Russian Dolls, an upcoming reality show on Lifetime, has angered many Russian-Americans as they believe the program casts Russians, particulary Russian women, in a negative light.
In the trailer (view here), the cast of Russian Dolls fight, dance at nightclubs, gulp alcohol, and generally behave in an obnoxious fashion. In other words, the show appears to be a Russian version of MTV's Jersey Shore, something many Russian-Americans feared.
“There is no question in my mind that the Russian Dolls series will depict the Russian-speaking community in a distorted way, as a caricature, as a joke.” Ari Kagn, Comptroller John Liu's liaison to the Russian community, told Sheepshead Bites. “Lifetime does not care about the thousands of great, beautiful, funny, smart, and hard-working young Russian speaking women who attend colleges and universities, make money as paralegals, librarians, nurses, journalists, and computer specialists. They are great daughters, sisters, wives and mothers. They don’t spend most of their time in nightclubs, bars or lounges. They don’t speak this dirty language and they hate vodka.”
For its part, Lifetime describes the show as an "all-new reality series following the fast-paced comings and goings of eight larger-than-life men and women who live fully, love passionately, and work hard as only they can in Brooklyn's historic Russian-American neighborhood, Brighton Beach."
Russian Dolls premieres on Lifetime on August 11th.