The show, which debuts on the Oxygen Network on March 26, follows a group of twenty-something women who apparently spend much of their time cursing, drinking, and dancing in clubs in Bay Ridge and other locations.
“The producers degrade all women,” Gentile said. “We’re here to present the real women of Bay Ridge.”
Gentile pointed to the array of businesswomen, civic activists, political leaders and homemakers standing behind him at the podium. Calling them “strong, skilled and smart,” he said they are “the leaders in business and education and the builders of family life.”
The press conference took place inside Beyond Dance, a dance studio at 8717 Third Ave. owned by local resident Jennifer Abad. Abad said the cast members of “Brooklyn 11223” don’t resemble the talented, hardworking and committed dance students who walk through her studio doors every day.
“This is not what they aspire to be,” she said.
Women at the press conference expressed concern that viewers who watch the show will believe that women in Bay Ridge are really like the feuding, fighting females portrayed by the cameras.
The Oxygen Network defended the show in a statement issued a few hours after Gentile’s press conference.
“Viewers can decide for themselves on March 26 when the story of ‘Brooklyn 11223’ begins to unfold and we meet this authentic group of friends set against the vibrant backdrop of the great and diverse borough of Brooklyn,” the statement read.
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