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Posted Mar 11, 2012 @ 10:57 PM

Was that David Golshan (one of Patti's clients on Millionaire Matchmaker) at the restaurant?
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Posted Mar 11, 2012 @ 11:02 PM

UGH ... They should have called it Most Eligible Persia. They even had the non-couple with the sexual tension. Don't care whether those two get together either!! GG went way too small on the nose job. She just looks weird and she's kind of an idiot.

With daylight savings time, that's TWO hours I've lost this weekend.
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Posted Mar 11, 2012 @ 11:06 PM

I love how Asa clearly marches to the tune of her own drum.


I agree. Asa intrigues me, and I'm interested in listening to her music. Here's a blog with some of her videos for those who are interested as well: http://www.pinar-vio...log/2011/02/aa/

I like MJ, but I feel like her refusal to marry comes from a place of bitterness rather than a genuine disinterest in marriage. As someone who had divorced parents (and mine divorced in the worst way), I do understand why she doesn't want to get married, but I don't know... I think if her parents were still together (and happy), she would want to be married, as well. Her mother is a huge influence in her life, and it shows.

I like Reza. The "I'm very, very HUMBLE." line reminds me of a good friend of mine and it cracks me up every time.
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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 12:12 AM

Reza's mustache is killing me softly.

Good to see I was justified about my feelings re: GG.

The discussion of Sammy and sex had my gag reflex working overdrive.

On first look, I liked Asa's 'coffee house' vibe. Time will tell but I wouldn't be surprised if she became more judgy about the life decisions of the others as the season progresses.

Edited by prmami, Mar 12, 2012 @ 12:20 AM.

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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 1:08 AM

All I came away with after that hour of nonsense was how much I FUCKING HATE people who think exotic animals are good party decorations. UGHHHHHHH!
Although not surprised with this group of dumb shits.
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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 1:29 AM

As for the pug faced girl who hates herself...you know...the one who hates ugly people? Jealous much bitch?
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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 1:55 AM

Can someone please explain how these people are "refugees"?

I do not think this word they keep using, means what they think it means.
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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 2:07 AM

Can someone please explain how these people are "refugees"?


I don't remember anyone calling themselves refugees, except for Asa. But typically a refugee is someone who has been displaced from their country of origin due to war or religious persecution, so in primarily Asa's case she could be considered a refugee, no?
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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 2:44 AM

at least most of the JS cast are genuinely funny and likable


Only when they are being mocked by Beavis and Butthead does that apply. They are dumber then Beavis and Butthead.

No most Iranian Americans aren't refugees. Most were already living in the US prior to the Shah being overthrown by his own people and the Shah was put in power by the US after the democratically gov't of Iran was overthrown by the US. So a number of Iranians were already in the US due to the oppressive gov't of the Shah and then you had the Shah supporters living in the US. It's like the story of a number of supposed Cuban refugees when they were already living as immigrants in the US when the mafia supported Barista gov't was in power but when Castro came to power these immigrants who had become US citizens were suddenly refugees.

American Muslim got canceled because it was boring and the boycott against it by certain Christian groups was also dumb but did show to a number of people that these Christian groups were racist a-holes.

Shahs of sunset may only have a season in it but shallow people who are miserable while rich and complain that they are not rich could be watched by people to make them enraged at rich people who have everything yet constantly complain. Let me have their problems if I can have their riches as well.
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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 3:11 AM

Congratulatons Seacrest, you actually created a show that makes me physically ill. I have low tolerance threshold for the wealthy at the best of times, but these people are just plain vulgar. No class, no grace, just in your face capitalist bile.

I didn't know whether to laugh or hurl something at the screen, when I heard the term refugee by one of them. The majority of people who left Iran after the revolution, as is usually the case, are the educated elite who thrived under the Shah and had the means to leave. Refugee yeah right! Tell that to a Palestinian languishing in the camps of Lebanon or Jordan, they will probably tell you to shove a kassam rocket up your arse.

Edited by noisebox, Mar 12, 2012 @ 3:12 AM.

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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 5:35 AM

I stopped watching after GG and Asa's stupid nonfight because I felt like I was watching TV on Bizarro World. Everyone kept talking about how hot they were, but all I saw was a bunch of old, busted people with horrible personalities.
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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 6:44 AM

Will someone please slap GG the Chihuahua down? So much mouth.

So much mouth figuratively but literally she looks like she's missing half of it. That brat should look in the mirror, her super teeny mouth puts her quite firmly in the fug category. How old is this chick? Like 30? How can you be that age and not only not have a single aspiration of your own to speak of (except finding some spineless husband to cater to your every need, I suppose) but proudly throw around the fact that your Daddy still supports your entire lifestyle and pays your bills?

