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“Russian Dolls” Trailer Angers Russian Americans

26. July 2011 by Christy 0 Comments

After months of speculation, the public finally got a look Lifetime’s upcoming reality show, Russian Dolls (previously referred to as Brighton Beach), and many Russian-Americans are horrified by the way Russian men and women are portrayed.


“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.”


The trailer (below) certainly seems to be more Russian Jersey Shore than the multigenerational saga Lifetime described in May. In it, Russian-American men and women fight, dance at nightclubs, gulp alcohol, and generally behave in an obnoxious fashion. In other words, the cast of Russian Dolls behaves just like the cast of Jersey Shore.


Russian Dolls, a 12-episode series following eight men and women from the Russian-American community of Brighton Beach, premieres on Lifetime on August 11.