“HARDCORE PAWN” is a TV show on TruTv — it’s about a pawnshop in Detroit that seems to be the size of a football field. It is run by a guy named Les Gold, his son Seth and his daughter Ashely. They have a lot of employees and a lot of big burly (many of them black) security guards who have the job of throwing out any customer who becomes unruly – (that would be just about every customer — real or actor — highlighted by the director and editor.) There’s a lot of social stuff going on here and if you are dopey enough to watch this monstrosity, it might all go over your head. Test your ability to find racism and stereotype exploitation. See if any of these scenarios set off any alarms in your head.
In one episode an African-American guy is haggling with Les Gold about the price of a ring. The guy gets enraged and Gold has him carted out like a kicking and screaming maniac. Gold sneers and says something to the effect that the guy will cool off and eventually come back and accept the lowball offer.
This Hollywood writer tried to stop me from writing this –>http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3834680/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 <– I told him to go to hell. He must have something to do with the show or something.
In another episode a women brings in a gynecologists examining table. Gold’s daughter buys it for $50.00 but is criticized by Gold for doing so because he thinks it’s useless. A short while later a black man comes in looking for a table. Gold sells him that one for $200 and says, “That’s a great deal, you’ll never get another deal like that in your life.” The gullibly smiling urban customer buys it and smiles because the nice pawnbroker got him a good deal. Then he proudly does a George Jefferson strut over to the pay window.
Are you following me here?
I call this the worst show on television for so many reasons.
The customers are predominantly African-American (85% as far as I could see) and the pawn brokers are Jewish. The area is very Detroit poor and surrounded by casinos. They claim to get 700 customers per day so the place looks like your local DMV– but the lines of mostly black people going up to windows are there to pawn their stuff — not to get a new car registration.
There was an episode where an older, flashy black gentleman, (probably broke) who kept coming back to pawn more and more of his bling as he lost more and more at the casinos. They joked with him and laughed with the old man like he was some kind of character, which he was tio some extent regardless of color, but they took his money and acted as though they were concerned about his gambling habit. If they are so concerned about gambling addictions, why don’t they just refuse to take his stuff? Even the scummiest bartender knows when to stop pouring drinks for somebody.
It isn’t shown outwardly, but there are moments in this show where you are led to believe that the customer was lied to and cajoled into an easy deal. It’s not done outwardly, but it’s implied.
For example, a young African American guy takes his pawn ticket to the clerk and she gives him $155.00. He asserts that an associate broker in the store told him $255.00. He looks down and sees that the ticket is $155.00. So now the guy is going to leave but Gold counters with and offer again of $155.00. Do you see something sneaky about this? It looked almost like a routine or a pinch the pawnbroker pulls on people. I am not saying that this is what happened, but it sure looked like it.
Now, you could never write or pitch a movie with this subject theme. You would be called Hitler or a slave trader or a Shylock or Fagin or Step’en Fetch It — you might end up in jail. This show recreates and enforces the worst stereotypes you could ever conjure up. It makes Tony and Carmella Soprano look like Ward and June Cleaver.
Les Gold and his son are often merciless and kind of mean — but they smile and take the money and pat people on the back and call them “brother” or “my man.” Granted they are dealing with people who often try to hustle them with lies and tales of woe, but Les Gold is portrayed as the most sickening and phony and slimy creature that TV has ever offered the world — and they call this reality — is Les Gold that loathsome in real life? It’s not possible — in fact, he comes off to me as probably a very kind and caring person, but that side of him doesn’t switch on until either the store closes or the cameras stop rolling.
The customers featured for the show, and culled from the miles of videotape, are mostly black characters taken out of a 1930s movie, or else they are gangstuhs from a violent ghetto rap movie.
Okay, so they say this is reality TV, but do we REALLY need to see this? If somebody told me that this was a KKK propaganda TV show I would believe it.
Any kid who watches this show will think that Jewish people are sinister liars who make their living by exploiting poor blacks in low income neighborhoods because that’s essentially ALL that happens in this show.
People who already have these stereotypical opinions about African Americans and Jews will feel vindicated in their thinking. Marlon Brando is not alive to see on the screen what he complained about to Larry King. I think if Marlon Brando saw this show he might change his tune.
This show should be taken off the air immediately. I know it’s real TV, but it’s bad — very bad. It’s disgusting– get it out of my face.
