Based on the two-minute teaser that producer Ryan Seacrest recently shared, LA’s Iranian community does not have much to fear from Bravo’s upcoming March series Shahs of Sunset. The worse element in the featured clip is arguably the comment from cast member Golnesa Gharachedaghi (pictured, far right), who says the two things she hates most are “ants and ugly people.”
Nevertheless, there has been quite the advance uproar over the show within the city’s moneyed, Beverly Hills-centric Iranian community. To which Radio Javan personality Siamak G. replies, nonsense. In a January 27 op ed, he argues that the show accurately reflects the reality of today’s LA Iranians:
These six [show] people are no different than 90% of the young Iranians living in Southern California or the East Coast. Have you not seen pictures of what we do during Las Vegas Persian Christmas convention parties? Do you not see pictures of house parties and three-day weekend club parties on Facebook? These are the educated successful Iranians that make up for the future of this community holding a Grey Goose bottle in one hand and throwing gang signs in middle of the hottest clubs in LA. So when someone like Ryan Seacrest wants to do a reality show about us, he doesn’t have to look far. We are everywhere.
He goes on to write that if Iranians in LA want the stereotype to be broken, they should consider doing more about it than simply complaining.