Sunday, June 17, 2012


Cancel Programming of "My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding"
I just signed the following petition addressed to: The Learning Channel (TLC).

Cancel Programming of "My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding"

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.

Thank you.

 http://www.facebook .com/pages/ Stop-Romani- Racist-Programmi ng-on-TLC/ 237041776414052

Someone pointed out that this would only allow one to sign via facebook.
Here's an alternate address which should work.


Anonymous said...

Is there a link to this petition that isn't through facebook? I no have one...

Morgan said...

Oh yes Rae. This should work.
Thanks for pointing this out. I'll post the additional address on the blog.
Good to hear from you.

Anonymous said...

so morgan ? you are blocking freedom of media expression? tese people are nor ROMA just like you.. they call themselves rummy you just dont get it do you DUMMY

Morgan said...

Ah, anonymous, I'm just not sure how to respond to this message.
My first thought was that it's a joke, but even if it is, I think it should be addressed directly.

By the way, it's amazing to me that people who write negative things NEVER use their names.
And that instead of starting a constructive discussion, the comments usually consist of a personal attack.

Yes,so called freedom of media expression upsets me.
The media controls the images we receive. It is much more dangerous than what you or I say to each other.
When oppressed people have the same access to media expression at least the images will be balanced.

Also, I am concerned with the oppression of all people.
And regardless of whether those on MBFAGW are Roma or Travellers,
THEY ARE BEING PRESENTED AND PERCEIVED AS GYPSIES (which, in case you haven't noticed is used in reference to Roma and others.)

We play into the hands of the oppressors when we argue over who deserves to be oppressed.