Less than a week before its June 23 premiere, the school where one of the NYC Prep kids go is not exactly thrilled about their unwitting involvement on the Bravo reality show.
A school administrator for Nightingale-Bamford, an Upper Eastern academy not very different from Gossip Girl‘s Constance-Billard, is crying foul over the decision of one of its students, 17-year-old Camille Hughes, to appear on the show. Some say Nightingale-Bamford is the real-life basis of Constance-Billard since its author Cecily von Ziegesar actually graduated from there.
“The decision to participate in the show was made by the student and her parents without consulting Nightingale’s administrators,” said its scathing letter directed to their students’ parents. “We counsel our girls to avoid such exposure, knowing that the best intentions are usually subsumed by a media machine that too often simplifies the many facets of a Nightingale education into a shallow and stereotypical view of independent schools.”
NYC Prep, set to premiere on Tuesday, follows six Gossip Girl-like characters and privileged teenagers, including Camille, who’s a junior at Nightingale-Bamford.
The school’s principal Dorothy Hutcheson writes further that they are not paying NYC Prep much heed, but would rather concentrate on their original objective.
“We approach this situation as we’ve handled others previously: focused on providing our girls the world-class education that has long defined Nightingale,” she writes. “This is not the first time someone has presented skewed version of our world, nor will it be the last.”
As for the other teens on NYC Prep, Sebastian goes to the very-recently-put up Ross School; Jessie and PC attend the Dwight School; Kelli attends Birch-Wathen-Lenox; and Taylor attends Stuyvesant, a magnet public school. The administration of the these institutions have yet to comment on the matter.
– Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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