‘Princesses: Long Island’ shows Jewish American Princess at her worst, critics say

(JNS.org) Some members of the American Jewish community are criticizing a reality show which premiered in June on the Bravo network, “Princesses: Long Island,” for perpetuating negative Jewish stereotypes. The show focuses on several wealthy Jewish women in their 20s.

The "Princesses: Long Island" cast. Credit: YouTube.

“Most offensive to me is the further perpetuation of the old ‘Jewish American Princess’ stereotype,” said Rabbi Marci Bellows of Temple B’nai Torah in Wantagh, NY, referencing the stereotype that Jewish women are spoiled and only concerned with marrying a wealthy husband.

“Jewish women can be strong, independent, and wise—a fact missing from this terrible show,” Bellows said, according to the Religion News Service.

“What gets… emphasized is certainly not representative of some general set of characteristics about this population,” said Robert Thompson, a professor at Syracuse University.

But cast member Ashley White shot back at criticisms of the show.

“People get so offended!” White said.

“I’m like, ‘Bring it.’ I’m Jewish, I’m American, and I’m a princess,” she said.

Posted on June 23, 2013 .