Shame on you, MTV, say the Greek-Americans

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“Growing up Greek ” is a gross misrepresentation of what it means to Grow up Greek.  What makes us Greek is PRIDE. Pride for our faith, family and each other.  This show lessens us to look like Jersey Shore!  We have worked hard to not have that stereotype.  We are an ethnicity strong in family and Orthodoxy, says Hellas.Frappe.blogspot . This show is NOT who we are and we are embarrassed.

Watch sneak peek by clicking HERE

“Growing Up Greek” is being accused by many expatriates as showing a shallow, over popularized and defamatory side of the Greek American Community.

MTV’s reality show Growing Up Greek has garnered the attention of the Greeks in the US before it has even gone live! The “extreme” character and the parallels with the controversial – but popular – Jersey Shore, have led to an electronic signature collection for the cancellation of the project! On their part, supporters believe that it shows a side of Greek-American Diaspora and advise the public to see it,

     “Please do not do it. I saw the trailer and it’s a shame. It does not represent us!”.

The social media dialogue with hundreds of people involved is be unstoppable … and in some cases … beyond curteous.

Expatriates who commented on the trailer have expressed intense dissatisfaction with the content, believing the Greek American community is being discredited posted Hellas.frappe.blogspot

Please click here to be directed to the petition: www.change.org

 

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“MTV, apparently not satisfied with turning Italian-Americans into a national joke, is now launching a stereotype-laden “reality show” about Greek-Americans called “Growing Up Greek.”

The show is so far only a single episode, but it’s likely the secret nascence of an entire series IMHO.

“Growing Up Greek” is set in the very-Greek Florida city of Tarpon Springs. Here’s MTV’s description of the place, and show:

“[A]n idyllic and picturesque all-Greek town, where everyone is either dating, related, or brawling each other. Family means everything here; even the overbearing parents and grandparents can get outrageous and festive.”

Those funny Greeks! They’re in-bred, violent, and their parents and grandparents are overbearing bullies (presumably because they’re in-bred and violent too.)

And, according to the promo video for the series. when those loud, obnoxious Greeks aren’t setting cheese on fire, they’re breaking plates and throwing money around while dancing (something I have never seen an actual Greek ever do, other than the money thing that might happen at a weddding as a donation for the bride and groom). Oh the hilarity!

All that’s missing is some jokes about anal sex, and our last names sounding like a disease. (Aravosis? I thought you said halitosis!)

From the promo, we see that the show even has a Snooki-like charachter who, just like Snooki, is overweight and dresses in really-tight, Jersey-Shore style “I can’t believe she’s wearing that” clothes. (Snooki is a character from MTV’s reality show “Jersey Shore,” that regularly presented Italian-Americans as under-educated, oversexed, inebriated buffoons.), wrote the greekcurrent.com

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AHEPA strongly reacted , by releasing its message on December 4: “The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association is deeply concerned with the production of MTV’s latest show…”

A message from the
AHEPA Headquarters

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Contact: AHEPA Headquarters
Phone: (202) 232-6300

 AHEPA Statement on MTV’s “Growing Up Greek” Show 

 

WASHINGTON, DC – National President Phillip T. Frangos has issued the following statement on the MTV’s show “Growing Up Greek,” which premiered this week:
“The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association is deeply concerned with the production of MTV’s latest show, ‘Growing Up Greek,’ which is an unfortunate reinvention of its ‘Jersey Shore’ series.

“‘Growing Up Greek’ is a gross misrepresentation of the experience of growing up in a Greek American family and within the Greek American community. The show is problematic because it portrays characters as being representative of the Greek American community based upon negative stereotyping. If anything, the characters are more suited for an episode of The Jerry Springer Show than portraying what it is truly like to grow up Greek. In the spirit of ‘Jersey Shore,’ MTV is aiming to exploit raucous and unruly behavior for a ratings boost and the merchandizing potential that comes with it.

“The show also performs a tremendous disservice to the city in which it is set, the storied location of Tarpon Springs’ ‘Greektown.’ In July, the ‘Greektown’ district earned a special recognition as the first place in Florida listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Traditional Cultural Property thanks in large part to the hard work ethic of Greek immigrants on the sponge docks dating back to the early 1900s. Sadly, this distinction has been lost on the producers who have chosen irresponsibility to tarnish Tarpon Springs’ rich, cultural history with this distorted portrayal of its contemporary Greek American community.

“Therefore, we call on MTV to cancel the show, and we strongly urge its sponsors to withdraw their support of it. We applaud the online petition that is being circulated and encourage the community to support it as more than 5,000 individuals have already done so. However, the most effective action one can take is to simply not watch the show and to not patronize the show’s sponsors.”

Frangos added:

“Throughout the span of its history, AHEPA has served as a vital vehicle for the progressive development and emergence of American citizens of Greek heritage into every facet of society: government, business, education, and the arts. This fulfillment illustrates the promise of the American Dream and symbolizes the hard work ethic of our immigrant forbearers who labored to achieve that dream with the principles of Hellenism rooted deep in their hearts. This is the reality of the Greek American experience.

“As American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, we are proud of the contributions the ancient Greeks gifted to Western Civilization. As Americans, we share many of the values put forth by them: civic responsibility, philanthropy, education, family and individual excellence, and the ideals of democracy. This is the essence of our heritage. This is what it means to ‘grow up Greek.'”

Founded in 1922 in Atlanta, Georgia, to protect individuals from the evils of bigotry and discrimination, AHEPA is the largest and oldest grassroots association of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes with more than 400 chapters across the United States, Canada, and Europe. The mission of AHEPA is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence through community service and volunteerism.
For more information about AHEPA, please visit ahepa.org or contact AHEPA Headquarters, 202-232-6300.
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