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EXCLUSIVE: Italian American Group Consult Attorneys to Sue MTV's Jersey Shore
radaronline ^ | 02.17.10

Posted on 02/17/2010 10:59:14 AM PST by Perdogg

A national American-Italian group are considering legal action against MTV over their controversial hit Jersey Shore, RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal.

UNICO (the National American-Italian Service Organization) president Andre Dimino has revealed that they have consulted attorneys because they are fed-up with MTV’s portrayal of young Italian Americans as booze-fueled hellraisers.

(Excerpt) Read more at radaronline.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: fuhgeddaboudit; joisey

1 posted on 02/17/2010 10:59:14 AM PST by Perdogg
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To: Perdogg

In response to these wretched stereotypes, UNICO is demanding a lifetime supply of spray-on tan and hairspray as repayment for the insult.


2 posted on 02/17/2010 11:00:56 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Perdogg

I can’t wait to hear what law is being broken — should be a doozy. It should also be thrown out of court.


3 posted on 02/17/2010 11:01:24 AM PST by USNA74
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To: Perdogg

I dont get it. What law is being broken?

White guys are portrayed as idiots on TV all day long.


4 posted on 02/17/2010 11:01:31 AM PST by freespirited (Congratulations Senator Brown. One down, 59 to go.)
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To: Perdogg

Fogetaboutit. Crazy stunads with guido gold and capicola sandwiches.


5 posted on 02/17/2010 11:01:48 AM PST by Mengerian
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To: Perdogg

they need to shut up haven’t they heard it is alright to mock and make fun of white Christian straight males and females.

honestly they need to get wit the programme

ARF


6 posted on 02/17/2010 11:02:08 AM PST by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: Perdogg
Seriously, a lawsuit?

I'm embarrassed for them.

They look way dumber than the dopes on the show.

7 posted on 02/17/2010 11:02:51 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: al baby; Artemis Webb; Extremely Extreme Extremist; lainie; lewisglad; PennsylvaniaMom; ...
I am so tired of people being offend by everything.

When Ian Fleming wrote the original script for Thunderball, the plot was going to have an American air force officer steal a nuclear device for the mafia. His American friend told Ian that American audiences would recoil at a traitorous Airman and that italians would be offended at the mafia reference. Ian removed the reference to the airman but left the mafia in and said, if italians are offended over the mafia then maybe they should do something about it.

8 posted on 02/17/2010 11:02:51 AM PST by Perdogg ("Is that a bomb in your pants, or are you excited to come to America?")
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To: Perdogg

I just don’t understand how they got the lead singer of Depeche Mode to be in that show...lol


9 posted on 02/17/2010 11:03:01 AM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: Perdogg

It seems well-intended, but as stupid as the show must be.


10 posted on 02/17/2010 11:03:24 AM PST by ConservativeMind (Hypocrisy: "Animal rightists" who eat meat & pen up pets while accusing hog farmers of cruelty.)
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To: ConservativeMind

Don’t you think snookie is hot? ;)


11 posted on 02/17/2010 11:04:24 AM PST by Perdogg ("Is that a bomb in your pants, or are you excited to come to America?")
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To: Perdogg

As an American of Italian ancestry, I don’t think MTV is exploiting The Jersey Shore gang because they are Italian.

I think they are being exploited because they are gullible idiots. That quality knows no ethnic boundary! :-)


12 posted on 02/17/2010 11:04:28 AM PST by Ted Grant
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To: Perdogg

13 posted on 02/17/2010 11:04:30 AM PST by egannacht (Inalienable rights granted by...)
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To: Perdogg

Many of the puns I would like to make would get me banned.

It does seem greatly ironic that MTV can publish Black violent rap movies with impunity, but if MTV wants to let young, well, Irish-Americans in on the “fun” then they end up rousing Irish tempers. You’d think the black community would tire of this schtick some day.


14 posted on 02/17/2010 11:06:31 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Mengerian

Does anyone else remember the “Santo Gold” infomercials?


15 posted on 02/17/2010 11:06:47 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Perdogg

“Initially, the villains were the Russians, but after the first draft the villains became the Mafia,[4] which had become topical following the Apalachin Meeting. Finally the villains became the terrorist organisation SPECTRE.”

Wikipedia.com


16 posted on 02/17/2010 11:08:15 AM PST by ColdWater ("The theory of evolution really has no bearing on what I'm trying to accomplish with FR anyway. ")
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To: Ted Grant
As an American of Italian ancestry, I don’t think MTV is exploiting The Jersey Shore gang because they are Italian.

I grew up in North Jersey and used to hitch hike down the shore in highschool, crashing on the Seaside Heights beach.

The guidos were everywhere. And they were predominantly, but by no means, exclusively Italian. I knew plenty of Greek, Jewish, hispanic, Irish and mid-eastern guidos. Seriously, you wouldn't believe how many mid-eastern guidos there are. I remember the Haboush brothers with their matching IROCs!

It's all about the hair gel, the cheesy cars, the dumb accent and the stupid clothes. Oh, and you have to be an idiot in every way, or you're out of the club.

17 posted on 02/17/2010 11:10:48 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: ColdWater

Yes, but according to the “Battle for Bond” Ian Fleming was obsessed with the Mafia according to Ian’s friend Ernest Cuneo. In fact the novel Thunderball has the nuclear weapons being stolen by Giusseppe Petuchi who assign to Italy’s NATO contigent.


18 posted on 02/17/2010 11:13:44 AM PST by Perdogg ("Is that a bomb in your pants, or are you excited to come to America?")
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To: Perdogg
...they are fed-up with MTV’s portrayal of young Italian Americans as booze-fueled hellraisers.


19 posted on 02/17/2010 11:17:30 AM PST by Albion Wilde (Liberals love the poor so much they came up w/ a plan to create millions more of them. - Ann Coulter)
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To: Mengerian
...capicola sandwiches.

