SBS satire sparks ‘Big Fat’ controversy

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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.

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