Now that Jersey Shore is one of the most talked about shows on TV, producer Elina Miller is capitalizing on the stereotypes of privileged ethnic communities in a knock off show based on the Russian-Americans in NYC's Brighton Beach community.
The casting notice says:
“Are you the Russian Snooki or The Situation? Are you a super outgoing and fun-loving Russian-American that sometimes sneaks kalbaska, pel’meni and vodka from the fridge? Can people hear the Euro/Techno/Russian music blasting from your car before they see you pull up? … The cameras will roll as you do what you do best—eat, drink and PARTY. Here’s who we’re looking for: Outgoing guys and girls between the ages of 21 and 30 who would be willing to spend one summer living in an all-expense paid digs in the New York City area and consider themselves to be Russian-American (or from the former U.S.S.R, including the Caucasus). We’re searching for people throughout the entire U.S. including: NYC, Miami, Cleveland, Chicago, L.A., San Francisco and beyond. You must love attention and be the opposite of camera-shy…..”
Brighton Beach, which is known as Little Odessa, has one of the largest Russian communities next to Moscow. Yet, the producer claims she has no intention of accentuating stereotypes.
“While some of the stereotypes may have merit, I’m trying to show that [the community is] a lot more complex," said Miller. "One thing that’s common across all cultures is the desire young people have to have fun, to unleash.”
No one can compare to the glory of Snooki! Sounds like a big mistake!
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