67 thoughts on “Hardcore Pawn — worst show in the history of television.”
The truth hurts, don’t it?
Your story is nothing but lies I guess whitey is behind all these knock out attacks and mall and stores flash mobs stealing. Thank god Dr Ben Carson mama knew how the blacks were in his community and when they still had white racist white teachers Miss Carson taught her sons right from wrong and made her two son study and she didn’t know how to read because she was raise in a era that didn’t have that many schools for the blacks but she was smart and knew that she had to teach her sons not to get caught up in drugs and blacks gangs and the blacks in neighbors that said it was whitey fault for keeping them down And her two sons became a doctor and one a rocket scientist so tell me that whitey are keeping down the blacks and she didn’t have white blood in her and guess what and her title is now Dr Carson now tell me whitey are keeping the blacks down and its not that so call reason because your ancestors were slaves because the whites slaves work picking cotton too and we were slaves first and know damn indenture slaves it was the whites slaves that got beated and whip. black slaves narratives were lies do you think if blacks were whip every day that they would gotten a n work done just like you say that house maid (the house n mama)do u think the master wife would have allowed for maid to live in house. Just like blacks are calling Dr Carson
Did you READ the story? Doesn’t sound like it.
I guess the lady Rehab addict Nicole Curtis is racist too for all the trouble she goes to trouble to rebuild old house for the poor blacks and whites to buy in Detroit She put her heart into them to have some black jackass to come steal stuff out of the houses. Can’ even keep the blacks jackass from people that are trying help out the decent poor working black people . Plus the work they do is all screw up and not up to code worst then a a person that do it themselves even the good blacks wont hire a black person from Detroit . I hate dumb black racist people.Obama been living in a bubble its the blacks that are racist. IT WAS THE WHITE PEOPLE THAT WERE SLAVES FIRST THE ONES THAT WERE BEAT AND WHIPS THE BLACK NARARRATIVES THAT LIE TO NEWS PAPERS PLUS THEY USE PHOTO FROM AFRICA SLAVES MASTERS THAT WHIP THEM LEARN YOUR TRUE HISTORY
I think less is fair the most shops.
People the TV elites pawn shop and flea markets putting the people out of business they buy cheap from you so they can sale at higher prices on the internet you remember when FRANK and MIKE at the beginning of the show they buy real cheap then people caught on to their game. The people were complaining that they were buying cheap then mike started to buy high but they are still screwing you over because Frank buying more at cheaper prices and Frank is buying more bigger stuff and Mike is buying less But I still love the shows and people will sale cheap to be on TV Don’t you see how the go to the lonely people houses and push their way in con people to sale their stuff that they don’t want to sale .And it’s not helping the local economy Wait till elites families come to your city and town you can get stuff painted at a local body shop at a good prices and sale it then you are helping people in your town and city.
You are not being fair to Les he would buy junk tvs and other junk from people that needed money and give them more money then what they could have made of street I wouldn’t have giving them one red penny. Then he had to fire one of his body guard that he had for years stealing les jewelry from les no telling how much he stole he work for les 20 some years it a damn shame you got to have body guard to protect everybody that works there and the customer I quest he have to sale stuff at uses market prices just to pay bodyguard so blacks don’t pull gun on your ass and shoot your ass If you so smart why you don’t tell
the people where the real body guards and who they are really are on the show and police station is around the corner lol.Armed security guards a marines damn shame we got to have body guards to protect us when we go buy stuff are walk us to the store xploiting black people my ass what about knock out attacks and flash mobs all were blacks. Mad at jew because Germany gave them reparations.And blacks didn’t get one I want one too for whites be slaves and we weren’t no indenture slaves we were whips chain made to have sex with blacks and have kids by blacks and for black slaves narratives lying to to the Yankees and New papers and Yankees news papers show Africa slaves in the papers that why you see blacks in pictures whipping the slaves and lying about being rape by white masters when it was the whites getting whip by them whites rich masters and the elites Learn the damn history . Yes I hate you lying ass racists MF OUT
Haw haw haw, go ahead and make the ass- umption that I’m a low iq redneck, who cares, you boys are better than the show itself. Keep up this whatever ya’ll call it!
Hardcore pawn sucks Les acts and looks like a Child Molester
They should take some lesson from pawn stars. I’ve been to both An pawn stars is just like you see on TV there like that in person very honest people.
