The Morning After Shahs of Sunset!

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The Morning After Shahs of Sunset!
by Esfand Aashena
12-Mar-2012
 

Finally after much hoopla and controversy over the new reality TV series Shahs of Sunset it aired last night on Bravo TV.  I expected the worst but as I watched it I realized it's not that bad, perhaps even good to some extent.

First of all as Bill Clinton the King of Spin once said don't shy away from controversy, whether it's good news or bad news because at the end of the day they're talking about you so embrace it and make the best of it.

Second of all this is a reality TV series and it is focused on the life and living of this group of rich Iranians in the greater Los Angeles area.  Life in California in general and Southern California in particular is different than the rest of America and those who are the loudest critics of this show are living in other states.  People from all ethnicities know about the fun and sun kind of life in California, after all they don't call it the La La Land for nothing!

They all have the same roots so to speak and for one thing like many young Iranians elsewhere who were either born here or were kids in elementry school when the 1979 revolution happened, call themselves Persian so they can get away with the negative Iranian tag!  They are Persian-Americans!  Ahh ok!

They don't know about how Khomeini got into power or how these Mullahs are ruling the land of Persian Empire!  So this is what happens next!  While their counterpart generation in Iran gather behind the green movement and demand change and risk their lives, they take time away from their California life style and show their support in the streets of Sunset Blvd!  That's ok they're young and here we are criticizing them for being "shallow"!

Now what's being "un-shallow"?  We have no definition for it!  Supposedly going to college and becoming Doctors or Engineers.  Well my fellow compatriots (as Reza Pahlavi would say ;-) if this show takes off they'll bring in all kinds of un-shallow people, the older generation, Trita Parsi and ask them about politics, Israel, NIAC, AIPAC and the nuclear negotiations!  Just you wait!

The plot is pretty much the same for other "successful" reality shows.  A bitch like character with an attitude having a breakdown every 15 minutes, a happy go lucky gay person or literally gay!, a playboy and a street smart person with attitude.

They say they don't represent anyone but themselves, fair enough, however, going back to their roots they represent achieving the getting rich dreams (read schemes ;-) of Iranians just about everywhere.  As we say in Farsi, in the process they'll hang themselves if given a "free rope"!  Like having a face like an accident and claiming to the whole world that if there is one thing in the world that she hates, it's being ugly and cracking a smile about it and dreaming of a dashing doomad sar-khoneh to make her complete!

Photo caption: a Shepherd around Zanjan

 

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Shahs Of Sunset attracted 1.1 million viewers

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The ratings are in and the Shahs attracted 1.1 million viewers which means the series pulled off a 6 percent increase in its time slot compared to average viewership over the last four weeks. 

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Do Not Shoot Me

GG has done all sort of surgeries

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GG has done all sort of surgeries and then she says that she hates ugly people!! Doesn't she know that plastic surgery does not correct the genes?  At one time of her life she will give birth to one ugly bundle of joy!! Surprise!


vildemose

Yolanda: Thank you for the

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Yolanda: Thank you for the link. He is very funny.

 A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.


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warnings from stephen colbert.... ;)

by sarshar45 on

http://www.tamaratattles.com/2012/03/sage-warnings-from-stephen-colbert.html?spref=tw

 

the dangers of the shahs of sunset..... and other dangers..... ;)


Esfand Aashena

While Reza is the toast of town GG is backtracking on "ugly"!

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She is all over the internet and twitter saying by "ugly" she meant ugly "inside"!  As if! Another pricess-like hiding your head under the sand when you screw-up royally!  Since when she even thinks what someone may be on the "inside"?!

Everybody in the world knew she was talking about the ugly "outstide" and if noone had said anything she'd have stuck with it as is.  Now that this single line of her's has become the headline from that show everywhere both in American and Purrrsian media she is saying she meant ugly inside!

She doesn't even apologize for it and instead wants people to apologize to HER for even thinking it!  Sounds Iranian?!  Should we look no further than our very own i.com?!  nah! 

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yolanda

...........

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Reza in "Shahs of Sunset" landed on CNN. He has a lot of witticism & wisecracks:

http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_mid#/video/bestoftv/2012/03/13/exp-point-reza-farahan.cnn


fanoos

Thank you dear Esfand Aashena for the explanation. I hope you

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washed your hands after handing in the shepherd an orange. As others have noticed, the shepherd must have been milking the poor sheep moments before you guys saw him. As they say boys will be boys and shepherds will be chopoons!

