The Australian Greens have slammed romantic comedy “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” as racist and called upon the Federal government to have it pulled from cinemas nationwide for violating the Racial Discrimination Act.
The long awaited sequel to the 2002 box office hit revolves around conflicts and tensions in a large and traditional Greek family. The Greens have said it draws heavily upon racial and ethnic stereotypes for laughs at the expense of the Greek people. In a press release they draw attention to 27 instances in which elements of Greek culture are “exaggerated, distorted, mocked and then ridiculed.”
Greens Senator Larissa Waters told The (un)Australian that she had referred the matter on to the Racial Discrimination Commissioner and had approached the Minister for the Arts, Mitch Fifield, about getting the film banned. Adding “Australia is a diverse, pluralistic and tolerant society. There is no room for mindlessly hateful and malicious content like this on our movie screens and we’ve asked the federal government to take action to have it taken down.”
Minister Fifield’s office have indicated that they have no intentions of having the movie taken down.