Travellers criticise Channel 4’s Big Fat Gypsy Weddings

Channel 4’s My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding may have pulled in some of the channel’s highest ever ratings, but it has drawn harsh criticism from the Irish Traveller Movement in Britain, which has called the programme a “misrepresentative and unjust portrayal” of the community and its culture.

The organisation, which seeks to raise the profile of Irish travellers in Britain, has demanded the show’s producers allow an opportunity for a right of reply. Many fundamental flaws have been pointed out in the programme’s portrayal of travelling communities in Britain. A report commissioned by the Irish Traveller Movement highlighted the diversity in work and life experiences traveller communities now experience.

Channel 4 defended itself in a statement, saying: “We have intentionally avoided many commonly held stereotypes and attempted to provide a balanced view.

“The series is an observational documentary and made predominantly from the perspective of Gypsies and Travellers talking about their own experiences.”

(Source: MediaGuardian)




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