Letters to the Editor: Congrats to Marpe, Prime time insults to Norwalk need to stop
I want to extend my congratulations to Jim Marpe and Jen Tooker. Although I campaigned for Melissa and Rob and am disappointed by their loss, it’s time to come together and look forward. I know that all voices will be heard on the Board of Selectman and that they share our common goal of making Westport the best it can be.
To the Editor:
OK, I have had enough. I started watching the new ABC prime time television show “American Housewife” when it premiered last spring. I liked it. I thought the humor was quick and witty centered on a middle class family that chose to relocate to Westport for the school system.
The family could only afford to rent a small house and the cliquey housewives of Westport always reminded them of how poor they are as compared to themselves. The basis of the show is how actress Katy Mixon, who plays the role of the mother, tries to fit in with the Westport establishment of entitled, spoiled and condescending Westport Housewives.
All that is a lot of fun, but what is not fun or funny is the downright prejudice and often raciest jokes used degrading the city, Norwalk residents and in particular Norwalk’s high school students as the brunt of their demeaning and insulting wisecracks.
I have heard four of these thus far and I don’t even watch it on a regular basis. The first was when one of the children actors of the sitcom was taking bets on how many of the girlfriends of Norwalk’s basketball team would be pregnant post season. Another involved the family using a Hispanic housekeeper in a scheme to buy imperfect cheap POLO shirts from an outlet and have her sew a quick fix of the imperfection on the company logo the horse. They believed that no Westport person would buy them, so the plan was to sell them to Norwalk high school students since they are not sophisticated consumers like their counterparts. The family reveled in their new-found cash from the sales from unsuspecting residents.
In yet another episode the family could not get into the Westport private pool during a hot summer. When mention was made about using the Norwalk public pool (which we do not even have), the family cringed at the idea of swimming in the same water with Norwalkers, while making funny faces as if the water would be radioactive or diseased.
The Oct. 29 episode was the final straw for me. The daughter of the family created a Halloween costume for a party that carried a large balloon under her dress as if she was close to delivering a baby. When her mother saw the costume, she asked, “What are you going as?”
Her reply was, “I am going as a Norwalk prom girl.”
Wow. ABC, you should be ashamed of yourself. Norwalk is a great place to live and bring up children. We have culture, diversity and arguably a touch more class then do your producers and writers. Stop the bullying!