this GG aka"Persian Princess" to be all that attractive. Maybe if she had a nice personality, then maybe people will say she is attractive, but otherwise, Miss H&M, you are NOT all that. Many beautiful women in Beverly Hills, and you are not one of them. Take Camille from RHWOBH or Peggy from RHWOC. Use your money for some facial radical reconstruction.
Bravo, it is in VERY poor taste to have such classless creatures on telelvision. Are the producers THAT busy that hey just took whatever show, without really seeing what these people are like and just throw it on because they have nothing else better to do?
It amazes me how people who have money THAT talk down to others (not all wealthy people are this rude), they wonder why they are single. Deep inside a good man/good woman wants someone who is kind, respectful, and decent. Not some materialistic, cold-hearted individual.
This is one show I will not be watching. Like most of the other people who commented, I thought the cast, with the exception of Asa, were very arrogant and stuck on themselves. I found it very ironic that GG on a couple occasions bragged that she is still supported by Daddy, even going on a shopping spree and having everything charged to her father's account, but when Asa comments about not being supported by her father, GG flipped her lid and went off on Asa. GG needs to get over herself. She isn't half as pretty as she thinks she is. Sorry Bravo....I think you're reaching on this one!
I am 110% Persian (Iranian American) who grew up in my beloved Los Angeles (Hollywood) to be exact. Ever since moving from LA I have always found myself almost lost and removed from my Persian American culture. The show last night brought it back and I can't thank you enough. People say the show is silly and does not represent the community, to them I say so what. Its better and much closer for at least a sliver of Iranian Americans than anybody else has shown. Most important it shows the culture of Persians in Southern California, I am so proud of growing up in Southern california a place where we Persians developed our own culture not based on religion or a regional alliance, but a place where we all Jewish/ Moslem, Christian, farsi, turk, Armani or kurd or anything else choose to identify ourselves as Persians and citizens of Tehrangeles.
Thank you Shah's of Sunset for giving me back my childhood and no place in the world represents what is best about Persian Culture than Souther California, not even Iran.
OMG, people who don't find these people interesting need to get a life. I knew from working at a movie theater in Beverly Hills that a lot of Persians are also Jewish but when I started watching this show, I started thinking of them in terms of the Cuban emigres who live in Miami. I also wonder if these were the people in power in Iran, would there still exist a threat to Israel. being of Greek descent myself I find the ethnic similarities between Persians, Iraqis, Turks, Armenians and Greeks fascinating. GG is smoking hot and Reza definitely a scene stealer. Great new show!!!
So far my fave is.....MJ's mom. I LOVE her! and MJ in the bridal shop was horrifyingly funny. Who tells a bride wearing a wedding dress, in a bridal shop, not to get married cause she'll just get divorced. MJ DOES. So far she's among my faves.
I think the show is meant for entertainment; please do not judge these people and simply don't watch it if you don't like it; finally after so many years, we are on prime time tv which gives us a platform like no other; for reality television, the Shahs have the best ingredients: backstabbing; clash of classes; religious and social disposition; and of course, major drama. Thank you Bravo.
Thank you Bravo for another GREAT show..... Please do not listen to all these haters the show is a hit in my book, thank you!!!!
I, as a Syrian American who has children that are also Persian am offended by so many of your comments. I wonder if they are coming from hatred for the middle east, hatred for people that have actual money that they have worked and toiled for (not the housewives wannabes, i.e., New Jersey, OC, Miami), or just that they are in your face.
TanyaAnn72, get over yourself, we don't all live in the midwest, and are white bread people cut out of cookie dough. You appear to be a single older woman, who has never seen anyone of middle eastern descent. Bravo Bravo for making this happen.
Viewer2210, you are right, not all Persians are like this, but these Persians are, so let them be who they are. Not all housewives are like any of the women in the franchises but they are shown, so get over it, again, sounds like a slur to me.
Sidster congrats on getting your comment posted, I commend you for blogging. You have a birds eye view on what this show is about, you are not only from BH you are Persian and for that you should be proud.
These people didn't disrespect Zales, H&M, or any store you people frequent and purchase items, they told you THEY don't shop there, get over it stop being so sensitive, if you have watched Tabatha she is way more offensive. PS
If people like these guys were in control and that's why they overthrew the Shah, then I totally understand. Luckily, most Persians I know are nothing like this lot. Like Asa and Reza, though.
Why not have GG's Daddy cut her off completely and let's watch the Princess survive. That would be good TV.
Wow....GG really....girl....in L.A. you really are not "all that" or "that Hot" by comparison. Tone it down a bit for your own sake.
And to people sticking up for the show, please realize that most viewers get attached to shows because of the characters and these characters suck.
It's no more or less classless than any of the "Real Housewives". The only difference being that they actually care about one another. I love M.J. and her relationship with Reza and Sammy.
G.G. is too immature, and all her ghetto comments confirm this. I would feel sorry for Asa except that I think she loves being the odd man out. And as for Mike... I pity the girl who has to live up to those expectations.
Love the show!
Is it just me or is GG acting like a mean version of Courtney Kerr???? Her hair is the same the style similar...a pool party comment, although not even close to as funny as The Courtney Kerr.
I am an Iranian American and yes, I think this show represents Iranian Americans in an arrogant and materialistic way, but u have to admit a lot of Persians in LA are like that... GG is totally annoying and the drama on this show is just foolish, but that makes good television and I think its pretty funny. But I think this show is doing good for all Persians so Americans can see that Persians are not all terrorists or Muslims.
This is my idea i sent to Ryan Seacrest 4 years ago, when i was in Los Angeles.The concept was stolen i will fight until i get credit for what they stole.I like the show.
It is tasteless for this show to air. With all the conflict the United States is involved in, and with tensions high with Iran, I won't be watching this show. Our great country allowed these folks to seek refuge, and in the land of the free and the home of the brave, we able to become millionaires. This is one show I refuse to watch.
GG - take her out and the show may just be saved. She's vile. Ants are more redeeming creatures than GG. They're organized and hardworking, 2 adjectives that GG cannot claim to be.
I don't know about the show...the drama is definetely there because you got shallow characters in it. GG really gets under my skin but thats probably why i'm gonna be glued to the tv when its on. Its a love/hate show.
@ Yojimbe = There is NO similarities between Turks and Armenians!!! Really - do you know what you just said? Ask my grandparents who escaped the genocide of which I would not be born a proud Armenian!!
Reza, we looooove watching you on the show, because you have naturally talent! The camera loves you too, because you make this show fun & interesting. You definitely nailed your CNN interview---awesome/priceless! Please do NOT listen to any negative Iranians (cuz it hurts more from your own kind); when was the last time you heard any Iranians work well together or SINCERELY praise one another? Bottom line, this is your show, and don’t let the haters take that away from you. Remember, your own quote “ I was NOT elected from the Persian House of Representatives….so I represent myself” so live/enjoy the moment my friend! From your Marble, gold, & of course colum faaaaaans!