 


Esfand Aashena

Fanoos I always post a photo in my blogs.

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Mostly they are photos that I have taken myself.  I figure instead of posting 100 photos in one photo album which makes each photo seen just one second I post them in 100 blogs (life permitting ;-) and each will get more time being viewed.  I also try to choose the photos to somehow relate (not match) to the subject at hand.

Anyway, I chose this particular photo mostly because he was wearing an ensemble from Reza's Gay Collection at H&M (as I mentioned in another comment below ;-) and also as a comparison to how hard he works and lives for his money compared to the Shahs' lifestyles, one of which is looking for a man who can treat her like her daddy!

We were stopping by the side of the road and having tea in our car when this Shepherd was passing us by.  We called him and gave him bunch of oranges, one of which is in his hand.

Your take about this photo depicting Shahs shepherding the Iranian community as sheeps is point well taken!  Why not, it is what it is, I don't see any competition! 

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Naderi

The only people that have a problem this show are

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The only people that have a problem with this show are the same people that are introverted, boring, insecure, and finally, sexually repressed. If you are not all of the following, you are one or two or three of the four. It's entertainment like every other show out there. Lighten up and get a sense of humor.


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recap and comments

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via ilana angel of the jewish journal:

 

 I’m not Persian so I can’t comment on how this show will be perceived by
that community, but I can tell you it’s TV not politics and these
people are not hurting anyone.  They are not here to save the planet, or
make Iranian/American relations better.  They are funny, endearing,
annoying, charming, and fabulous.  If you want to hate, don’t watch.  I
will be tuning in, blogging, and keeping it real.

 

http://www.jewishjournal.com/keepingitreal/item/shahs_of_sunset_hello_were_persian_20120312/


maziar 58

............

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BEST OF LUCK AND $$success to all cast members ;I'm happy for them.

Personally watched the first 10-15 minutes of it  and changed the channel.

 Maziar


fanoos

Comparing the Shah's of Sunset to the Shepard's of Sheep!

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Is that what you are trying say here? Come on just come out and say it. This is a free country!


Esfand Aashena

Sarshar indeed it was funny!

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You know I don't look at this show from the point of being able to laugh at ourselves.  I look at it as is, first the cast and then the nuances of being Iranian which as you mentioned are funny!  Most in my circle of friends and family laughed at the first show, at least parts of it!

Over the past few weeks there have been several articles and posts about this show and I wanted to see it first before making a comment.  Now if you look at the responses so far, for every negative response there is at least 5 positive responses and after the show the positive responses are even more.  So that should tell us and the cast and creators that at least by an large it has been well received.   This doesn't mean that it will always stay this way but for now in a tough place like i.com where rude behavior and negative attitude towards others is a sport, they have fared well!

As I mentioned in an earlier comment I hope they can write in more of the old generation discussing politics and today's events.  BTW if a war breaks out with Iran the cast members will be our first line of "defense"!  They'll have to respond first and do it on camera! 

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Do Not Shoot Me

No Surprises Here

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Typical LA's Persian. 

 


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thanks for the positive post....

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esfand, thanks for the positive post. i have to say that i did enjoy the show, along with my teenagers. we laughed at them and with them. we will definitely be keeping up with the show AND atching and listening with a positive open mind. do we know people like them? of course we do....from all cultures. it is a REALITY SHOW that is somewhat scripted, somewhat off the cuff, yet entertaining in a simple way.

no, it probably isnt for everyone, but for those of us who enjoy some of the reality show series it is entertaining. reza farahan was funny and witty on the aftershow.... watch what happens live. he is a natural in front of the camera.

for some more detailed positive information and bios regarding the six members of the cast, tamara tattles has a great blog where she interviewed each SOS castmate individually. you can find the interviews in her february and march blogs. here is the link for asa soltan rahmati

 http://www.tamaratattles.com/2012/02/shahs-of-sunset-meet-asa-soltan-rahmati.html

 

enjoy..... i know i am so far! ;)


Siamak Asadian

Esfand jaan, you're the one describing a civil response

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"jumping up an down," whereas all I gave you were instances of "shallowness" in you favourite show.

You don't like responses from people, don't ask obtuse questions like:"How do you define shallownwss?" after watching it for a whole hour.

You don't like further responses, don't insult them by calling their civilized response "jumping up and down." Hopefully you've learned your lesson for the day. We'll see.

