Ana Aguila Reyes, international correspondent for the Obscene Machine, is on board with a timely posting:
From: Ana Aguila Reyes
Subject: For the Blog: The Riches
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2007 15:39:19 -0700
Hello professor, I’ve watching this new show called The Riches on FX and the main story is interesting: a family of gypsies decide to change their lives by embracing the American Dream. They go from “let’s see what life brings us today” to credit cards and mansions in a day. The characters are very complex and the cast itself is ironic. The cast features the father as a “half-breed,”who was not born into the gypsy life but later “converted.” It’s interesting to see the term half-breed used again after watching Touch of Evil. Here it is use in the same offensive way to distinguish people. For this family anyone who is not a like them is a buffer, that is, anyone who goes to school and buys stuff. Here’s some of the dialogue from the show:
Father: We’re going to enroll you kids in school.
Mother: Would you stop scaring them.
Father: I’m serious.
Daughter: Dad, come on. School? Who wants to learn a bunch of buffer bullshit?
Father: School is the cornerstone of buffer society where you learn important buffer things.
Mother: It’s going to kill their tiny minds.
Father: No. I when to school till seventh grade. Didn’t kill my mind.
Mother: Oh, you’re a half-breed.
The family gets more complex with their youngest boy who likes to dress-up as a girl. And here’s one of the two ironies in the show, the father played by Eddie Izzard is in real life a cross-dresser. He is the executive producer as well, so I’m guessing he has a bit of influence on the show. The other Irony of the show is that they’ve got British nationals (Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver) in the lead roles going for the American dream. Not that couldn’t happen, but it just adds another layer to this already complex and weird drama of representing something you're not.