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Rep. Israel blasts 'Princesses' show as inaccurate, stereotypic

Rep. Steve Israel, a fan of reality shows

Rep. Steve Israel, a fan of reality shows "Pawn Stars" and "Storage Wars," is no fan of "Princesses: Long Island." (Feb. 11, 2011) (Credit: Getty Images )

Gov. Chris Christie has complained that "Jersey Shore" casts his state in a negative light.

Staten Island Borough President Jimmy Molinaro called '"Mob Wives" "disgraceful."

In the same vein comes Rep. Steve Israel's turn to describe what he thinks is the reality behind a 'reality' show called "Princesses: Long Island."

"Much to my dismay, the characters on the show spewed gross generalizations about the living and dating habits of unmarried Jewish women," the Dix Hills Democrat states in a Huffington Post piece. He continues:

"And the stereotyping didn't stop there. In the latest episode, the characters get together for a Shabbat dinner, an important tradition in the Jewish faith and culture. As a Jew, I can say with confidence that this dinner was exactly the opposite of what the sacred Sabbath dinner is supposed to be. But for those watching unfamiliar with the holy meaning of the Jewish Sabbath, it is shown in the worst way possible, with excessive drinking and fighting.

"The characters do not shy away from any Jewish stereotypes and portray both Jews and Long Islanders in the most unflattering light possible. Yes, I know this is reality TV, but it's still unacceptable."

That said, Israel admits he's a fan of other reality shows including "Storage Wars" and "Pawn Stars."

His full HuffPo commentary is clickable here.

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