|Posted by moodhacker on December 8, 2014 at 12:45 AM|
"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."
“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
https://www.change.org/p/boycott-show-growing-up-greek-on-mtv-cancel-the-show-or-rewrite-it-with-true-representation?recruiter=188595661&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_term=des-lg-no_src-reason_msg" target="_blank">Please click here to be directed to the petition: www.change.org
AHEPA also answered in a furious way, calling MTV to cancel the show
"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
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."
"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.'"
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