Andy Cohen, Bravo slammed by human rights groups ahead of ‘Real Housewives

Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen and Bravo continue to face backlash for Real Housewives of Dubai.

Ahead of the show’s June 1 premiere and days after the first trailer was released, a group of 12 human rights groups called for the network to publicly oppose the violence against women as well as the homophobic laws perpetrated by the rulers of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.

Real Housewives of Dubai premiere Andy Cohen

The human rights groups — Freedom Forward, Action Corps, Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues, CODEPINK, European Centre For Democracy and Human Rights, FairSquare Peace Action and ReThinking Foreign Policy — sent an open letter to Bravo, its parent company company Truly Original expressing deep concern over the show.

United Arab Emirates

“Dubai is an absolute monarchy that is part of the it said. “By setting the Real Housewives franchise. inside Dubai, you are helping the UAE dictatorship hide its male rulers’ misogyny, legalized homophobia. and mass violence against women.”

The groups demanded the executives to “reveal whether the rulers of Dubai and the. UAE funded or financed the Real Housewives of Dubai in any way.

Andy Cohen homophobic laws and criminalization of LGBTQ

laws and criminalization of LGBTQ people are also among the list. of reasons objecting to the programming. In addition to discrimination against women, the UAE’s homophobic.

“As these examples reveal, the dictatorship of the [UAE] and Dubai is a deeply flawed. choice for the Real Housewives series,” the groups stated. “By producing and launching the [RHOD], you risk providing the rulers of the UAE and Dubai with the soft propagand.a they need to hide their human rights crimes from the world.

your rejection of the human rights violations, We urge you to immediately take the above steps to demonstrate.  homophobia and predatory male behavior. of the rulers of the United Arab Emirates and Dubai.”

Several of the human rights

Several of the human rights groups also made direct comments, including CODEPINK’s National Co-Director Danaka. Katovich, who called it “shocking” that Cohen and Bravo “are giving Dubai’s rulers a blank check of free publicity. The rulers [there] have kidnapped their own. adult daughters and have been accused of rape.

.Moscow during this terrible time for the people of Ukraine? Bravo and NBCUniversal are insulting. the intelligence of their viewers by whitewashing the human rights. violations and military adventures of the UAE dictatorship.”

Health Advocacy International Coordinator Mary Anne Mercer

Health Advocacy International Coordinator Mary Anne Mercer said, “Why can’t we see a Bravo show on ‘The Women of Yemen’? Meanwhile, the women of Yemen have lived for seven. years with the horrors of seeing their children under the rubble of their homes.

In the voiceover, the co-stars gush, “Anything is possible in Dubai. “In Dubai, the women are far from submissive. Most of the women are running this town.

Most of the women

there was swift backlash the show would film. in a city  rights violations, particularly against women and the LGBTQ+ community.

By sarah johan

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