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Lake Shore producers apologize, claim show isn't racist

The producers of the most controversial show that's not on television have apologized for an anti-Semitic remark contained in a YouTube trailer released earlier this week. Executive producer Maryam Rahimi told the National Post, "Our intention is to make provocative television. On one hand, we received a lot of attention, but on the other hand it was not necessarily the kind of attention that we wanted. For the record, we are not a racist show. If we offended anyone in any way, we apologize."

It's hard to believe that any of the attention the show received was actually unwanted, particularly as a couple of wannabe cast members now claim that they were specifically questioned about whether or not they disliked any other nationalities during the tryout process. For their part, the creators say that any such questions were designed to "test if there's a potential for the contestant to be hard or difficult to manage," but that's about as convincing their claim that the show will "be a peek into what Toronto is like as a multicultural city."

The best part of today's news, Sibel Atlug, the cast member who uttered the remark in question, will be hosting a press conference on Tuesday to clarify her position. I guess those have become a little bit like limousines nowadays -- anyone with a few bucks can get one. I just can't wait to hear what she has to say because, you know, she's not like racist or anything -- she just hates everybody.


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