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Diatribe: Priscilla’s Big Fat American Gypsy (Arranged) Wedding On Television.

05/05/2012

Cable channel TLC, the home of intellectually stimulating drivel like Toddlers & Tiaras, 19 Kids and Counting and Sister Wives, is about to aim a little lower with My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding.  As the title suggests, this eight-episode series will feature the gypsy communities in our country and their weddings.  The first episode will focus on 14-year-old Priscilla whose parents have raised her according to their gypsy culture.

What this means, in part, is that it’s time for her to get married.  She’s been trained to be a good gypsy housewife and to serve her husband like her mother serves her father.  This poor girl, homeschooled by gypsy parents (why is this legal?) will be married off by her parents so that she can clean a different camper home.  The episode will include scenes from a party that her father hosted in hopes of finding a husband for his young daughter.

Wow …

1890 called and it wants its women back.  This medieval sort of lifestyle brings to mind images of damsels in distress and knights in shining armor … a time when all men were rulers and women were but servants and concubines.  I think this is really sad.  I see an entire community of people who are teaching their daughters that their only role in life is to care for a husband and be satisfied while he provides for her and his offspring.

Wow …

I understand, but don’t agree with, the concept of arranged marriages as is the practice of many religions and cultures but this seems different to me.   Will Priscilla go to the highest bidder?

While they seem like a harmless bunch and they all appear to be enjoying themselves, this feels to me like TLC’s attempt to engage viewers in the Jersey Shore/HousewivesOf/HillbillyHandfishin’ train-wreck-watching demographic and make some quick summer cash.  There’s a reason that they only ordered eight episodes.

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17 Comments
  1. Another bit of TV ridiculousness, and how people will do and say anything, and act like complete fools, for a chance on the tube.
    Sad, really.

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  2. Anonymous permalink

    Every sub-culture group does not want to be told they cannot do their thing.

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  3. wcdameron permalink

    And what I think about when I think of pre-arranged marriages, is what if this child is gay? Not only is it awful to be bartered and sold, but I can only imagine what it would be like if the child tried to come out. It’s barbaric.

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  4. I haven’t gotten into this show. It’s kind of odd, their culture. The women are pretty much owned by men. It’s definitely not the way I would want to live now….but I suppose if I grew up that way it would be totally different. Those dresses are over the top!

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  5. I am shocked that TLC is promoting a show that will marry off a 14 year old. Especially since we all know the person will not be another 14 year old. I can understand if it was a documentary to help teach others about their culture (although still would feel odd) .

    Crazy…..

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  6. 1890 called and it wants its women back! LOL! I’ve yet to come across this little treasure but doesn’t it feel a little like Toddler’s and Tiaras all grown up? You know I’m going to have to watch an episode of this now don’t you! HA!

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  7. I watched part of an episode in passing last week. A 17 year old girl was getting married to an 18 year old boy. They had never kissed, their first kiss should & would be at the altar according to gypsy tradition. They had met twice before, but both seemed to be excited to be getting married. I thought it was poignant when the bride said something like, all my life I’ve been told not to touch boys & next week I’ll be sharing a bed with a boy. This seems very strange to me. The women in the episode did not seem like possessions of the men to me, they seemed to have a lot of power somewhat. They were very opinionated & demanding. Don’t think I would like this lifestyle myself.

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  8. Christine permalink

    Honestly, to everyone who thinks the gypsy culture is “medieval” and thinks his or her own culture is sooo much more advanced and soo much better, you guys are just ignorant. Just because the culture is different doesn’t mean it’s worse than the US’s culture. Bigot americans all think their country is so great (which will eventually lead to chauvinism) and they look down on every other culture. They don’t know anything about other countries, and their remarks about other places are so ignorant– calling the gypsy culture medieval for example. I have heard americans ask chinese people if they have birds in China, if they have cars, and ask filipino people if they live in trees, and as well as MANY other cases that are so stupid and ignorant I won’t even bother writing them down. Respect should be given to the gypsy culture because they have such high morals. So to all the ignorant people out there– just stop. Stop thinking like your culture is so much more sophisticated and how much better your own culture is, because the truth is that it’s not. As for the writer of this, Priscilla was not forced by her parents to chose any guy. She chose him herself. Maybe you should try watching the show and understanding everything first before you write an foolish and ignorant piece.

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    • Kelly permalink

      It looked like the only guy that would have anything to do with her was her cousin… That her parents tracked down. Wait. Do I hear banjos?

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  9. HI im the actual priscilla kelly that was on the show. no were not forced to get married we just keep our eyes open for potential mates early.. yes we are raised to be house wifes not slaves.. every woman/ girl should be taught to clean and cook in my eyes. you gorjers are ignorant people. dawty

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    • Wow. Thanks for your input. I hope that you’ve found happiness as a newlywed and that the TLC program taught you as much about the rest of the world as the viewers learned about you.

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    • kristy permalink

      Hey Priscilla! How is the boy that you met at the end of your episode? Is he treating you good? He was hot :)

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    • Kelly permalink

      If you could have made it to fifth grade you would know that the plural ( more than one) of the word. “Wife” is wives.

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