Evgenia Obraztsova in a Swan Lake rehearsal.
This is looped beautifully
PLEASE stop using the word ‘gypsy’ in relation to bellydance! It’s a horrendous slur that is used NOW to dehumanize and express hatred by Neo-Nazis and white supremacists against the Rromani.
“Using the word “Gypsy” is not only inaccurate but perpetuates the continuation of stereotypes that portray Roma as beggars, swindlers, and thieves; thus the phrase: “I’ve been gypped”. The romanticized image of the “Gypsy” is alive and well in song lyrics, novels, costume parties, musical groups, and other forms of cultural imagery: “They are exotic women in colorful skirts, dancing in sensual swirls. They are dark en with smoldering eyes. They are carefree spirits playing the tambourine.” 1 They dance by campfires, travel in caravans, tell fortunes with crystal balls or Tarot cards.
But as VOR president Sani Rifati writes:
“I won’t play you a sad song on my violin. I do not have a bandana. I do not have a golden tooth. I do not have long hair or a golden hoop in my ear. I am just trying to speak up for my people:
- to tell you about their suffering and the persecution they’ve endured throughout the centuries
- to ask you to fight against ignorance, prejudice and stereotypes
Simply put, as a place to start: please call me Rom.”