BUDAPEST– Hungary’s SBS-controlled commercial network TV2 is back pedalling after a comedy satire it aired on March 31 outraged one of the region’s most prominent ethnic minorities.
“My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding,” a twist on the record-breaking indie feature film and new network sitcom that explores U.S.-Greek matrimony, was denounced by National Gypsy Self-Government leaders for its depiction of the culture. In its parody, TV2 depicted a wedding filled with crime and vice, playing on nearly every anti-Gypsy prejudice in circulation.
Angry Romany leaders have demanded a meeting with TV2 chairman Dezso Pinter. Hungarian regulatory body, the ORTT, criticized the program the day after it aired.