Ultra Rich Asian Girls: Who gives a shit?

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      About as much as Vancouver needs more coffee or sushi shops, the dreaded, locally made Ultra Rich Asian Girls series debuted online on October 26.

      A mashup riff of the book Crazy Rich Asians and the Real Housewives franchise, the series promised to provide a peek into the lavish lifestyles of the rich and Asian—for no apparent reason. That, in addition to an anticipated unhealthy serving of misogyny and racism, of course, much to the delight of covert bigots across town.

      Criticism immediately sprang up in reaction to teasers about the controversial show, with fears of racial stereotyping fuelling latent interracial tensions and more of the catty trashfest otherwise known as the Real Housewives of Vancouver.

      But what URAG delivers, it turns out, is boredom.

      The first 13-minute episode spend most of its time trying to go for humour, but falls painfully flat on its ass.

      As the girls dine (yawn), drink (zzzz), and hang out in a casino (which is about as stereotypical as the first episode gets), the highlights (not speaking hairwise) of the bilingual peremiere episode include drama such as CocoParis struggling to open up a bottle of mineral water and the girls trying to guess the size of each others' boobs. Aiyah.

      Surprisingly, the series, produced by Kevin Li, doesn't seem to have any understanding of reality TV as it lacks the essential ingredients of the formula: strong, distinct personalities and conflict. And, oh yeah, something called entertainment value.

      Unfortunately (or rather fortunately), the inhibited, conservative personalities are blah and tedious, and there isn't any conflict shown, aside from some tame snide remarks that would be like a whisper to a shriek when compared to the average snort out of RHOV's Jody Claman's left nostril.

      They're supposed to be cat-fighting it out for the title of Hot Bitch in Charge, but at the rate they're going, no one will really care who wins—maybe not even the competitors themselves who seem more bored out of their minds than Kim Kardashian watching the full duration of Andy Warhol's Empire.

      A much more interesting show would be Ultra Racist Trolls. We've got plenty of them to recommend.

      Besides, if you really want to be entertained by watching local Asian girls, check out some of the videos by Vancouver comedian Linda Dong instead.




      Oct 27, 2014 at 4:01pm

      I would totally watch Ultra Racist Trolls. Well, once at least. Your move, Paperny!


      Oct 27, 2014 at 4:16pm

      sounds totally racist


      Oct 27, 2014 at 4:31pm

      would love to see these twats hanging out trying to open mineral water on East Hastings St


      Oct 27, 2014 at 4:41pm

      Every good man needs a sugar momma if he can find one--do these women qualify?


      Oct 27, 2014 at 6:18pm

      Much smarter and far funnier than rich white girls.

      rename the show

      Oct 27, 2014 at 6:24pm

      Ultra Rich from illegal gains in communist china Twats. (long title....just dont watch the shitty show instead)


      Oct 27, 2014 at 7:34pm

      And why not do a show called Ultra White Trashy Girls of Surrey? or maybe a show called The Very Gay People of the West End? or The Very Old People Yet Wealthy of West Vancouver? Or The Ultra Homophobic Christian Women of the Fraser Valley? Or The Very Snooty Ladies Looking Down at Their IPhones of Yaletown.
      The possibilities are endless.


      Oct 27, 2014 at 8:00pm

      Who knew the Communists make suck great Capitalists! Aiyaaaah!!


      Oct 28, 2014 at 10:50am

      I would have never known about this wretched show if it wasn't for the Straight. So, to answer your question: who gives a shit? The Straight, apparently.

      Pat Crowe

      Oct 28, 2014 at 12:07pm

      Maybe a little late for it now but a, "Gang Girls of The Fraser Valley" could have had us all clutching our pearls in a titter!
      However the Mrs. and I thought the Ultra Rich Asian Girls first episode was quite humorous, lightweight and self deprecating reality t v fare.