Stereotype is Offensive
Letter to The New Orleans Picayune,
February 26, 2007
We can't help but note the sad irony of having James Gandolfini,
the star of an adult-themed cable TV show,
being selected to lead the Bacchus parade this year
with the theme, "Through the Eyes of a Child."
If children ever watched Mr. Gandolfini's show, "The Sopranos,"
what they would see and hear are the following:
four-letter words, crude sex acts, thievery,
beatings, murders, misogyny, drug-dealing and racism.
And, of course,
the entire show is wrapped around the racist image of the slobby,
degraded Italian-American male,
a role which fits Gandolfini to a (cut-off) tee.
The people of New Orleans--adults and children alike--certainly deserve better.
Bill Dal Cerro
National Vice President
Italic Institute of America