Colum Kenny: Travellers are largely to blame for their negative image
Sadly, they seem to relish making a show of themselves on both TV and the internet, writes Colum Kenny
IF Travellers want to be treated like everyone else, then they should not goad and incite one another into violence or beat one another up for power and money in front of their children.
And if they make a spectacle of themselves for television, then they can expect to be treated with less respect. Travellers may protest at the advertisements for Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, but it is their participation in the programme that is the real problem. Channel 4 parades people with unusual conditions or lifestyles in a variety of voyeuristic freak-shows. That's television.
"We're a separate ethnic group and will do what we want," seems to be the message of some Travellers. It is more a case of two fingers than two cultures. But the group is not so separate that it doesn't expect the settled community to help fund its lifestyle.