07/31/2012 American Gypsies needs to catch up with the reality of Roma people
"The US reality show is likely to turn ignorance about Roma people into all-out prejudice. It is time for more thoughtful TV" Reality shows feed on stereotypes and disdain for tribes other than one s own. Most people in the US know of Jersey Shore, which generated a debate around the representation of Italian-Americans on television. There are many more like it: The Littlest Groom (which plays on stereotypes about little people), My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé (overweight people) and, yes, the unfortunately and descriptively titled Black Mafia Family Wives.
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