Freedom Forward’s campaign Andy Cohen, Bravo TV and “Real Housewives of Dubai” has generated early signs of success: a dramatic drop in ratings for Episode #1 of the series.
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According to entertainment media platform Heavy, the season premiere of #RHODubai had 769,000 viewers, compared to over 1.1 million viewers for the season 12 premier of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” as well as the season 11 premiere of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” (Like it or not, by reading this email, you are now a Reality TV industry expert.)
Campaign Resonance and “Hennycabbagehead”
As previously shared, our coalition campaign was covered in many entertainment outlets, including Yahoo Entertainment, Radar Online, Heavy.com, The Daily Mail,Screen Rant, The Things, All About the Tea, Reality Blurb and the Youtube show Kempire.
And thanks to someone named “hennycabbagehead,” the campaign also became one of the top posts on the Real Housewives Reddit, where many fans gather.
While this campaign was focused specifically on Bravo TV as an entertainment platform, Freedom Forward and allies can now use the core UAE critiques and content of this campaign to target and stigmatize politicians and others who work to promote the UAE dictatorship as a U.S. ally.
The specific critiques of the UAE dictatorship from this campaign include:
- Kidnapping women: The ruler of Dubai kidnapped his own adult daughters and has held one of them in drugged captivity for over 20 years.
- Rape: A top member of the U.A.E. ruling family still hasn’t been investigated or prosecuted after being accused of rape by British national Caitlin McNamara.
- War in Yemen: The rulers of Dubai and the U.A.E. have helped kill thousands of women and men through their war in the country of Yemen.
- Homophobia: The U.A.E. criminal code includes language on “sin,” “indecency,” and “sodomy” that can be used to persecute gay or lesbian couples and LGBTQ communities.
Big thanks to everyone who helped shape the campaign language behind the scenes, including some unnamed human rights experts, campaign consultant Kate Alexander, and coalition partners Action Corps, Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues, CODEPINK, European Centre For Democracy and Human Rights, FairSquare, Health Advocacy International, Human Rights Sentinel, Just Foreign Policy, Last Mile4D, Peace Action, and ReThinking Foreign Policy.