DETROIT — A local TV comedy show that was supposed to be a humorous look at Detroit neighborhoods has offended Polish-Americans who thought they were the butt of all the jokes.
"It was not only an amateurish production, but an offensive representation of our community," said Jean Szulec, national chairwoman of the anti-defamation arm of the Polish-American Congress.
Part of the problem was that the show, produced by and broadcast on WDIV-TV, was titled "Hamtramck," the name of Detroit's Polish-American enclave.
"It was not supposed to be a typical Hamtramck family; it was not supposed to be a Polish family," said station spokeswoman Eileen Wunderlich. "It was intended to be a humorous look at the diversity of Detroit neighborhoods.