The first episode of the second season of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New Jersey aired last night, with some controversy. The daughter of one of the titular femmes made an … interesting comment about her future romantic prospects. After her grandmother instructs Gia, 9, that she is going to marry an Italian man, Teresa, her mother, suggests she marry a Jew—she hears Jewish guys bow down to their wives. (That sound you hear is a thousand sarcastic comments.) Gia responds by saying she doesn’t want to marry a Jewish guy, and “goes on to make a gesture mocking Hasidic Jews’ long, curly hair.”
In an interview last month, Teresa told folks to lay off her child—or, at least, to lay off herself: “I can’t control what my daughter says,” she pleaded. “Kids say dumb things … what, am I going to be crucified for it?” Get it: Crucified? Like Jesus, that Jew!
Of course, kids say the darndest things, but television shows don’t necessarily air them—or specifically select them to be sent to media outlets before the season even begins. “I was a little surprised last night that the comment was left in,” noted one viewer, who may or may not be my mom. “Surely they have enough footage that it could have been left out. I think it speaks as much about the producers as the Housewives (and I’m pretty sure Andy Cohen is one of the producers).”