Some people in Southie are not thrilled with the portrayal of people from South Boston in Showtime’s Golden Globe Nominated series SMILF. If you recall, SMILF was in Southie and Dorchester this past fall shooting scenes. The first episode of SMILF aired in November and was quickly picked up for a second season.
City Councilor and Southie resident Ed Flynn is urging the City of Boston to remove the ads for SMILF in bus shelters around the city. See statement below:
In recent weeks, many of my constituents have relayed to me their disgust with Showtime’s TV Show “SMILF” and its depiction of the people of South Boston. The proud mothers I know from Southie, who work so hard for their families and our community, have told me they find it unwatchable as it is a degrading, crude and inaccurate portrayal of their life in the neighborhood. At the same time, I noticed advertisements for the show featured at bus shelters around the city. I’m tired of Hollywood making a profit off of these abysmal shows that in no way capture the real lives, character and contributions of the people of South Boston. As a result, I reached out to officials from the City of Boston and they have kindly agreed to remove these advertisements. Thank you to those of you that brought this to my attention.