Ashley Broad is a Nasty Bitch or Does She Just Play one on TV?

Most of us remember that wonderful song from South Park Kyles Mom is a big fat bitch.  I, for one, got hours of enjoyment watching it over and over and singing the many variations it inspired.  It never dawned on me that Sheila Broflowski was a bitch, she was just the stereo typical Jewish mother.  But over the last 2 years, I have found a new contender, worth of a song proclaiming her bitchiness:  Ashley Broad.

Let me digress.  One embarrassing fact is that I like some (but clearly not all) reality TV.  It started with Survivor and expanded to the Amazing Race and even to Pawn Stars.  Rick Harrison and his crew have the formula down, but after a while the “Neato Item of the Episode” got tiresome.  And we all know Chumly is not as dense as they portray him.  It’s the shtick we chose to ignore.  And the cast of experts leaves me lukewarm. Forensic document expert Drew is just plain creepy.  After a while, it became tedious and it fell off the back of the DVR.  OK, I pushed it off.

One day I was channel surfing, which takes quite a while. We get 600 channels or so.  Remember when we scoffed at The Boss’ 57 channels (And Nothin’ on)?  57 choices seemed like a dream to me then.  Anyway, I ran across this silly little show on a silly little network called Hardcore Pawn.  The name alone made me smile.  I’d not heard of TruTV, but what the heck, right? 

Hardcore Pawn is the exact opposite of Pawn Stars.  Sure, there are interesting items from time to time, but mostly it is about crazy customers and the dysfunctional Gold Family.  Every week, there is a 70/30 ratio of crazies to normal people  shown at American Jewelry and Loan in Detroit.  What a premise, one of the country’s largest pawnshops in one of America’s most broken cities.  Each week, people come in demanding “their money” and creating chaos, forcing the very large security guards to escort, carry or push them out.  It is a sideshow of humanity that maybe as bad as Honey Boo-Boo.  And know that just because we know who she is, does not mean we have ever tuned it.  We did see her once on a morning show clip. That was too much.

The outrageous behavior of the poor or addicted or just plain crazy is off the charts in Detroit.  Women wearing tights when tents would have been risqué, men missing more teeth than those remaining and too many people a basket short of a picnic all show up over the course of a season.  I firmly believe that some of those people who believe CZs are diamonds are real, but I also believe that at least 40% of the wack-a-doos are put up to their shenanigans by the producers.  Not that I know or can prove it.  (Though, I have found a few message boards where people attest to being asked to “act” a certain way.)

Beyond the pale of the crazies (one woman wanted to sell her boyfriend’s “Prince Albert”) and the not so crazies (people need money for funerals and school), there is the real drama; the Gold family is one of the most unlikable families I have ever met.  At first, Les (the father) and Seth (his son) were pleasant enough, just a bit off center for TV.  Ashley was always a bitch.  Every week Lambchop and I would debate it.  I thought she was a huge bitch from the go.  Lambchop thought I was reacting poorly to her being a strong woman.  I don’t think a strong woman looks for any reason to undermine her brother and is continually is a divisive force.  Heck as a manager, she always plays “I’m the boss so you do what I say” card constantly.  I’ve rarely seen her listen to anyone. Even when she’s horribly wrong, she still thinks she’s right. Let’s be honest, I have never ever seen a redeeming quality in her.  I wonder what her kids think.

There are two questions here.  First is she really that much of bitch?  From my perspective she is the Superman of Bitches, with no kryptonite left on Earth.  Second, whether she is or not, why let yourself be shown like this on TV?  This is not the editing that takes place on other shows; this is full on “I’m watching my brother to catch all his mistakes so I can shame him” and yelling at the crazies AFTER they have been thrown out.  I think the Kaiser Chiefs’ I Predict a Riot should be the show’s theme song. Week in, week out, I’m appalled at her behavior.  I feel bad for her husband, who we’ve not met.  On the other hand, I know Honey Boo-Boo’s mother has a boyfriend, so we know there is all kinds of stupid and stupider in the world.

