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“American Housewife”: No Laughing Matter

Residents of Norwalk complained to executives in New York about a show set in Westport, and filmed in Los Angeles.

The pressure worked.

Norwalkers were fed up with their city’s portrayal on “American Housewife” — a show set here, originally and far more grossly titled “The 2nd Fattest Housewife in Westport.”

Does this dress make me look fat? Or just offensive?

A Halloween episode last month showed someone dressed up as a pregnant “Norwalk prom girl.” Other references — including one about a Westport family’s discomfort at using a Norwalk swimming pool — also portrayed our next-door neighbor in racially, ethnically and economically divisive ways.

A petition calling on ABC and Disney — its parent company — to stop insulting Norwalk was signed by over 400 Norwalkers. Another 150 signers live outside the city. Many people added comments, expressing pride in Norwalk.

In news reports on the controversy, State Senator Majority Leader Bob Duff — of Norwalk — said the show mocked children, and made light of the fact that “we are a city rich in diversity that I view as a strength, not a weakness.”

Norwalk mayor Harry Rilling and school superintendent Steven J. Adamowski joined in the criticism.

Late yesterday, the bullies backed down.

The show’s producers said: “As a comedy, ‘American Housewife’ isn’t intended to offend anyone. We’ve heard the concerns of the people of Norwalk and have made the decision to omit any mentions of the city from future episodes.”

That’s a weak, weasely non-apology.

Too bad they didn’t go one step further, and omit both Norwalk and Westport from the airwaves altogether.

(Click here for the online petition. Click here for a full list of insults to Norwalk. Hat tip: Beth Cody)

Norwalk, Connecticut – home to the Oyster Festival, SoNo, Maritime Aquarium, great shopping and restaurants, thriving diversity, strong schools, beautiful parks and beaches, wonderful people, and much more.

Kyle Martino Heads To The World Cup

Kyle Martino — the Westport soccer star who was National High School Player of the Year in 1998, earned MLS Rookie of the Year honors, and shared the Los Angeles Galaxy field with David Beckham — is going to the World Cup.

Kyle Martino

He won’t be playing for the US national team — though he’s done that in the past.  For a  month starting in mid-June, Martino will be a key part of ESPN and ABC’s radio crew.  He’ll announce games with TV veterans J.P. Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth, and former New York Cosmos star Shep Messing.

Martino has earned praise for his ESPN television work, covering the US men’s team and MLS.  However, for the World Cup, Disney — ESPN and ABC’s parent company — has signed a largely British TV crew.

That will be particularly interesting on June 12.  It’s the Americans’ 1st game of the tournament — against England.

Don’t want to hear a Brit call the match?  No problem.

Gather in front of a huge hi-def screen.  Mute the sound.

And listen to Kyle Martino, live from South Africa.

Game time is 2:30 p.m.

Disney, Marvel And Westport

“06880” reader Richard Stein writes:

blog - Disney“The blockbuster deal of Disney aquiring Marvel has Westport connections.  Avi Arad and his son Ari are the behind the scene owners of Marvel.

“They used to live on Minuteman Hill, but left for the West Coast years ago.  If you look at any Marvel Film they are listed as producer or executive producer. 

“Ari went to Green’s Farms Academy in the early ’90s.  Arad also used to be behind the Harley Davidson Cafe.  I believe his original fortune was ‘Teddy Ruxpin.'”

That sound you hear is all those Westport creative types suddenly adding the Arads to their list of networking possibilities.