|The cast of K-Town*|
According to Tyrese (the show's producer), K-Town is supposed to be an Asian American version of Jersey Shore.
Asked what [Tyrese] Gibson wanted out of the show, he answered, “I want sexy, wild, personality, I want hot tubs, sex scenes… at the same time, I want people to know the many different layers and characteristics… I want people to know that Asians have layers… we’ve got insecurities… heartaches… challenges… I want to capture all of that on camera for all the world to see…”
Of course, you can’t squeeze water out of rock. So casting is important. This may be an Asian American reality show but no wallflowers or bookworms need apply.
Photos of the cast were released on Facebook. “And you can already tell who’s supposed to be who,” said Elizabeth at Koream magazine. “There’s the bleach blonde, the bi-sexual pornstar nude model, the aspiring actress, two meatheads, and even a Korean Snooki.”
We’re clueless about the “Snooki” [never watched Jersey Shore] but Peter Le (Vietnamese) appears to be the bisexual pornstar/nude model. And Scarlet Chan (Chinese) is evidently a hooker, or was, according to her site. The self-dubbed “Eurasian” Jennifer Field (Korean, English, Irish and German descent) is the beauty queen/aspiring actress, we presume (actually, they’re all probably aspiring actors). And the meatheads? We’re not sure which two fit that bill.
“I don’t wanna make it too heavy, my reasons, my motivations,” Tyrese conveyed, explaining his motivation for the show.
“When it comes to Asian Americans and Asians in general, everyone’s still fighting to get their faces and images in mainstream media… but Asian deserve to be on TV like everybody else… for me, that’s the motivation,” he said, nobly.
“This ain’t for me about making no money, but this is really allowing the people to see Asians, Koreans, showing your character, your personalities, allowing the world to embrace you as they’ve embraced everybody else… African Americans dealt with it forever, we still deal with it on certain levels, but we’ve been able to push through through music and through film… but you know I think it’s about that time for Asians to get their same shot and here we are…”
This. Looks. AWESOME! I totally dig this because it's the opposite of the model minority stereotype (which I most definitely do not fit into).
remake of a '70s TV show. The only thing that makes me feel a little better about the state of TV today is that the networks are starting to lose viewership (á la Heroes and FlashFoward) because they are so damn determined to hold onto the status quo..and folks ain't havin' it.
In general, I don't really like reality TV. I think they deliberately set out to make people look as foolish as possible, but on the other hand, these are all adults and no one is forcing them to do anything. They want their their fifteen minutes of fame just like everyone else, so why shouldn't they get it? And since I'm not Asian, my opinion about this issue may very well be irrelevant.
I will say this though...I understand what Tyrese is saying, and I get his motivations. But I really, really hate that POC are always forced to "back into" the mainstream in the most stereotypical and exploitive ways possible, instead of just being allowed to be.
*According to this website, the show has yet to be picked up by a network.