It was just a few hours ago that I watched an episode of Big Rich Atlanta where I remarked on the inane behavior of a gay interior designer who appeared on the show as a designer to one of the mothers appearing on the show. I pointed out that the show had derailed into a parody of reality shows going even farther with the scripted nonsense than we have ever seen before. Just now, I received a news story stating that the gay designer is Alpharetta City Councilmanm Donald Mitchell. As news of an elected official appearing drunk, abusive to women, needing physical restraint and generally being drunk and disorderly on a “reality TV show” began to make the rounds, Donald Mitchell was forced to make a statement to defend his position. In this statement, Mitchell claims essentially, that he is only an actor playing a role and the whole show is made up and not to be taken seriously. Click through for his full response.
An Alpharetta city councilman is defending his decision to appear on a reality television show. Donald Mitchell, an interior decorator by trade, has had a recurring role on the Style Network’s “Big Rich Atlanta.” In one episode, he’s drinking and ducking under a woman’s skirt. In another, he comments on female genitalia. A city employee emailed Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik to say that if the employee had done the same thing, it would have resulted in termination. Mitchell declined to do an interview with Petchenik but sent the following statement about his role on the show:
“As you may know, though the show is not scripted, I have been asked to play a defined character. I first agreed to appear on the show at the request of a couple of clients of mine. The television network wanted my clients’ designer to appear and talk about my design work. As things evolved, the directors liked my role and asked that I return repeatedly.
“Although I’m not provided with a specific script for this docu-drama, I’m provided direction and prompting from the directors as I act my role. Thus far, I’ve had a lot of positive responses to my role on the show, and those who know me understand the character I play on the show is merely a character and is different than how I conduct myself elsewhere, as is evident from my actions during City Council meetings, Alpharetta Business Association meetings, and throughout my life.
I do plan to run for re-election, and I know I’m not the first person to work both as a politician and an actor. Whatever role or job I take, I do so with the utmost diligence and dedication to achieving success. I have a passion for historic preservation, an increased presence of the arts, revitalizing our downtown, the City Center project, and business development. These issues require the continued creativity that I have shown in my work on council. I’m excited by the prospect of continuing to provide this perspective and leadership for our city, and those who know me are aware of the hours I devote to our city.
As this is my first attempt at acting on television, I understand there are many who believe my portrayal of the character on the show is so believable, especially since those who know me clearly understand this is not how I conduct myself on council or in public. Incidentally, in taking on this acting role, I made certain the network and my fellow cast members knew my commitment to my work on council, and each agreed not to make any mention of the city or my role on council during this work.”
Well isn’t that interesting. Do you think this guy stands a chance at re-election? I predict his statement will keep him off the show in the future and mar the entire show’s chance for a season two. Style should just give Meyer and Harvin their own show and drop the rest of this nonsense. Thoughts?