A group of 12 human rights organizations are after Bravo and Andy Cohen for the new series Real Housewives.
Ahead of the premiere of the new housewives franchise Real Housewives of Dubai, human rights groups have gotten a gathering wrote an open letter He called on the network and his face (Cohen) to speak out against the rulers of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.
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The organizations are asking Bravo to do 4 things to “clearly demonstrate your opposition to women’s rights abuses, homophobia and horrific violence”
The 12 organizations Freedom Forward, Action Corps, Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues, CODEPINK, European Center for Democracy and Human Rights, FairSquare, Health Advocacy International, Human Rights Sentinel, Just Foreign Policy, Last Mile4D, Peace Action and ReThinking Foreign Policy merged into a three-page letter Calls on the network to take concrete steps to “demonstrate your opposition to the women’s rights abuses, homophobia and appalling violence in Yemen perpetrated by the rulers of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates”.
“We are deeply concerned by your decision to produce and launch the latest installment in the Real Housewives series in Dubai,” the letter said. “Dubai is an absolute monarchy that is part of the dictatorship of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). By locating the Real Housewives franchise in Dubai, you are helping the dictatorship of the United Arab Emirates to hide the misogyny, legalized homophobia and mass violence against women of their male rulers.”
The letter contains a four-step request to the network, including disclosing whether the UAE rulers funded the show in any way, a disclaimer at the beginning of each episode, donating portions of the series’ profits to “independent human rights organizations” and fans of the Show to teach about the ‘bleak’ human rights by posting online resources and holding a human rights session at BravoCon.
The letter also included examples of “women’s rights abuses and homophobic politics,” including links to news articles backing up those claims.
The rights group says Bravo insults the intelligence of its viewers by glossing over human rights abuses.
jon rainwater, the Executive Director of Peace Actioncompared the production of RHOD to the franchise suddenly being filmed in Russia.
“Imagine if [Cohen] and Bravo decided to create the Real Housewives of Moscow at this terrible time for the people of Ukraine? The rulers of the United Arab Emirates and Dubai are responsible for a terrible war in Yemen that has killed countless women and men. Bravo and NBCUniversal insult the intelligence of their viewers by glossing over the human rights abuses and military adventures of the UAE dictatorship.” he told Yahoo.
An influencer from the United Arab Emirates spoke out against the show “This does not represent the real housewives of Dubai”
Majid Alamry, an influencer in the United Arab Emirates, spoke out against the show in a video posted on his Instagram account.
“My simple message was that this does not represent the real housewives of Dubai,” he said in the video. “But they talked about all women. I firmly believe that the majority of women in Dubai are hardworking and have achieved a lot. They do this while raising children. Of course we have fun and enjoy ourselves, which is a beautiful thing, but that aspect of our lives must not interfere with our actual identity.”
That RHOD cast includes Nina Ali, Chanel Ayan, Caroline Brooks, Sara Al Madani, Lesa Milan and Caroline Stanbury. The show will premiere on June 1st.
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