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One week after the first episode aired and negative opinions are still forthcoming over Lifetime's new series, Russian Dolls. How do the people in the community of Brightonn Beach feel about the way they are being represented on the show? Many are sick over it. Several new articles today go on in great detail as to the sentiments of the Russians and Jews living in this neighborhood.
What are they saying? In their view, the show represents the "low lifes" of the community. It's painful for many to watch, especially older, female viewers, who are the primary Lifetime audience. The show portrays them as being materialistic and showing off their wealth. It does not show the hardships that immigrants face when coming to this country. The aspects of the Russian stereotypes portrayed on the show, while it may exist in Brighton Beach, definitely represents only the minority of its residents. Yet, they feel the whole community is being painted with the same brush on the show.
The show barely mentions Jews, which is unusual since most of the cast is Jewish. The reasons for avoiding the "Jewish" component is unclear. It may be to avoid even more attacks from the Jewish community or it may be a way of trying to maintain it's popularity with viewers. The Jewish values are all about living your life with dignity and respect not how much wealth you can acquire and flaunt. So maybe it's better if they don't mention it on the show?
Of course, in the end, it's all about entertainment. The creators, the cast, the network, will not hesitate to show viewers anything that will generate ratings and money for all of them. That's the bottomline. If that involves exploiting and portraying their neighborhood, their Russian culture and their religion in a negative way...so be it. In the end it's all about the almighty dollar. That's entertainment!
Make sure to tune in for tonight's second episode of Russian Dolls and let's see what critics will have to say abou tit tomorrow: Lifteime @ 10:30 PM ET