Greg, the difference is that the Pawn Stars guys aren’t Jews.
The difference between Hardcore and Pawn Stars is that the latter aren’t Jews.
This show shows Jews at what they do best, buying and selling. It also shows Blacks at what they do best. Creating mayhem. I think that the show is very educational about the nature of Jews and Blacks.
I can’t stand the Gold family. They act as though they are better than everyone else yet do not hesitate to engage the “inferiors” in armed verbal combat. In one instance, I can’t really remember but Led basically pitted his brats against one another in a competition to run a new branch of his store. They both ran each other down and acted like little cunts who hated one another rather than siblings. Ashley is the worst. She will get into vicious arguments with customers and call them butches. 8/10 she is acting like a holier-than-thou cow before any customer ever does her any kind of disservice by way of disrespect or bone headed stubborn antics. She is the worst. I believe it’s all staged when it comes to the “customers” they single out for an extended “story” …you can tell the people in the bg are real customers which helps lend the show any kind of semblance of credibile reality. The Gold Family though…they might just be depicting only slightly exaggerated versions of themselves and they don’t care how awful people think they are cos hey, money. (Also, a question for the Damien. For someone who claims to not be anti semitic and by way of admitting it in some earlier comments above you obviously have power over which comments are published and which are idk,discarded. My question is this..If you don’t hate jews why do you allow vicious anti semitic comments through? I’m all for uncensored splendor online but sometimes when a person is just spewing hatred for the sake of relishing in being able to express said hatred to someone they may think is of kindred spirit, you are really just doing yourself an unkindness in the end, lol. Yes I realise this comment is a bit long winded… perhaps even rambling. Forgive me, I’m tired. Also, I have been guilty of just mentioned mindless hatred of jews. I’ll admit it. There isn’t a human alive that isn’t guilty of possessing some kind of unjustifiable hatred against another type of human. So no, not a jew. I was just wondering I suppose. You should watch this one episode of a show called Bride and Prejudice. There’s an interfaith couple featured. Jew/Christian. It’s filled with amazingly delicious awkward moments that don’t seem to be tooooo manufactured. Those Jewish parents CAN’T STAND their sons gf and bastard grandchild. It’s cringe. His brothers also a big douchebag. The end. xx
I am not an anti Semite — sometimes a comment slips past me but I do not see any blatantly anti Semitic comments on here. It’s a weird thing to say or question when you used a website called GodHatesFags to email me. Part of the story about Les Gold and his business if that it portrays Jewish people in a stereotypical way – USURY — look up that word. If someone comments and feels a certain way, as long as they don’t threaten anyone, who am I to cnsor them?
Wathced this show on tv last night and wow, that`s the most greedy little jew I have ever seen. That Les guy is just too much. You can see the greed in his eyes everytime someone walks in with something that has value. And then he offers them 20 bucks for it. 🙂 He`s really jewing people over. And another thing I noticed, all black people in Detroit seems to be insane for some reason. What happend to them? I saw one woman who walked into the store and thought they would give her free money for 30 days. She had read an ad about a 30 day interest-free loan. And then she exploded when they said she was wrong. You have to have an IQ of 14 to behave like that, amazing. At least now I know, if I ever go to Detroit and see a black person, I`ll either run away or shoot him. They`re f-ing crazy. I`ll also stay away from Les Jewface Gold, what a dickhead.
Thank you for posting this! I realize it was in 2011, but omg. My husband watches re-runs of this garbage, and hates that I watch Housewives ? I have told him exactly what you posted in your article many times, he doesn’t get it. ALMOST EVERY SINGLE CUSTOMER is Black, stupid, and demandind. Yelling and screaming, expecting to walk away with $300 or whatever “I want three hunda dolla or I ain’t leavin.” Like not all black people are like this, but if you were to watch the show (and I have now seen almost every episode, and can’t tell the difference except Ashly looks older) If you didn’t know any black people, you’d think they were all like this, and WHO WANTS people like this around? I’m mixed btw, and grew up in an all white community. I know what I see.
There are other pawnshop reality shows and maybe they are on good behavior for the TV because this show makes the other pawnbrokers look like they are there to preform a service and the Golds look like they are exploiting a poor broke down city. “Why do you think it’s worth that.” It’s as bad as Fox News there is no use for either.