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This petition is to address The Learning Channel (TLC), as well as to the advertisers and sponsors of the show, “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding” (and its UK counterpart “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding”), which are blatant smear/ridicule campaigns against all Romani (“Gypsy”) people.
Romani have long suffered persecution, prejudice, discrimination, ridicule, even murder and ethnic cleansing for their cultural heritage and misunderstood traditions throughout history. Shows like “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding” and “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” (UK version), not only shed Romani (and Irish Travelers) in a negative light, it openly ridicules a race of people so proud in their tradition and heritage.
Firecracker Productions and The Learning Channel (TLC) have found Romani people who are so outrageous in their living, in attempt to create sensationalism, high ratings, and high dollar figures; and in doing so, have disregarded that what is being portrayed as fact is actually inaccurate information.
The US version of the show has focused their entire season around one family; that alone cannot present an accurate portrayal of Romani (or Irish Travelers) as a whole.
TLC and Firecracker Productions, are obviously attempting to create “fact” in sensationalism and outrageousness, while disregarding the effect(s) that such deception are having on the Romani populace as a whole. TLC and Firecracker Productions have also created, in their misrepresentation(s), opinions based on deception among the general population to form false-opinions of the Romani people as a whole.
The family that is featured in the US version of the show are NOT living according to the Romani laws, and portraying them as the “stereotypical” Romani… or “Gypsy” is an outrage.
It is understood that TLC/Firecracker Productions paid these individuals to dress in certain ways, and act in certain manners - even going so far as to buy trailers and set them up as if this is where these individuals are living to give more “authentication” to the storyline.
Even more outrageous, one of the girls portrayed in the show “Mellie” is/was a stripper and is shown in the show performing lewd dance moves in the middle of department stores (among other places), then explains such moves as if this is “typical” Romani dance. It is not.
Romani people have, for years, attempted to keep their lives, their identities secret for the very reason that they have been persecuted and discriminated against. They have fought against stereotypical identification assignment, and in many countries of the world, they are still treated in such deplorable ways that are human rights violations, but yet no international government agency steps in to offer protection or aid to them, simply because of the stereotype “Gypsy”.
My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding (and British version), further harms Romani by the portrayal of ridiculous and outrageous behavior, dress, and deception.
While we understand that you create your shows, and gain sponsorship ad placement spots, based on show ratings, the premise of the network “The Learning Channel” has become tainted to such a degree with this outrageous propaganda of lies. In this instance, the “learning” channel is promoting lies and sensationalism, as well as racism, racial profiling, and further promoting the negative effects which Romani have tried hard to rise above for generations.
We, the undersigned, petition The Learning Channel to cancel all future programming of My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, and any and all shows depicting Romani people in a negative light which are in consideration spin-off from the original show(s).
We, the undersigned, also petition all sponsors/advertisers to withdraw their relationship(s) with The Learning Channel until they remove all biased, deceptive, and racist programming which propagates the persecution, discrimination, ridicule, and stereotyping of a race of people based solely on the actions of one family group.
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The TLC show “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding” (and it’s UK counterpart “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding”) is a blatant smear campaign against all Roma people. They have found Roma people who are so outrageous and so NOT living according to the Romani laws of life and living, and portraying them as the “stereotypical” Romani… or “Gypsy”. In the old days, such individuals would have come before a council of elders who would “shun” them in a way that would put the Amish shunning to shame!
TLC has paid these individuals to dress in certain ways, and act in certain manners - even going so far as to buy trailers and set them up as if this is where these individuals are living to give more “authentication” to the storyline. One of the girls portrayed in the show “Mellie” is/was a stripper and is shown in the show dropping to the floor and performing lewd dance moves in the middle of department stores, then make it sound as if this is a “typical” Romani dance. It is not.
None of this is typical of Romani. This is NOT ACCURATE INFORMATION. This is harming all of us Romani further in ways of discrimination and prejudice. Please help us by sharing the following post to the following list of FB pages (a simple search will bring all the pages up).
This is the post I put together (originally) and posted to CiCi’s Pizza’s FB page, then changed the verbiage to reflect the others on the list. Please feel free to copy and paste the following message over to CiCi’s Pizza and change the verbiage to reflect the other companies on this list of advertisers of MBFAGW… Some of us who have taken action have had our posts removed from these pages as they do not wish to have anything “negative” on their pages. The more of us who can post to these pages and inundate them, the more notice they will take.
Remember last year’s TLC show An American Muslim? Lowe’s, and several other companies, removed their advertising support during the airing of the show because of a racist smear campaign by a fundamentalist Christian group. If they can have such companies as Lowe’s remove their ad support, then we all can spark effort to have these other companies remove their support of a blatantly offensive show as My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding. Please do help, even if you would only post to the pages of the first four on the list as they advertise several times during airings of MBGAGW, and share this status on your own walls also. Thanks you guys SO much! ♥
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“I am writing to petition Cici’s pizza to please ask TLC NOT to air your commercial’s during TLC’s My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding. This show is offensive to all Roma people, and portrays us all in an extremely derogatory manner. While I understand that you base your advertising on demographics, I also know that you also target high rating shows, and unfortunately MBFAGW is one such high rated show. However, I also know that you can ask any network to remove your commercials during certain shows (as Lowe’s and several other companies did last year during TLC’s American Muslim show).
Cici’s is a family-friendly restaurant that seems to be welcoming of all demographics, it is shocking then that you would support a show which is degrading to a certain demographic. I hope that you will take note of this post and stand up with the Romani people in boycotting My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding (and it’s UK equivalent “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding”) by pulling your advertisement support during such shows. Respectfully yours… “
McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, India (view bigger it’s worth it for a click)
Oh sigh….. SO beautiful… THIS is the place in my dreams come to life… ♥
*travellers passing through*
Lower Bourne, England.
Source: Carol Drew/Flickr
Best of luck on that one. I think people are going to continuously use words they don’t really grasp and understanding to. Like people throw out the “N” word, and they don’t seem to care who it offends. Even black people using it on their own selves/kind, but they put a distinction in on the ending of “a” or “er”. Whatever, it’s all rubbish. Good on you for trying to educate them, I hope that with more understanding and education, and actually WANTING to be compassionate humans, people will start making a change and stop using all kinds of derogatory slang; and especially, misusing it.
Trying to simultaneously explain to someone that a ‘Pikey or Piker’ isn’t a Gypsy, or an Irish Traveller, whilst telling them not to use it because it’s racist [against us].
Romani Elders at The Unfinished Sinti and Roma Memorial Berlin. Saturday 2nd June 2012. Picture by Nihad Nino Pusija
Rmany Gypsies at Epsom
While watching The Epsom Derby last week I noticed they touched upon the traveling site at the edge of the course and managed to find these great pics from the past of Romany Gypsies at the meeting.In 1937 local eccentric Lady Sybil Grant, Lord Rosebery’s daughter, developed an affinity with the Gypsies, often dressing herself in unusual and romantic clothes.
She provided use of a large field on her own land for the Gypsies. The Conservators now manage this land, which is set aside annually for the traditional gathering of the Gypsies.
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