February 28, 2009

Mohegan Sun at Niagara Falls?

Off Main Street:  TV appearance ...

The offbeat side of the newsThe Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel made a brief appearance in a recent episode of the popular HBO drama “Big Love.” The show, about a clandestine polygamist family living in suburban Utah, has intensified a story line in recent weeks about the family’s attempts to enter the casino business.

In a recent episode, the main character, Bill Henrickson, pitches a deal to a fictional Native American tribal leader when he shows a slide of the Seneca Niagara Casino.

“This is what they’ve done for the Mohegans,” Bill says, pointing to the Niagara Falls casino developed by the Seneca Nation of Indians.

For the record: The Senecas are an entirely different nation than the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut.
Comment:  This casino mix-up could've been a simple mistake. Or it could've been the result of a staffer's ignorance and apathy. I can just imagine him saying, "What's the difference? One casino is the same as another." Or worse, "What's the difference? One tribe is the same as another."

For more on the subject, see Indian Casino in Big Love and TV Shows Featuring Indians.


Johnny said...

Maybe the idea is to make the main character look stupid by hinting that he can't even pick up on something right in front of his face.
Does sound somewhat like an ignorant error though, but I don't know because I don't watch the series.

Rob said...

From what I've seen of Big Love, the show doesn't go for that kind of metafictional message. Therefore, I'm sticking with the "ignorant error" theory.