The U.K government has been heavily criticised for wasting tax-payers' money on a magazine which claimed that Elvis Presley was a gypsy. Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month magazine also suggests that Presley's ancestors were Sinti - German gypsies who emigrated to America in the 18th century. The publication - for school pupils - also claims that film legends Charlie Chaplin and Rita Hayworth came from gypsy backgrounds.
The magazine was given a $140,000 (£70,000) grant by the British government . But Schools Minister Lord Adonis has been criticised over the "politically correct" initiative. Member of Parliament Philip Davies says, "This is a grotesque abuse of taxpayers' money. When families are struggling to pay their bills, for the Government to fund this magazine which speaks garbage is just another kick in the teeth." The Department of Children, Schools and Families said the magazine was designed to increase understanding of travellers' cultural heritage. A spokesman said: "It is not true that Andrew Adonis has approved or endorsed the distribution to schools of Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month magazine. "The department provided £70,000 of funding to the gypsy, Roma and traveller community. The aim was to produce material and events across the country to celebrate the culture of the gypsy, Roma and traveller community."
Source: Google / Updated: Jul 12, 2008