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CHARLESTON-BASED REALITY TV SHOW DEBUTS ON BRAVO

Had enough Honey Boo Boo? Or Real Housewives of (insert city name)?

Well tonight’s your lucky night …

Bravo is premiering Southern Charm, a reality television program based in Charleston, S.C. that stars former State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel.

And yes, to answer the burning question of the day FITS founding editor Will Folks (a.k.a. “Sic Willie”) reportedly does have a cameo in the program – although we have no doubt he’ll wind up on the cutting room floor given the superfluity of gorgeous people on the program.

Wealthy, gorgeous people …

Before it aired, Southern Charm had already infuriated much of the Holy City’s old money (not to mention its new media) … with a recent feature story in Reuters laying bare the derision being heaped upon the program in its own backyard.

“These guys are going to make Charleston look like a city full of drunken, promiscuous snobs and nothing could be further from the truth,” local advertising executive Prioleau Alexander told Reuters’ Harriet McLeod. “Of course we’re a completely drunken city, but we don’t get drunk on TV.”

Ahhhh, alrighty then …

Charleston’s “cultured” are aghast, though …

“No one of breeding would consent to such a spectacle,” one old money Charlestonian told FITS, doing her best to channel Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess of Grantham.

For his part, Ravenel isn’t worried about how the show portrays him – or his city.

“I can’t embarrass anybody but myself,” he said. “Charleston is a backdrop to this drama. A setting. It’s visual scenery.”

“T-Rav” has also ripped self-serving politicians as the real “criminal class” embarrassing America.

“They may have perfect families or blemish-less backgrounds – but what are they doing after they get elected on all that cookie cutter goodie two shoes nonsense?” he asked. “They enrich themselves while bankrupting future generations of taxpayers. They are robbing your kids and your grandkids.”

Southern Charm premieres on Bravo Monday evening at 10:00 p.m. EST. Grab your favorite adult beverage – and your indignation – and enjoy!

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