LEFTIE Channel Four has been accused of racism and bigotry after the network aired a controversial documentary on the Gypsy and Travelling community and now a brave member of the closed community has spoken out after feeling powerless against the biased mainstream media.
On Thursday night the supposedly tolerant and inclusive broadcaster aired – ‘DISPATCHES – The Truth About Traveller Crime’, that tarred a whole traveller race with the same brush.
The documentary was branded offensive and xenophobic by members of the travelling community across Britain and other viewers.
The programme was directed by a telly bigwig who had previously tweeted offensive and racist remarks about the travelling community.
One campaign group said the show was “putting the whole of the Traveller community on trial for the actions of a minority.”
One gypsy viewer decided to refrain from playing into the hands of the mainstream media and sent an eloquent open letter to Politicalite aimed at Channel 4 producers.
Rhiannon Bryan from Leicester spoke to Politicalite and said: “I’m an English traveller absolutely disgusted in not only channel 4’s programme tonight but also at the response of extremely racist individuals online.”
In an open letter to Channel 4 the young Gypsy had a message to show producers.
“Dear Channel 4,
Why didn’t you make a show about the charitable work of the travellers to the food banks at Christmas?“
“Why don’t you talk about the travellers that are currently taking masters degrees in top universities?
Why don’t you focus a show on our positive role models in sport? or Our rich musical traditions?
Why do you want to put the spotlight on the minority?
Please answer these questions oh yeah and while your at it please tell me what idiot thought it was a good idea to call the show “The Truth about Traveller Crime”?”
The idea for the show’s title could’ve come from anti-Gypsy director Sharon Ward.
Ward – a top telly director has also worked on BBC Stacey Dooley programmes and won “Best Popular Factual Documentary,” at the One World Media Awards.
In 2011, Sharon tweeted anti-Gypsy hate online in comments unearthed by Politicalite and social media users.
In one rant the Channel 4 director appeared to brand members of the travelling community “nuggets” tweeting “Looking forward to seeing what nuggets @C4Dispatches comes up with tonight in. the Dale Farm eviction….”
In another racist rant she said: “Should I be worried that all the travellers seem to have the surname of Ward??!” appearing to mock Gypsy surnames.
In another post, Sharon Ward again mocked Irish surnames tweeting: “The Wards are all together!! & we’re not all Travellers.”
One Twitter user slammed the Channel 4 director tweeting: “I just cannot believe in the year 2020 @Channel4 are doing a documentary titled “the truth about traveller crime” directed by a woman who has tweeted racism against Travellers.”
“This documentary focuses on a small group of our community yet we will all suffer from the racism.”
The Equality Act 2010 defines Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers as ethnic groups, meaning they’re legally protected against race discrimination.
Legally, race discrimination is defined as unfair treatment because of one of the following things: colour, nationality, national origin or ethnic origin
Channel 4 has not yet responded to requests for comment.