Producer of Asian-American Reality Show: "A Little Shame is a Good Thing"
By Fallon Okwuosa and Angie Crouch
A reality TV show based in Los Angeles’ Koreatown will be released on YouTube’s Loud channel this month but some locals are not happy with how the unscripted show that depicts Korean Americans partying in the Southland.
“They make K-Town look glamorous I guess, or trashy,” said a local resident.
The reality show, which airs on July 11, has been talked about for two years and dubbed the next “Jersey Shore” – a popular MTV show that follows eight twenty- and thirty-something’s as they party through their way through the summer.
Unlike the MTV show, K-Town was not picked up by any networks. The trailer for the show describes it as “the reality show no TV network could show you.”
While the show has stirred up controversy, producers praise the project as a way of exploring what it’s like to be Asian in the 21st century.
“Asian have always been viewed through the media as either exaggerated stereotypes or the one-dimensional model minority. K-Town is a celebration of what it’s like to be a young Asian in American today,” executive producer Mike Le said in a statement on the show’s website.
Singer/actor Tyrese Gibson is the creator and executive producer of K-Town. Gibson partnered with Ben Silverman’s multimedia entertainment studio, Electus, which owns Loud, their new pop-culture channel.
“Loud is the perfect platform for chronicling the social rituals of this unique Asian American subculture,” Gibson said in a statement on the show’s website.
Producers said they realize some people in the Asian American community view the show as shameful.
“I think a little shame is a good thing at this point,” said executive producer Eddie Kim.