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Jewish Girls Not Welcome on “Momma’s Boys”

This fall, NBC will debut a new reality show, Momma’s Boys, which features three sets of mothers and sons. Each mom, who is described by the network as "overprotective," chooses a potential mate for her son from a pool of … Read More

By / November 21, 2008

This fall, NBC will debut a new reality show, Momma’s Boys, which features three sets of mothers and sons. Each mom, who is described by the network as "overprotective," chooses a potential mate for her son from a pool of available women cast by the show. According to the New York Post, Momma’s Boys, which will air its premiere episode on December 16, has already been rescheduled twice "with sources speculating that NBC moved it out of its originally scheduled airdate of Oct. 29 because the network didn’t want the racially charged show to air so close to the then-upcoming presidential election, in which race was a hot-button issue."

Why might race be an issue in this show? Well, the pilot episode features a mom named Khalood Bojanowski, who describes herself as Iraqi Catholic and is selecting a partner for her 21-year-old son JoJo. Khalood reportedly says during the program:

I cannot have a black one; I can’t have an Asian one; I can’t have a fat-butt girl. Nooo! No Jewish girl! No way, no way! I cannot stand them! I’m sorry, but I can’t handle them. It has to be a white girl.

Oh, great. And now we’re back to the "Are Jews white?" argument.

And how, you may ask, did this story leak out before the episode even aired on television? Well, Ms. Bojanowski apparently called the cops in her town of Washington Township, Michigan, informing them she might need police protection. Bojanowski’s home was broken into recently, and she claims it was a reprisal for the comments she made on the show–which would be odd, to say the least, considering no one but the cast members and production people have seen it yet.