Recently, we had a breakthrough.  Unprovoked, Lambchop said that she finally agreed (albeit reluctantly) that, yes, Ashley Broad is a bitch.  Victory was mine.  Sadly, my mind had moved on.  I am now convinced that Les and Seth are giant assholes too.  Each too self absorbed in being right and abrasive.  There are grudges and fights and very few examples of love or teamwork.  These days Betrayal is the secret word.  I keep watching for the magic duck from the ceiling.

This week I was appalled at the treatment Ashley (being a tattletale, not a manager) and Les gave to Rich, their 26-year employee.  Rich always seems likable and level headed.  He’s the employee you want.  The TV show goes out of its way to show his small (or human) mistakes.  The the response to said mistake is shown like a tornado ripping through a trailer park.  “Fire Him!” Seriously?  Am I not supposed to think this is contrived?  Wait, they did this last season also.  If he is so bad, why has he been there 26 years?  I’ve reached the conclusion that too much of it is fake.

After reading this article, I’m sure it is.  You’ve got to love the internet and easy hyperlinks.  They like Ashley.  I get the advertising angle, but why show yourselves to be such unlikable people week after week.

Now you know my dirty little reality TV secret.  I will probably keep watching but I don’t want to.  And I’m sure you’ll tune in once to see what I am talking about.  TruTV won’t pay me for your eyeballs, but I appreciate you reading to the end today..  

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  1. alex

     /  April 30, 2015

    Very good article. It
    came up third on a Google search for “i hate ashley hardcore pawn”.. what a fucking bitc!

  2. daveo

     /  June 25, 2015

    They certainly are an uncooth ugly low iq family. Ashley is a pin brain fat ass swamp donkey whilst Les is that creepy old goat you dont want near your kids. The wife lily is some crazy gun toting loonie and seth you just want to knock that last living brain cell out.

  3. the bunch of them seem brave, as long as they have a bunch of giants to back them up,bet they would run like rabbits if caught away from their body guards,the kids show no respect for their father.he needs to fire both of them ,and let them try to make it on there own for a couple of years,had to do it to my own son.when I let him come back to the company his attitude changed to me and the customers.

    • None of you business!

       /  September 30, 2015

      Hey, idiot. Respect is EARNED!!!! You just don’t get it, for free, handed down to you on a silver platter. You have to EARN IT!!!!

    • Anonymous

       /  November 18, 2015


  4. Danny Nakonechny

     /  August 17, 2015

    I think Ashley is a sexy doll

    • Ashleyz a butch

       /  January 2, 2016

      You are fucking insane.
      She has the same IQ as a doll, she is as loud and annoying as a fucking furby, and she wouldn’t even make a half decent blow up doll
      Unless you intend on using her for one of your creepy uncle’s snuff films ans saw her in pieces, i haven’t got the faintest clue what you could use her for.

      • Anonymous

         /  January 26, 2016

        Anyone who uses the term “tough love” to describe their actions toward the kids they brought into the world, kicking them out, cutting them off etc- should be ashamed of themselves probably should have waited to have kids

    • Rick

       /  July 16, 2016

      Ashley is a sexy doll?? As sexy like a used blow-up doll, you mean?

  5. PB

     /  October 6, 2015

    I am totally confused, Ashley has got to be the best actor in the world she can’t be that much of a bitch. The eye thing she does makes me sick and what makes me even more sick is that I still watch although when she is on I turn it off. Please piss her off !!! Your ratings will boom.

  6. Anonymous

     /  October 15, 2015

    Ashley is a smug brat that deserves to live on the streets until she can treat people better.

  7. Anonymous

     /  October 24, 2015

    I don’t think ‘Hardcore Pawn’ will be aired any longer, or not much longer if it is still on at all-it is ‘MIA’ on my ‘DIRECT’ TV and know it is also MIA on DISH TV. I believe becouse of BLACK COMPLAINTS that most of the IGNORANT, LOUD, OBNOXIOUS CUSTOMERS are, in fact, BLACK. Some whites are also Crazy, but about 3/4 of crazies are UNEDUCATED, STEREOTYPICAL, LOUD and VIOLENT, DRAMA-SEEKING/CREATING PEOPLE WHO, JUST HAPPEN, TO BE BLACK.

