I was prepared for Victorian style bear baiting when I switched on to Channel 4’s Big Fat Gypsy weddings, not from the titular Gypsies but from the programme makers. There was much to find humour in; the massively disproportionate dresses, the notion that the dresses weighed more than the wearer, although the crude ‘custom’ of grabbing, where the boy who has an interest, physically grabs a girl who takes his fancy with the intention of stealing a kiss under duress, is a concern. The over the top weddings and holy communions where on show in all their glory as were the gatherings and occasions of mingling.
Yes it was funny, but more laughing with than laughing at for me. The over the top clothes were put in context when we found out that a brother and sisters communion outfits were inspired by the Eddie Murphy movie Coming to
. Ideas of style and decorum may have differed but toeach their own I say. The sheer scale of the girls’ dresses bought to mind the Expo Centre of the 70s. America
Their world seemed to have fixed ideas about gender and expectation and though one couldn’t help but wonder if the young people we saw would like more freedom, I felt that as a way of life it had the same sort of restrictions that other cultures have.
I look forward to seeing how the series pans out as we find out more about this community.
Links to programmehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CltZaG67NVY