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AHEPA Statement on MTV's "Growing Up Greek" Show
Supreme President Phillip T. Frangos
issued the following statement
on the MTV's show "Growing Up
Greek," which premiered the week of
December 1, 2014:
"The American Hellenic Educational
Progressive Association is deeply concerned with the production of MTV's
latest show, 'Growing Up Greek,' which
is an unfortunate reinvention of its
'Jersey Shore' series.
"'Growing Up Greek' is a gross misrepresentation of the experience of
growing up in a Greek American family and within the Greek American
community. The show is problematic
because it portrays characters as being
representative of the Greek American
community based upon negative stereotyping. If anything, the characters are
more suited for an episode of The Jerry
Springer Show than portraying what it
is truly like to grow up Greek. In the
spirit of 'Jersey Shore,' MTV is aiming to
exploit raucous and unruly behavior for
a ratings boost and the merchandizing
potential that comes with it.

"The show also performs a tremendous disservice to the city in
which it is set, the storied location of
Tarpon Springs' 'Greektown.' In July,
the 'Greektown' district earned a special recognition as the first place in
Florida listed on the National Register
of Historic Places as a Traditional
Cultural Property thanks in large part
to the hard work ethic of Greek immigrants on the sponge docks dating
back to the early 1900s. Sadly, this distinction has been lost on the producers
who have chosen irresponsibility to
tarnish Tarpon Springs' rich, cultural
history with this distorted portrayal
of its contemporary Greek American
"Therefore, we call on MTV to cancel the show, and we strongly urge its
sponsors to withdraw their support of
it. We applaud the online petition that
is being circulated and encourage the
community to support it as more than
5,000 individuals have already done
so. However, the most effective action
one can take is to simply not watch the

show and to not patronize the show's
Frangos added:
"Throughout the span of its history,
AHEPA has served as a vital vehicle
for the progressive development and
emergence of American citizens of
Greek heritage into every facet of society: government, business, education,
and the arts. This fulfillment illustrates
the promise of the American Dream
and symbolizes the hard work ethic of
our immigrant forbearers who labored
to achieve that dream with the principles of Hellenism rooted deep in their
hearts. This is the reality of the Greek
American experience.
"As American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, we are proud of the
contributions the ancient Greeks gifted
to Western Civilization. As Americans,
we share many of the values put forth
by them: civic responsibility, philanthropy, education, family and individual
excellence, and the ideals of democracy.
This is the essence of our heritage. This is
what it means to 'grow up Greek.'"

AHEPA Family Leadership Attends Epiphany Celebrations
Supreme President Phillip Frangos visited Tarpon Springs
for Epiphany celebrations. Daughters of Penelope Grand
President Anna Helene Grossomanides and Grand Lodge
officers were also there to represent the AHEPA family.
Every year the Tarpon Springs Community of St.
Nicholas opens its doors to thousands of pilgrims flocking
to the largest gathering of its kind to witness His Eminence
Archbishop Demetrios bless the "Spring Bayou" at the
foot of Tarpon Ave.
In addition, George Washington AHEPA Chapter 16,
Tarpon Springs, hosted the 83rd Annual AHEPA Epiphany
Dinner where Supreme President Frangos addressed the
audience. AHEPA has supported this annual pilgrimage
since 1932.


THE AHEPAN · Spring 2015

Grand VP DOP Connie Pilallis, Commander Giorgos Kotsanis of Greece, GP
DOP Anna Helene Grossomanides, Consul General Klotsa of Greece, SP
Phillip Frangos, and Chris Alahouzos, candidate for Tarpon Springs mayor.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The AHEPAN - Spring 2015

President’s Message
AHEPA Family News
Saint Nicholas Campaign Off to Promising Start, Grassroots Momentum Builds
AHEPA Supreme Convention Preview
A Tale of One Hellene’s Appreciation for President Truman
Literary Corner
Commentary & Opinion
Civic Responsibility
AHEPA Family Chapter News
The AHEPAN - Spring 2015 - 1
The AHEPAN - Spring 2015 - 2
The AHEPAN - Spring 2015 - 3
The AHEPAN - Spring 2015 - President’s Message
The AHEPAN - Spring 2015 - AHEPA Family News
The AHEPAN - Spring 2015 - 6
The AHEPAN - Spring 2015 - 7
The AHEPAN - Spring 2015 - Saint Nicholas Campaign Off to Promising Start, Grassroots Momentum Builds
The AHEPAN - Spring 2015 - 9
The AHEPAN - Spring 2015 - AHEPA Supreme Convention Preview
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The AHEPAN - Spring 2015 - A Tale of One Hellene’s Appreciation for President Truman
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The AHEPAN - Spring 2015 - Education
The AHEPAN - Spring 2015 - Periclean
The AHEPAN - Spring 2015 - Commentary & Opinion
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The AHEPAN - Spring 2015 - Civic Responsibility
The AHEPAN - Spring 2015 - Housing
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The AHEPAN - Spring 2015 - Athletics
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The AHEPAN - Spring 2015 - AHEPA Family Chapter News
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