Big Fat Gypsy Weddings
Big Fat Gypsy Weddings is a British documentary series produced by Firecracker Films for Channel 4, looking at the world of gypsies and travelers in Britain today. The show has been criticized by the Traveler & Gypsy communities for misrepresenting them.
Jane Jackson, deputy chief executive of the Rural Media Company, a charity which publishes the Travellers’ Times said: It’s posing as a documentary, the voice-over is saying we’re going to let you into the secrets of the traveller community – and it is just not true. It might be true of the particular families in front of the camera, but it’s not generally true. They’re made to look totally feckless, not really to be taken seriously as an ethnic group.
Others from the Traveler and Gypsy communities question the show’s title. Billy Welch, a spokesman for Roma Gypsies said: While Channel 4 should be praised for at least differentiating between Irish Travelers and Roma Gypsies, the first three episodes have in fact focused exclusively on Irish Travelers and their traditions: They called the show Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and you’ve yet to see a Romany Gypsy in it.
During the episode No Place Like Home, Big Fat Gypsy Weddings had 4 of the top 10 trending topics worldwide on social networking website Twitter.
Watch the full documentary now (playlist – 3 hours)