Disney is insulting Norwalk

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Updated, 1:36 p.m.: Letter edited at author’s request.

Ok, I have had enough. I started watching the new Disney’s network ABC primetime television show American Housewife when it premiered last spring. I liked it. I thought the humor was quick and witty centered on a middle-class family that chose to relocate to Westport for the school system. The family could only afford to rent a small house and the clicky housewives of Westport always reminded them of how poor they are as compared to themselves. The basis of the show is how the mother (played by actress Katy Mixon) tries to fit in with the Westport establishment. It portrays Westport housewives as  entitled, spoiled and condescending. Hmm, that’s not very flattering to Westport residents.

Is that fun or funny? Not really, but what is not fun or funny is the downright prejudiced and often racist jokes used degrading this city, Norwalk residents and in particular Norwalk’s high school students as the brunt of their demeaning and insulting wisecracks.

I have heard four of the puns thus far and I don’t even watch it on a regular basis. The first was when one of the children actors of the sitcom was taking bets on how many of the girlfriends of Norwalk’s basketball team would be pregnant post season. Another involved the family using a Hispanic housekeeper in a scheme to buy imperfect cheap POLO shirts from an outlet and have her sew a quick fix of the imperfection on the company logo the horse. They believed that no Westport person would buy them so the plan was to sell them to Norwalk high school students since they are not sophisticated consumers like their counterparts. The family reveled in their new found cash from the sales to unsuspecting residents.

In yet another episode the family could not get into the Westport private pool during a hot summer. When mention was made about using the Norwalk public pool (which we do not even have), the family cringed at the idea of swimming in the same water with Norwalk people while making funny faces as if the water would be radioactive or diseased.

The October 29th episode was the final straw for me. The daughter of the family created a Halloween costume for a party that carried a large balloon under her dress as if she was close to delivering a baby. When he mother saw the costume she asked “What are you going as” He reply was “I am going as a Norwalk prom girl.”

High school age is a difficult enough while kids struggle with self-esteem and image issues. This kind of attack on their self-worth can only prove to be damaging to their confidence and civic pride.

Wow. ABC you should be ashamed of yourself. Norwalk is a great place to live and bring up children. We have culture, diversity and arguably a touch more class then does your producers and writers. STOP the bullying and the insults!

Go to www.stoptheinsults.com and sign my petition appealing to ABC to stop these vicious insults on Norwalk and our students.


Andy Ross



Bill B November 7, 2017 at 6:44 pm

I live in Norwalk and always have and I think the show is hilarious. The problem today is some people can’t handle humor that is not political correct. You have a choose get thicker skin or don’t watch the show. Pretty simple.

Steve O November 8, 2017 at 7:55 am

I also live in Norwalk and think you’re right about what Norwalk has to offer. There ARE a lot of positives. But frankly, there are a lot of negatives too that I wish we could improve on. Our school system is ranked very poorly compared to the surrounding towns – #82 in all of CT according to Niche.com. Our crime rate is much higher as well. Looking at neighborhood scout.com you can see Norwalk is ranked 34 out of 100. They estimate Norwalk is safer than 34% of US cities! That sounds like there is a lot of room for improvement. Additionally, if you look at home prices since the recession, I’m pretty sure you’ll find the recovery has been more pronounced in Westport, New Canaan and Darien. Is our teen pregnancy rate higher that Westport’s? My guess is yes as I think it generally is higher in less affluent communities than affluent communities, but I don’t know. Does Norwalk have a lot to offer? Yes. But why bury our head in the sand about the REAL problems including crime and a poor school system. That’s what’s holding home prices back. Fix these and Norwalk will be having the last laugh.

Donna Smirniotopoulos November 8, 2017 at 1:49 pm

I have not seen the show. Have they mentioned all the “Hate has no Home here” lawn signs in Westport? It’s a 96% white town, but they love to advertise their tolerance and superior moral fiber. Maybe the creators are tapping into sanctimonious hypocrisy im Westport.

The Norwalker November 8, 2017 at 2:49 pm

Some of the comments here sounds like the Authors would love to Gentrify the Middle Class and Blue Collar residents out of Norwalk….

Steve O November 10, 2017 at 8:30 am

The Norwalker – I assume the gentrification comment was directed at my comments around crime and education. Here’s a question – why don’t the blue collar and lower class kids deserve the best education we can give them? Why do those in Norwalk deserve to live with higher crime rates? Are you blaming the poor education system and high crime rate on the blue collar workers and their families? Is that why you think these things will improve if they leave? These aren’t unsolvable problems. We choose not to solve them. We look the other way and kick the can down the road.

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