Thelma’s Gypsy Girl Bridget Deadman says “show makes us look like freaks”
In an interview with the Sun’s TV Biz, Bridget Deadman, one of ten travellers who’re starring in Thelma’s Gypsy Girls, said, “Thelma wasn’t interested in teaching us anything.
“It was just a freak show which made us look violent, tarty and stupid. At times it was like being on Jeremy Kyle.”
Angry 17 year old Bridget went on, “Every stereotype there is about gypsies was pushed to the hilt, and Thelma and the camera crew seemingly ignored anything that didn’t fit that image…”
Bridget was also furious when Thelma claimed that most of the dressmaking hopefuls couldn’t read, write or tell the time.
She said, “Hearing her talk about us like that was so degrading. I got seven A grades in my GCSEs and won a college place.
“But I had to sit in a class with all of the girls learning to read and write — apparently to make up numbers for the tutor.”
Finally, Bridget said, “The crew were determined to make us look wild. The whole thing was disgusting.
“We trusted Thelma to help us learn a skill.”
In response to Bridget’s claims, a spokesperson for Channel 4 said, “The series is a fair and accurate reflection of what the programme makers experienced during filming and we refute any allegation that the show was constructed.
“The girls who stuck with Thelma’s course have said that it has been a positive and life-changing experience for them and their families.”
Have you watched the show? And if so, what’s your take on it?
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