Proposed Trip to Israel Causes Tensions Among Iranian Cast Members of ‘Shahs of Sunset’
Tensions flared on Sunday among the Iranian cast members of the Bravo reality series “Shahs of Sunset” regarding a proposed trip to Israel.
In the latest episode of the hit television series, Mike Shouhed, who is Jewish, tells co-star Reza Farahan that a recent event reminded him of his family in Israel and the fact he hasn’t visited the Jewish state in over ten years. The duo plan a trip to Israel and convince their friends Mercedes “MJ” Javid and Destiney Rose to join them, but problems arise when they propose the idea to other cast members.
“Will we be safe there?” Shervin Roohparvar, who is Muslim, asks. “Am I gonna be welcome? Am I gonna show up and people are going to spit at me? No one wants to go on vacation and feel unwelcome.” Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi, also Muslim, chimes in saying that her biggest concern is that “[Israelis] don’t accept Muslims.”
Shouhed tries reassuring them, telling the camera, “My family is amazing [and] they are very warm, they are going to welcome Shervin and Golnesh as if they are me. There is so much more to Israel than religion.”
Shortly afterwards Farahan hosts a “Peace In the Middle East” Halloween party — in an effort to get his friends on board with the Israel trip — and says the vacation would be about “peace, acceptance and respect.” Gharachedaghi, however, remains unconvinced. “It’s hard for me to wanna go…when their government says it’s alright with Iran being bombed,” she protests.
Gharachedaghi and Farahan then get into a heated discussion, but cast member Asa Soltan Rahmati intervenes. “At the end of the day we all need to respect each other and have a journey where we can all grow,” she says.
Gharachedaghi finally agrees to go on the trip with the group.
“Shahs of Sunset” airs on Sunday nights on Bravo.