Italic Institute of America
Untitled Document
 
Subscribe to our blog
Subscribe
 
Holocaust Report
NEW
HOLOCAUST
REPORT!
 
Christopher Columbus
WHO WAS
COLUMBUS?
 
Columbus House Banner
COLUMBUS DAY SUPPLIES
 
This Month in History
 
Galleria Italica Galleria Italica Videos
 
Bella Musica, Italians in Jazz book ORDER NOW!  
 
ATLANTICA MAGAZINE ARCHIVES (1930-1934)
 
OUR CLASSICAL ROOTS
Ara Pacis Site
 
Zinni IIA Honorees
 
Exhibit A: Examples of Media Bias
 
Film Study 2015 NEW FILM STUDY!
 
Organized Crime
 

The bigotry of 'The Sopranos'

Voice of the People, New York Daily News, June 26, 2013

James Gandolfini Stanley Crouch's equation of the late James Gandolfini with Louis Armstrong is as bizarre as it is offensive ("Satchmo, Soprano and our humanity," column, June 24). Satchmo used his musical genius to demolish racism. Gandolfini became an international star by resurrecting, reinforcing and institutionalizing a hurtful stereotype. Therein lies the secret of Tony Soprano's success: It's the bigotry, stupid. Having garnered record ratings via obscenity-laden violence, female nudity and serial misogyny, creator David Chase secured his place in the cable TV firmament by rooting his show in America's only socially acceptable prejudice anti-Italian intolerance. Where else could viewers openly delight in ethnic defamation? Shakespeare had a phrase for such puerile fare: "The engendering of toads."

Rosario A. Iaconis
Chairman
Italic Institute of America

 
 
Copyright © 2007 Italic Institute of America, P.O. Box 818, Floral Park, NY 11001     Last updated February 2017