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The West Hollywood City Council has passed a resolution condemning the new reality television show “The Shahs of Sunset” for perpetuating negative stereotypes about Iranian-Americans.  The show, which is produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions, airs on the Bravo Network, a subsidiary of NBC Universal.

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“The show depicts negative stereotypes of the Iranian-American community,” said West Hollywood Councilmember John Heilman. “Negative stereotypes disseminated about any group should raise concern as this can lead to discrimination and, in extreme cases, even violence,” continued Councilmember Heilman.

The resolution condemns the new show for perpetuating negative stereotypes and inaccurate depictions of Iranian-American culture and traditions, urges Bravo Network and Ryan Seacrest Productions to cease the promotion of these negative and offensive stereotypes of Iranian-Americans on the show.

The City of West Hollywood is located in close proximity to the area represented in Shahs of Sunset and has many residents of Iranian descent.  Many of them and others have raised concerns about the show’s perpetuation of negative Iranian-American stereotypes.

The City’s opposition to the television program “Shahs of Sunset” is consistent with past actions of the City Council denouncing negative stereotypes of the LGBT community and other groups which have faced discrimination and marginalization.

The City Council’s adoption of this resolution is consistent with the City of West Hollywood’s Core Value of Respect and Support of People.

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