The new series of smash hit documentary “Big Fat Gypsy Weddings”, which is opening at Channel 4 of United Kingdom on February 14 2012, actually harm the already maltreated European Gypsy (Roma) community.
Instead of tackling more serious issues facing Roma community, it appears to be laughing at them. It does not seem to be an accurate portrayal of Roma and instead it appears to be simply sensationalism, exaggeration and misrepresentation.
Television is a powerful medium and it could be used in a more positive and educative way voicing European Roma apartheid. Apartheid conditions faced by Roma people are a social blight for Europe and the rest of the world as they reportedly regularly face social exclusion, racism, substandard education, hostility, joblessness, rampant illness, inadequate housing, lower life expectancy, unrest, living on desperate margins, language barriers, stereotypes, mistrust, rights violations, discrimination, marginalization, appalling living conditions, prejudice, human rights abuse, racist slogans on Internet, etc.
It is shocking to see how inhumanely Europe has been treating its about 15-million Roma brothers-sisters for such a long period.
Public service broadcaster Channel 4 calls this highly rated show “a window into the secretive, extravagant and surprising world of gypsies”.
In USA, the show airs on specialty cable channel TLC.
February, 12, 2012