Friday, January 13, 2017
"Eyetie" for "Italian" offends some in British TV audience
EastEnders viewers were outraged on Tuesday night after Mick Carter (played by Danny Dyer) referred to Italian food with the derogatory slur, eyetie.
The term originates from World War II and originated from the mispronunciation of Italian. It is described as 'offensive British slang' on Collins Dictionary.
Taking to Twitter, stunned fans of the BBC soap voiced their anger after hearing the pub landlord use the term.
'@bbceastenders Are you kidding me? This day & age we are still referring Italians as I Ti!!??? Disgusting racist comment from EastEnders!!!' wrote one viewer.
Another added: 'Just sat there with my mouth open – Eyetie is Al Garnet language – @bbceastenders – it’s difficult to even place that term to the 70s.
One viewer believed the term was no longer offensive, however, posting: 'So some people are offended by East Enders actor calling an Italian an Eyetie !!!Is it me or do they need a life???'
The usage was probably intended to be jocular