‘Rich Kids Of Beverly Hills’ Promotes Harmful Body Images For Women

Tue, January 21, 2014 10:33am EDT by 46 Comments
Rich Kids of Beverly Hills
Courtesy of E!

If you made it through ten minutes of the new series, ‘Rich Kids of Beverly Hills,’ I applaud you. It only took about seven minutes to realize that not only did the show promote a negative lifestyle for women, it was overall offensive.

E!’s new series Rich Kids of Beverly Hills is described as a look into the lives of a few men and women who have grown up with money. We’re not talking money where you don’t worry about rent for a few months, we’re talking dropping $40,000 on a bar tab without batting an eyelash money. However, it wasn’t the dollar signs on the show that urked me — but the message it sent, especially to young women.

‘Rich Kids Of Beverly Hills’ Sends Negative Body Message

In the beginning of the Rich Kids of Beverly Hills premiere, we met Morgan Stewart and Dorothy Wang, and within two minutes they revealed that they met in spin class when they were trying to get rid of the “chunk.”

One of the most annoying parts of the show is that it cuts to text messaging every few minutes. So when they cut away, they showed them typing “#sizezero.” I’ve got to say that I’m connecting with my inner Sophia Bush and want to yell at these girls, “Zero is not a size.”

Meet The ‘Rich Kids of BH’

Saying that you’re working toward being a size zero is not the message a show should be sending, especially when it’s going to be watched by young women.

‘Rich Kids’ Is Most Unrelateable Show On TV

It’s not only bad body image that’s being promoted either. Let me start off by saying there’s nothing wrong with having money. I get that these young men and women have grown up with it, as their parents are successful. However, it sends the message that if your parents have the money to spoil you, you don’t have to work hard and you can get what you want.

In a way, it puts down those of us who work extremely hard and still have a hard time doing day-to-day tasks. These men and women are put on a pedestal for doing the tough walk in heels from Barney’s to their car on Rodeo Drive, while a majority of people are worrying about paying bills.

I get that it’s on E!, a network that I love. The Kardashians are a socialite family with money, as well, but their show is a look at their day-to-day lives and while they are celebrities, they do show relatable everyday issues — break ups, hook ups, speeding tickets, etc.

The biggest issue for the Rich Kids (who by the way aren’t even kids, but are adults living off their parents), is when they run into their friend who has a matching $10,000 Birkin bag.

HollywoodLifers, tell me what you think — does Rich Kids of Beverly Hills send a negative message to young women?

— Emily Longeretta

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PapadeusFineEats

Posted at 1:25 PM on September 21, 2014  

This Show is a sign of the “End of Empires.” When the common folk get to “revel” in the celebritydom of the wealthy. There are MANY such signs in America right now…..the rise of celebrity above all other things…..This exact same thing happened in Rome before it fell and every other civilization since. It is termed the “Age of Decadence.” Americans have unwittingly bought into it. They spend a fortune on cable television for the “incredible opportunity” to witness the excess of these wealthy trolls. The Matrix IS here.

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Jackson

Posted at 1:06 PM on August 24, 2014  

Like watching monkeys in a zoo — l like all realty hows. Don’t even have to leave my home for a laugh at these kinds in their natural habitat

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Devante

Posted at 7:32 PM on August 1, 2014  

This is the most vacuous self indulgent show I’ve seen in a long time… One minute viewing time was all I could stand! What a bunch of losers!

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Pat

Posted at 1:30 PM on July 27, 2014  

First I like to say I love this show second you seem like a hater if they want to be a size 0 let them be if women pick up the message to become a size zero then they should also pick up the message on how to get their money up and become rich in fact all of them on the show have their own jobs and are making their own money there is nothing wrong with being born into money many people are if you were a multimillion dollar blogger your child would be the se way

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Marcus M.

Posted at 9:10 PM on August 13, 2014  

You love this show? That’s all you had to say. There goes all credibility and respect straight down the toilet. If you think these spoiled, useless, human paperweights are interesting, then you seriously need help. Best of luck living in a fantasy world while the rest of us actually put an effort into life.

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PapadeusFineEats

Posted at 1:29 PM on September 21, 2014  

NOT a hater. I make $578k per year. NOT the money of the folks on this show, but I do ok. This show is for idiots…….back in the day they called TV the idiot box, it’s for a reason.

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Gabriel Soma

Posted at 5:56 PM on May 2, 2014  

I agree with you Emily… disgusting. Forget about the message to young people. Think about the message to POOR people. 98% of Americans earn less than 100,000 per year. This girls spend this in a shopping afternoon. It’s like saying: “We don’t care, rich people has the right to be rich”… And why? Because super capitalism allows it and it just DON’T CARE. This is terrible…

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PapadeusFineEats

Posted at 1:32 PM on September 21, 2014  

Gabriel, capitalism has allowed me to do very well, but it is an implicitly unfair system. The better you understand it, the better you will survive and thrive with it. It is not for the faint of heart and fortunately OR unfortunately, however you see the world………capitalism is here to stay. There are many reasons for this, but the REAL reason is Fractional Reserve Banking and they system we are all made to use.

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Snoop Catt

Posted at 3:06 AM on April 1, 2014  

I LOOOVE this show… it’s what Real Housewives of Beverly Hills SHOULD HAVE been: Rich people enjoying the rich life and flying all around the world and showing us the best places to vacation, party, and enjoy life.

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Michael

Posted at 1:31 AM on March 19, 2014  

This show is not meant to be serious! It’s extravagant and it’s entertainment. It’s about 5 dynamic friends, who knew each other since a young age who were born in a background of money. If the topics are negative, then don’t watch the show.

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Jmarie

Posted at 3:50 PM on March 18, 2014  

Must be nice to come from money. Think its awesome their parents woked to make that money. However, these people are so superficial its disgusting! This is not how 99.9% of Americans live. Everything about this show ( their selfies, bragging about everything they can buy, etc. Is disgusting) I won’t watch this show again.

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