The New York Times: Term of Affection? Ethnic Slur? Theater Union Decides That ‘Gypsy’ Must Go.

They are itinerant singers and dancers. Chorus members. The names below the title. But should they still be called gypsies? Actors’ Equity Association doesn’t think so. The union that represents stage performers announced this week that it would cease using the title “Gypsy Robe” to describe one of its most cherished insider rituals — the passing of a colorful patchwork garment from one chorus to another on a Broadway show’s opening night — citing the potential offense to Roma people. The action is prompting a combination of reflection and head-scratching in the tight-knit theater world. Read more