For Better Or Worse, K-Town, The Reality Show, Is Finally Here

by Guest Contributor Jen, originally published at Disgrasian

After two years of hype surrounding every aspect of the so-called “Asian Jersey Shore,” K-Town premiered today on YouTube. The reality show was so thoroughly dissected before it ever saw the light of day–Is this good or bad for Asians? Does it promote or break down stereotypes? Is this something to be ashamed of or to celebrate?–the 12-minute pilot is, inevitably, something of a letdown. It’s not quite the trainwreck it was originally touted to be, and without something to really rubberneck in the pilot, the whole thing feels a little bland, actually. The guys and girls kind of blend one into another, a cheesy, homogeneous mix of muscles and eyelash extensions. The teaser for the rest of the season doesn’t give you much to hang onto either: They drink, party, have a few fakish conflicts, rinse and repeat.

Let’s hope the next ep has more to gawk at, or, at least, offers clearer stakes–how very fuddy-duddy of me to want them, I know–because a show like this that once promised to be new and “groundbreaking” could get really old, fast.

[YouTube: K-Town Episode 1]
[The Leaked K-Town Sizzle Reel: Mystery Revealed]

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  • lola

    who did they get to clean up all the garbage piles along wilshire? seriously, koreatown looked totally sterile and tame i almost didn’t recognize it.

  • Anonymous

    Could we have a reality show open thread and/or round table on racialicious sometime please? Just a suggestion. Reality shows seem to be together with crime shows the only area in which PoC are overrepresented- cause it gives the viewer yet another possibility to ridicule PoC (added bonus: women of color. women on reality shows in general are always catty and back stabbing, never help one another). There are so many offenders here that I don’t know where to start. The last ones I saw were “Hollywood Exes” (3 Black women, one Latina, one White woman) and “My Big Fat American Gipsy Wedding”, which is especially appalling as it comes just when the Hungarian and French government have in different ways declared that Roma are Open Game. In Hungary a right wing politician recently had a DNA test published to prove that he definitely had zero Roma ancestry. So gross.

    • LSM

      Seconded

    • Mickey

      I agree about a round table discussion about these so-called reality shows. Whose reality are they showing? Most of this stuff is edited to make certain people fit into stereotypes the public automatically buys in to, especially regarding POC. I watched a couple of episodes of “Hollywood Exes” and, although it is not too bad compared to other shows of its nature, the Black ex-wife of R. Kelly and the White ex-wife of Jose Canseco sort of get on my nerves.

  • http://www.areyouseriouslymental.com/ Da Black Goku

    This is no more or less boring than any other stereotypically-based reality tv show on now… Jersey Shor, hip Hop Wive, Basketball Wives, Real Housewives of WhoGivesAFawkVille… wash, rinse, repeat on all of them.

    Whatever, I approve of anyone who can make money off of the morons who watch the shows. (shrug)

  • http://www.areyouseriouslymental.com/ Da Black Goku

    This is no more or less boring than any other stereotypically-based reality tv show on now… Jersey Shor, hip Hop Wive, Basketball Wives, Real Housewives of WhoGivesAFawkVille… wash, rinse, repeat on all of them.

    Whatever, I approve of anyone who can make money off of the morons who watch the shows. (shrug)

  • Ada

    Yeah this is kinda boring. I mean, all the girls seem kinda sweet and a little bland and the boys are a bit… Stereotypically jocky but, not that insightful or surprising or anything. They’re just people you might live next door to.