P.S. You didn't mention your favourite Albanian, that a sign of progress!

 


Esfand Aashena

Siamak you're an attention hog another trait you share w/ Shahs!

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Everytime you open your mouth, or in this case your keyboard, you share a trait with the Shahs and yet you call them shallow for it!  Same thing coming out of your mouth is good out of their mouth is shallow!

Here you are on my blog again trying to dog me and raise fuss and just recently you were blocked for the umpteenth time.  How shallow can you get?  When will you get the hint that you are one of the handful (top 2 or 3) of annoying users on i.com?

Who is more shallow, you a 60 something year old man who acts as if he has never seen an internet forum and acts like a 16 year old Valley Girl or these 30 somethings born in rich families whom you call shallow?

You by all accounts and definitions in at least two languages, Farsi and English are the definition of shallow!  So you are in no position to define un-shallowness! 

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Siamak Asadian

Esfand jan,how about if we blame it on your nonunderstanding of

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"shallowness?"

After all you were the one who asked what is the definition of "shallowness" after watching the whole episode!

And even after you were told of numerous incidents of "shallownwss" on the show, all you could come up with and mention is your favourite Albanian.

Now if that's not "shallow," not sure what is.

P.S. Did I mention everytime I write Rosa Luxemburg, and Antonio Gramsci I get paid for it. Please make sure to mention your favourite Albanian so I'll have an excuse to write Rosa Luxemburg and Anotnio Gramsci, in response, again, and again, and again, and...


Esfand Aashena

Varjavand they didn't want to be excluded from the Shah's list!

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Blame it on their shallowness, ala Jessica Simpson ending up as the spokeswoman for Chicken Of the Sea!  I think it was a little something otherwise our resident Communist wouldn't be jumping up and down so much! 

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varjavand

I watched it because I

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I watched it because I thought it was something; it was
nothing, utterly a waste of time. By the way Shah is not an English word,adding "s" at the end of it does not make it plural.  


Siamak Asadian

Esfand jan, you're like that parrot that only knew one word, and

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kept repeating it on and on.

Though very cute at the onset, after a short while it just got monotonous and obtuse, just like your favourite show and the  'Persians' in it. 


Anahid Hojjati

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Esfand Aashena

Siamak you're just like GG whose ugly but calls Asa ugly!

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As I mentioned in this blog the show has a lot of Iranian nuances, such as you being (or at least used to be) in love with Anwar Khojeh and Albania and when I call you on it you attribute your love to me!

Oh well, you are not as amusing and entertaining as these guys but you do share some similar qualities! 

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Esfand Aashena

Anahid jaan you can always watch the old episodes on internet.

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Whether it is this show or other shows you can always watch the old episodes on internet.  There are some shows that are late and I watch them on internet sometimes.  You can watch their old episodes in below link, I don't know about their ratings.

http://www.bravotv.com/shahs-of-sunset/season-1/episodes 

God how shallow have I become?! 

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Faramarz

Anahid

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Siamak Asadian

When and if you understand the dif between Shitte and Shinola,

by Siamak Asadian on

then you migh also understand the dif between offensive, shallow Iranians living in So. Calif and the decent ones.

Not to mention the dif between Rosa Luxemburg, Antonio Gramsci and your favourite Albanian.

But that would be way too intellectual, elitists, "high-brow" for your type. Carry on in vulgarities, cheers

P.S. I do get a commission from both Rosa Luxemburg Anstalt(Berlin), and Accademia de Anotnio Gramsci (Rome), every single time I type their names. So please keep mentioing your favourite Albanian, so I could reply to you by typing Rosa Luxmburg and Gramsci's names.

P.S.S. Typed those names a  total of six time in here. This day is to a good start. Thanks a bunch. 


Anahid Hojjati

Esfand jaan

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thanks for review of the show. I "missed" it. On Saturday morning, I heard an ad for it on the radio which talked about how the show depicts opulent life of these Persians. I guess I have to catch it next week. I wonder how the show did in the ratings. Does anyone know?


Faramarz

Good Call Bambi!

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That's why the sheep is wiggling her behind like that!


Esfand Aashena

bambi that's an ensemble from Reza's gay collection at H&M!

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 Just like Kim Kardashian who shops at Rodeo Drive has a clothing line at K-mart, Reza has a clothing line at H&M!  In addition to the open fly notice the hi-rise design depicting Manhattan's skyline for when the weather gets chilly in Beverly Hills!

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