    If that is the way that most of customers behave, and they are Black, well…..that’s just the way IT IS IN AMERICA TODAY! They, apparently, DO BEHAVE WORSE, much WORSE, than ANIMALS. It also ‘Just Happens’ that these LOUD patrons are Black. It seems that very few of the BLACK MALES (under 30 yrs) are Teachers, Doctors. Lawyers, or even working or SCHOOLING. Just HAPPENSTANCE, of coarse!

    Don’t think it’ll Re-appear on my TV. Too bad, made me laugh and cry at once!

  8. Josh

     /  November 1, 2015

    I think the show is definitely fake. However, I will reserve judgement on their behavior. I don’t know how much it takes for them, but I daresay that for about $20k an episode, I would act like a complete douche and smile at the end of each day knowing I was not really a douche, I have tons of money, and my real friends/family would still love me. Hell, I’m not rich, so it might not even take that much. If it meant being able to give my family anything they needed/wanted, I’m pretty sure I could act like a mouth breathing retarded asshole to just about anyone. Just saying.

  9. If I could buy her for what she’s worth and sell her for what she thinks she’s worth, I’d be a very rich man!!! (The “Ashley” character, that is. Who knows what she’s really like off camera?)

  10. Don’t get me started about the greedy Gold family. I loathe everything about them, and their sham of a show too. They give Jews a nasty name. And Ashley is awful. If she’s even a fraction of how she portrays herself on TV in real life, then she must make her husband miserable. Oy f**king vey.

  11. Anonymous

     /  March 19, 2016

    She’s a jealous bitch. She’s so green with envy when it comes to Karen. As for her brother, maybe it’s just me but he looks like a monkey with those ears!!!!

  12. Christina

     /  April 17, 2016

    Ashley is a nice woman, all she is doing is providing for her family so there is no need to bash her!

  13. Lee

     /  June 16, 2016

    Mate, first time reading your blog and I have to say, you’re totally correct. The only other comment I would make is that they (the Broads’) are also guilty of giving us Jews a bad name: I mean, the three of them are some of the greediest, money-grabbing people I’ve ever seen – & they do it on TV!! If they can take advantage of or blatantly rip people off who are clearly desperate & in a bad situation. They should be ashamed of themselves.

  14. Ash is a nasty bitch that would be a welfare mom if it wasnt for her daddy….pathetic spoiled kid needs an eye opener!!! PATHETIC dumb girl!!!

  15. Kai

     /  October 19, 2016

    I’ve been watching this show here in Norway and I can honestly say that As(s)hley is a huge stuck up bitch that deserves to be shot! I can not stand that fucking whore!
    The episode with the couch, previously owned by As(s)hley, that Les was trying to sell tells us everything. She’s a filthy dog that needs to be put to sleep.

  16. ash is a bitch

     /  October 19, 2016

    Ashley is a joke & I blame Les for it….He let her push him around & didn’t do anything. This has made Ash such a bitch because if she can get away with it from the boss she believes she can get away with it with anyone. She can’t be a happy person because she has to look in the mirror every morning.

  17. LyndaintheUK

     /  December 18, 2016

    Wow! Such hatred on here! I don’t really get it all – OK, so the three Golds (Les, Seth and Ashley) are not exactly oozing charm but (a) they are providing a service for people who need money – that’s how the pawn business works, people – it’s called “conducting business”!!!!! and (b) It is patently obvious (or SHOULD be) to anyone who is watching that it is SCRIPTED REALITY. “Scripted Reality” is where the producers TELL the cast to do something, it is NOT actual “reality” (even though the Golds have denied that in the past.) It’s OBVIOUS it’s scripted. As for the other bunch of complete idiots on Pawn Stars, now THEY really ARE a weird bunch – grumpy granddad, idiot son(s), THEY are the ones who REALLY rip people off. Greedy bastards!

  18. Anonymous

     /  September 30, 2017

    You CRAZY Yanks!!

  19. Anonymous

     /  February 14, 2018

    Im writing from Sweden and i cant belive they aire this shit, problaby because the network gets it for free. But i cant stand Ashley, she is just to much of a bitch and not a strong Woman as she claims.

  20. Gerry parr

     /  March 14, 2018

    Spot on. Horrible person

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