Gypsies are a fairy tale character to most people and to those who actually acknowledge their existence in the real world often identify their false fairy tale stereotypes. The most common stereotype would be linking criminality and theft with the Romani culture. This false portrayal of gypsies are mainly kept alive by the Media. One major movie that portrays this belief is “Big Fat Gypsy Gangster”. As you can tell by the name their is a definite link between criminality and Gypsy’s. The second major stereotype is masculinity and violence which the movie portrays in excess. The scene I included was from the trailer, as you can see the trailer shows a masculine violent gypsy criminal who has been released from prison after 16 years. The clip portrays him as an underground street fighter with a craving for violence crime and guns.
This movie depicts and enforces the false stereo type of hyper masculinity. In the documentary “Tough Guise”, main stream media supports portrays men as tough, strong, independent and respect. There is also a direct correlation between men and violence. As the documentary goes on to mention, statistically, men are more likely to commit murder, assault, domestic violence, dating, child sexual abuse and rape. In the movie “Big fat Gypsy gangster” it portrays almost all of these stereotypes. This stereo type holds true in our American society today. In Dr. Ian Hancock’s “Gypsy Mafia, Romani Saints: The Racial Profiling of Romani Americans”, it states many unconstitutional laws and provisions; Pennsylvania deems it illegal in simply being a Romani without a license. In many other states Gypsies are required to pay fees for simply being gypsies. The issue here is that we have a society that portrays violence as a social norm for men. This only further increases crime and violence in society.