BMHS Pridetime Reporter
On November 17th Superintendent Dr. Adamowski called out the ABC television program American Housewife in a letter because of their targeting on Norwalk students. The show casted a negative light on Norwalk and its students after using the city as part of a joke on their October 25th episode.
In the episode, Taylor Otto (played by actor Meg Donnelly) dresses up as a “Norwalk Prom Girl” for Halloween by stuffing a pillow underneath a prom dress insinuating that she was pregnant.
This is not the first time the show has mocked Norwalk, on previous episodes, characters on the show refused to swim in a Norwalk swimming pool in fear of disease and in another fake polo t-shirts were sold to unsuspecting kids in Norwalk.
Many students and faculty felt it was offensive and a distasteful attempt at comedy. Maddy Gordon, a senior at McMahon, feels that “the comedy works to highlight the disparity between Norwalk and surrounding towns.” Liz Murphy, also a Senior at McMahon, says the show “doesn’t represent Norwalk as a whole.”
Which gives way to the question, “What is Norwalk really like?”
“We are very diverse, we are a community that gets along and we’re well-rounded” says Murphy.
And she's right. Brien McMahon is currently the most diverse public high school in Connecticut according to Niche.com; while Norwalk High follows behind at #33. In comparison to the towns bordering Norwalk like Westport, the town where American Housewife is based on, diversity lags dramatically among students. Niche.com listed Westport as a town as #244 in Connecticut's most diverse towns.
With 41% of Norwalk students speaking a second language and programs like the Center for Global Studies, different cultures, and backgrounds are a large part of the community.
The median household income in Norwalk is $76,987 according to the U.S Census Bureau. That's almost 25,000 more than the average median household in the United States.
Besides the economy, Norwalk's crime rate is 32% lower than the national average and is safer than 41% of the cities in the United States. In terms of education,the average graduation rate between Norwalk High and Brien McMahon is 93%.
“There are wonderfully intelligent and successful people in this town,” say Gordon.
ABC recently announced that they will “omit any mentions of the city from future episodes” due to large number of concerns.