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10 September 2006 @ 10:34 pm
Alright, at least I’m thinking about my story... And I’m still debating over whether or not I should use the term “gypsy” to describe one of my characters. I don’t know if some people might find it offensive. In my story, it’s a term I use to describe a group of people (well, animals) who live apart from society, with their own customs and beliefs. They use magic and have a shifty reputation. They’re based on typical depictions of the Roma, although they’re animals in a fictional world, so they aren’t really Roma. At this point, I kind of just want to say, “Screw it.” and call them gypsies. But, I don’t know. There’s all this contention over that term. And in my story they have this sort of negative stigma about them, so I don’t know if using that term could be seen as propagating a negative view of real “gypsies”. Or maybe I just make things too complicated. *snicker*
Rev: Ravine - reverie_shadow on September 11th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
Maybe it's because I'm not from Romania, but even if I was I don't think I'd be offended whatsoever if you used the term "gypsies" for your story. Then again, I've used quite a few offensive terms in the past, so it comes to show I don't really care much about anything.

Just my opinion, though.