Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset Keeps Stars Ambiguously Ethnic

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In an effort to cash in on the success of the Real Housewives franchise, Bravo’s latest project (produced by Ryan Seacrest) is the Middle East-meets-Beverley Hills Shahs of Sunset. Look at those ballers party!

So as not to lose any points from the network’s huge Middle America fanbase, the previews for the show keep things pretty vague as to where exactly their stars are from.

And here’s the description of the show, via Bravo’s website:

Shahs of Sunset follows a group of friends who are trying to juggle their active social lives and up-and-coming careers while balancing the demands of their families and traditions. These passionate socialites are fervent on the dating and party scene, but seeking approval from their family they face pressures to settle down and marry within the community. From outings on Rodeo Drive to traditional Persian feasts at home, this series celebrates the unique lifestyle of a group of friends who have worked hard for what they have and are not afraid to flaunt it.

Well that doesn’t tell us anything! The cast bios shed a little more insight, referring to the new Bravoleberties like A$a Rahmati as “Persian.” For Reza Farahan, Bravo took a gamble and referred to “openly gay” real estate mogul as Iranian.

Is America ready for an Iranian Real Housewives in this political climate? Probably, if it makes for good television, with a lot of hair-pulling during the reunion. Already, the drama is brewing as one of the women on the show, Kathy Salem, is suing Bravo and Mr. Seacrest for allowing her to be bullied and “humiliated” by cast members.

Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset Keeps Stars Ambiguously Ethnic