Friday, January 13, 2012

The Gypsies Are Coming To America


For those of you who have watched My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding on TLC and saw the little blurb asking for people in the US to come forward if they are gypsies, well apparently enough did and there is going to be an eight episode series of gypsies living here in North America. From what it sounds like, most of the gypsies come from the English and Irish travelers that are on the show while some come from Romania. I love watching that show and I wish there were more of them. I feel like the producers keep using the same footage now and just edit it another way or use stuff they threw out before just to try and make a new episode or two.

30 comments:

Sue Ellen Mishkey said...

Amazing. I hope North American gypsies are as over the top as the English/Irish ones.

jax said...

why am i subjected to a giant set of tits on the right side bar? is that where we're going now?

Rita said...

@Jax - I think it's hilarious "make him addicted to you"

Makes me think of causing your man to have cold sweats and diarrhea.

Shay said...

I cannot WAIT for this show!!!

BigMama said...

Back in the day I dated a gypsy. He swore up and down in the beginning that he wasn't. They are some crazy ass people.

Sadie said...

I don't see what your seeing Jax...most likely because I'm using Firefox with AdBlockPlus installed. I see NO Ads :)

Love this show...got my sister in law and daughter watching it. I just find it all so fascinating!

childeroland said...

This looks really good.

bits of moxy said...

Don't gypsies treat their women like property, and keep them un educated - much like the wacked out fundamentalist churches (in the US) do? If so, then this whole show idea is pretty sad.

Poppymann said...

There's nothing fabulous about the travelers and Gypsies. They are nothing more than con artists. Every time a hail strom blows through, they start popping up like mushrooms to rip people off.

amazonblue said...

Scrap the reality and bring back "The Riches" with Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver. That show never got a proper send off, it was killed during the writers strike a few years ago. Same subject, Irish travellers in U.S.

EmEyeKay said...

I went through a period of "Gypsy interest" and read a few books on them. I didn't know they were rounded up and sent to the concentration camps. Know nothing about modern gypsies.

Wish I had cable, dammit! TLC has things I'd like to watch.

Sue Ellen Mishkey said...

I have some proper Irish friends and they have loads of stories about the "gyppos", so i am quite aware of how they are. Still though. Makes for great t.v.

Rita said...

The hottest gypsy ever was Johnny Depp in "The Man Who Cried". Remember when Christina Ricci was a good actress too?

MommaBear said...

This is kind of exciting. I watched the whole UK series on TLC. I was trapped somewhere between abject horror and utter fascination. It is a wild and crazy train wreck of a program that you just can't look away from, let alone change the channel. Wonder if the US version will live up to the original?

RocketQueen said...

@bits of moxy - you're not wrong. The girls are often finished with school by 16 and expected to get married very young and assume wifely and motherly duties right away.

working socialite said...

It's actually not a terrible show, but you are right about them really stretching very little footage out. It'd be good to see new episodes.

Fawn Neun said...

The Irish Travellers live a miserable life of little education, poor health care, and average death expectancy at about 42 years old.

It's a pathetic life.

captivagrl said...

I'd rather have another season of "The Riches".

Sherry said...

I have never seen the Riches as others have suggested here but I would think A) Anything is better than reality TV and B) Eddie and Minnie are prolly freakin' terrific.

kerri said...

I'm good with the giant boob ad, but the 'don't die along' just plain pisses me off.

Sherry said...

I love this show and will definitely watch the US version. Yay!

K said...

Bigger dresses, bigger scars on the hips from having to walk in them, bigger hair and bigger back aches. Should be amazing. Bring it on so we can watch in UK!

Lelaina Pierce said...

@captivagrl - Oooh, me too! Loved that show!

My sister and I were talking about this show after you first posted about them & apparently there is a huge colony (?) of them living in SC. B/c I'm information obsessed, I was reading up on them and it's really quite fascinating how they live (at the same time horrifying).

Patricia said...

I love this show. It's their culture and way of life. Not mine to judge. I am down with their lives being shown for my entertainment. :) I just hope there is more footage because they DID use the same footage over and over and over again. Usually in the same episode too.

mynerva said...

Agreed. And they are treated disgracefully by the settled community.

Lori said...

my old neighbors were Rom gypsies. Very nice people. I remember that the grandmother used to read palms for a living.

Paisley said...

I saw a bit of the show. The scene I remember is when a group of boys and girls went to go play paintball and most of them couldn't read well enough to fill out the release form. They left school around 11/12 and didn't attend much before that because they traveled around so much. Too depressing.

Deep said...

I feel TLC has just become this dumpster of exploitation or a television version of a traveling circus.
You want midgets- got 'em.
Gigantic food creations- got 'em.
Midgets making food- check!
People with lots of kids, lots of identical kids- check and double check!!
Emotional People spending an exorbitant amount of money on a dress they will wear for just a few hour- of course and with a few spin-offs as well!

Some of the shows aren't bad, but the channel has completely abandoned any form of LEARNING, which is listed in it's name but no longer practiced.

mygeorgie said...

I used to have my cards read by a Canadian/married into Gypsy. We became friends and I learned she worked her ass off (swindling clients & 'friends'lol!), they skipped out on rent, constantly on the move, ripping everyone off.Schools were constantly phoning Social Services on them for various reasons (they didn't think it was imortant to send their kids to school) Her husband never worked a day! He skulked around & collected the money. Total opposite of those Irish gypsies & def not 'over the top' like the show. Looked like your typical Canadian.

But I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that Canadian Gypsies would be meh ;)

rachelstargirlrox said...

I love how every single comment on here is from people who simply "know of" gypsies.
As an educated English Gypsy, I can tell you that they're not all bad. The unfortunate reality is that the European and Irish Gypsies tend to give all of us a bad name.
I'm related to some of the people that will be on the American version of the show. It's going to be nuts.
I will say that most of them quit school by 6th grade, get married young, take up the family business, and commence with popping out kids. But they're not all liars and swindlers. The vast majority of the gypsies that live in my area (TX) have permanent businesses and homes.
If you guys have more questions about them, please ask. I just couldn't read all of those comments and let it be. haha