Needless to say, as a Romani American, I am disgusted with Cirque Du Soleil’s blatant misappropriation of my people and our culture. What they claim is a celebration of nomadic life is actually an insult to a race that has suffered years and years of persecution (hence the ‘nomadic lifestyle’). Contrary to popular belief, the Romany people did not choose to move from place to place out of some invented, inherent ‘free spiritedness’ - they had no choice. They were forced out of every place and every country they went. Our “nomadic soul(s)” (as they call it) were not welcome anywhere, and still to this day have no proper homeland, and are considered Europe’s largest (and most hated) minority group. It sickens me that this kind of nonsense can be called ‘art’."
Some of my coworkers and friends got a bit mad at me when I told them that describing themselves as “Gypsies” is really offensive and racist.
“WHAT? HOW IS THAT RACIST?!”
TIME TO PUNCH EVERYONE