I liked Reza but only because he's completely in on his own joke.

Yeah, Sammy the playah? Whatever. Gross.

Mike, "the hot one", was completely repulsive to me. I suppose he's the cup of tea of some but I can't stand that look. I bet he's five foot tall max.

MJ was such a mess she was kind of enduring to me. I love someone being featured whose end all be all goal isn't to be married. However, I agree that her behavior in the bridal salon was downright rude and thoughtless.
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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 10:33 AM

Not completely sold on this show yet, but on a shallow note, I'd like to say that everyone on this show has the BEST eyebrows -- Reza too!

I'm intrigued by Asa, as she seems to be the black sheep of the crew.

Oh, and Mike and GG are totally into each other. At least it seems GG is crushing or will be crushing on Mike -- we'll see.

Edited by Ladybugnine, Mar 12, 2012 @ 10:39 AM.

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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 11:09 AM

I'm so over these reality shows, but since my background is from that region, I just had to watch this train wreck. For me, this line from the NYT nails it:

You can imagine the average contemporary Iranian watching it and thinking: ďAh, thatís why we needed the revolution. To get rid of these people.Ē

Yup, that pretty much sums up about 90% of the Iranians I know, regardless of their religion. Extremely materialistic and shallow. Even if they're highly educated, which most of them are, they are still VERY pre-occupied with what's on the outside: labels, cars, houses, etc. I live in an area with a large Iranian population and I don't care what their occupations are, almost every single one drives a Mercedes! They will throw themselves into debt, but they will NOT be denied their Mercedes, damn it! And every conversation will somehow refer to how much money/position of power they had "back home" pre-revolution.

The only one who seemed tolerable is Asa, only because she seems to realize all the above, and thus draws the ire of bitches like GG.
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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 11:25 AM

Reza's mustache is killing me softly.

Me too. And me and my husband laughed against our better judgement when Sammy said "Even with a rapist's mustache, he's still cool."

All the dudes wax their eyebrows. I'm slightly amused.
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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 11:32 AM

My word, watching these people is like watching a group of cartoon characters! I'll,tape and watch a couple more episodes to check it out. The most annoying person is that not so great looking mean girl with the unfortunate tiny mouth who said she hates ugly people (pot meet kettle). And she doesn't work and her Daddy supports her? What a pathetic ass! Seems like she wants to start an easy career as a reality star who stirs the pot and creates controversy. What lofty aspirations she has....not. Ugh.
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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 11:47 AM

I hope to goodness it isn't anything like Most Eligible Dallas.

My first reaction exactly! I was going to match up those people from Most Eligible Dallas, only to realize I could not remember anyone from that show.
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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 12:04 PM

Oh, where to start.

I am Persian-American (came to the U.S. at the age of 2 in 1979) in the midst of the revolution. I've never referred to myself as a refugee but like many of the cast members, I guess technically I am in the sense that we had to leave all of our valuables and friends behind and start a new life due to political issues.

. . . AND that's where the similarities end. Does it make me a shallow Persian to say this crew is the ugliest group of Persians I have ever seen and not at all representative of the Persians I know? Perhaps.

That said, as much as I bagged on Reza and his moustache, both totally grew on me by the end of the show. I like that guy. The rest can see themselves out the door.

The rodent chick is sooo not all that (there are gazillions of Persian women who are way more attractive than her). M.J. in the bridal shop reminds me of a friend that I could no longer be friends with because of the obvious envy issues. Her mom, however, is hilarious.

I can buy Sammy as a player in the Persian community. I know a guy who looks like Sammy who is a multi-millionaire and his wife is at least a foot taller than him and gorgeous. If you take one thing away from this show, it is that in the L.A. persian community, money talks.

Asa is annoying. I want to like her but she's just too damn unlikeable. She's just trying too hard.

When I heard the concept, I had such high hopes for this show. What a disappointment. I wish it had been about a more Jersey Shore (younger, more attractive guys) type show. At least with Jersey Shore, you get the feeling that the cast members would be fun to hang out with (even if for just a short period of time). These cast members are just so, so unlikeable. Ugh.
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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 12:11 PM

GG the "tough" and "beautiful" one (my eyes are rolling so hard, I'm getting a headache just typing that) had better be careful who she goes all gangsta' on. In the wrong club, she'd get belted across the mouth so hard her teeth would fly. And I have a funny feeling her "tough girl" reaction would be to sob hysterically and scream for her daddy.

Oh oops. Sorry Reza. I "crossed the line" mentioning her daddy, did I? *snort*

Edited by Ketzel, Mar 12, 2012 @ 12:13 PM.

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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 12:14 PM

Reza Aslan, the Iranian-born author of "No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam," agreed: "It's a silly reality show.... Only the most moronic viewers would watch 'Shahs of Sunset' and extract an opinion about Iranians and Iran."

And Reza (Farahan) said as much on WWHL when Andy asked him whether or not he was concerned about how Persians would perceive the show. Honeybadger don't give a shit!

Edited by prmami, Mar 12, 2012 @ 12:15 PM.

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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 12:22 PM

GG reminds me of Tila Tequila in the looks department. And that is not a good thing.
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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 12:59 PM

I can't watch another one of these shows using wealthy people who have nothing better to do with their lives than to try to be fame whores. I had to walk away from the desk of a car dealer yesterday because the car I wanted was financially out of reach. And this is years after working hard, only to have to take a job that is so low in pay, I can't even breath. Meanwhile, these guys have so much money, they can pull a Prius out of their butt, and not have to sweat when buying a car to take you to work. Thanks, crappy economy! No thank you, Bravo.

Edited by Trikywu, Mar 12, 2012 @ 1:06 PM.

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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 2:18 PM

With you Trikywu, I've about had it up to HERE with all these lame-o shows. I'm actually SICK of Beverly Hills.

Edited by goofygirl, Mar 12, 2012 @ 2:19 PM.

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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 2:23 PM

GG looked kind of like Kyle and Kim Richards to me. Must be the look of Beverly Hills.
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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 2:30 PM

I'm in the midst of watching, and these people haven't managed to irritate me yet. Except for GG. Nuh-uh, no thank you.

I love Reza. He's fierce and sassy, and yet that mustache??
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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 3:10 PM

I'd have to watch the episode again (not happening) but I thought Asa said that she felt like an 'emotional refugee' rather than an actual refugee.

I liked Reza but only because he's completely in on his own joke.


This is pretty much how I feel about him. I gave him the side eye when he said that GG handled the Asa confrontation well but otherwise he didn't bother me too much and actually made me laugh a couple of times.

MJ's mother seems like a real piece of work and she's certainly done a number on her daughter if we're to believe she's also this way in real life. Who says that to a bride-to-be?

I'll admit though I laughed out loud when MJ's mother told her that she looked like a peasant girl from an Iranian village and wondered if she didn't have a pair of "skinny jeans". I'm assuming the mom wants her daughter to catch Sammy?

I'm probably going to watch the whole season because have a Bravo void to fill until RHNY comes back. And I see that we are indeed going to be in for some Persian cuisine goodness (I think I spied some tadiq on Sammy's plate in this episode) so I'm looking forward to that as well. If nothing else it'll be an excuse for us to get Persian take out.
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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 4:18 PM

I can't watch another one of these shows using wealthy people who have nothing better to do with their lives than to try to be fame whores.

I guess I watch these shows with a much more jaded eye, but I very much doubt these people are anywhere near as wealthy as they're trying to make us think they are. Like some of the people from the housewives franchise, most of these guys rode the housing bubble and made some money. Now that it's over, they're struggling a bit and they hope Bravo's money and perhaps the exposure will help them out. Also, like in most of the housewives franchises, a lot of these trappings are paid for by Bravo. I'm guessing Bravo paid for most of the pool party and will pay for the trip to Vegas.

Like other posters, I wanted to hate Reza but couldn't. He's totally in on the joke.

I'm not sure about Asa. She seems a lot better than the others but perhaps a bit judgey. She's stunningly beautiful, way more gorgeous than the ferret-faced one that thinks she's hot. I kind of love to laugh at people like GG that spend a lot of money on clothes and still look cheap.

Sammy and his manboobs are repugnant. MJ needs therapy. Mike seems harmless.
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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 5:57 PM

Was that David Golshan (one of Patti's clients on Millionaire Matchmaker) at the restaurant?

I think it was!
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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 7:03 PM

Best part of this show was all of the food porn. Some of the dishes totally made me drool. Damn you Midwest and lack of food diversity!! <shakes fist>
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Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 7:40 PM

. . . AND that's where the similarities end. Does it make me a shallow Persian to say this crew is the ugliest group of Persians I have ever seen and not at all representative of the Persians I know? Perhaps.

ghertigirl, I'm ashamed to say that I was thinking the same thing.

Mike's mom's cooking looked good, too.

And like many of you, as far as the first episode goes, Reza's the only one I could kind of appreciate, because a. it is pretty brave to be an out gay man in this culture, and b. he really does seem to be in on the joke.
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