That would be "gabbagool' sanwishiz", cafon'...

20 posted on 02/17/2010 11:19:21 AM PST by Albion Wilde (Liberals love the poor so much they came up w/ a plan to create millions more of them. - Ann Coulter)
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To: dead

I agree. I know several people like the folks on Jersey Shore. They’re perfectly real. There’s nothing uniquely or essentially ‘Italian’ about it, though.

These Jersey Shore folks are being exploited, sure, but it’s because they are idiots.

I’ve said for years that these ‘reality shows’ (that aren’t very real at all) are the modern evolution of Carnival sideshows. Modern sensibilities prevent promoters from exploiting deformed people as ‘freaks,’ but these types of shows have the same basic sense of spectacle and promotion that old time freak shows.


21 posted on 02/17/2010 11:22:24 AM PST by Ted Grant
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To: Albion Wilde
Gino, Carmine, Angelo, and Vito are taking the 1979 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham uptown for that thing tonight.

Nicky, Giuseppe, and Carlo have a sit down with Moe Greene at the Tropicana; they're getting take-out from the Vannelli brothers.

22 posted on 02/17/2010 11:30:39 AM PST by Mengerian
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To: Albion Wilde
That would be "gabbagool' sanwishiz", cafon'...

I understood that perfectly, LOL! Speaking of which, the CIC and VP are "cafons" of the first order.

23 posted on 02/17/2010 11:31:06 AM PST by mancini
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To: Perdogg

Idiots,,, if you don’t like freedom of speech go back to italy. This is like indians thinking they magically get the right to dictate who says what about indians. If i want to name my team the “wild indians”,,that my right. Same with the italians and anybody else.

They are free to produce a show showing us how italian youths really act like little tee-totalling saints. Get busy boys,,,,


24 posted on 02/17/2010 11:34:15 AM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn the title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: Albion Wilde

cafon - 1 definition - a stupid, red-neck hick who doesn’t know any better. A backward person with no social skills, manners


25 posted on 02/17/2010 11:37:20 AM PST by Mengerian
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To: Perdogg
...fed-up with MTV’s portrayal of young Italian Americans as booze-fueled hellraisers.

Since this is a "reality show", how is this a "portrayal"? They are just filming people who are being themeselves without a script...

26 posted on 02/17/2010 11:39:22 AM PST by SunStar (Democrats piss me off!)
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To: Perdogg
UNICO (the National American-Italian Service Organization) president Andre Dimino has revealed that they have consulted attorneys because they are fed-up with MTV’s portrayal of young Italian Americans

Did they also sue the producers of The Sopranos? If not, why not?

I had NO idea that being fed-up was a reason to sue.

America, get some tougher skin, for God'sake.

27 posted on 02/17/2010 11:44:33 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Puppage

No kidding. Following their logic, they should also sue the producers and directors of:

The Godfather
Goodfellas
Donnie Brasco
Casino
A Bronx Tale
The Last Don
The Untouchables


28 posted on 02/17/2010 11:53:31 AM PST by Mengerian
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To: Perdogg

This may explain the recent stories claiming the Jersey Shore clowns are not all Italian.


29 posted on 02/17/2010 12:00:36 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Perdogg

I have been to Seaside Heights, NJ a million times...They need to face facts...Guido’s and Guidettes are real. If this Italian club wants to start changing the stereotype they should start at their own dinner tables.


30 posted on 02/17/2010 12:15:18 PM PST by OL Hickory (Jesus and the American soldier-1 died for your soul/1 died for your freedom)
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To: Perdogg

They need to get over it and stop being so thin-(olive)-skinned. There are more things to get worked up about then the way goumba’s are portrayed on TV.


31 posted on 02/17/2010 12:50:38 PM PST by Spaghetti Man (Nobama)
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To: Clemenza

I’m sure you saw this already... gee whiz.


32 posted on 02/18/2010 1:22:00 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Perdogg

It’s kind of cool to see the ultraliberal MTV being hit for being intolerant. Otherwise, they should do what I do and just never tune in. Me? I’ll be watching Cake Boss.


33 posted on 02/18/2010 1:28:13 AM PST by Rastus
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To: egannacht

34 posted on 02/18/2010 1:28:59 AM PST by Rastus
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Need to get a life. Actually, the state of NJ division of tourism should be suing as only ONE of the people on this STUPID show are even FROM New Jersey.


35 posted on 02/18/2010 6:34:16 AM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: Mengerian; mancini; Twink
cafon - 1 definition - a stupid, red-neck hick who doesn’t know any better. A backward person with no social skills, manners

The terms "red-neck" and "hick" are out of place. "Cafone" is an Italian expression chiefly used by people who live in italian-ethnic American communities that sprang up after the turn of the prior century, i.e. the 1900s. I have heard Italian-descended residents of Philadelphia's Italian Market area use it to mean someone "who just came off the boat" [from poverty-striken rural Italy].

So the "naive, stupid, uneducated" or "rural" aspects of the definition do apply, as well as an overtone of "does not yet know how to act in America", but Italian peasants have never been known by the terms "red-neck" or "hick."

"Red-neck" and "hick originated in the American South of a much earlier time, 1840 and before, when Scots-Irish people from Ulster migrated to America, according to historian Arthur Herman in How the Scots Invented the Modern World. "Red-neck" was a term of anti-Presbyterian mockery used by wealthy English-descended cotton plantation owners, who were Anglicans and were also the power elite of the colonies and pre-Civil War America. Presbyterian pastors wore a red collar to distinguish themselves from Anglican priests; hence the term "red-neck." That term later became generalized to apply to any Scots-Irish or white-skinned (easily sunburned) farm laborer in the south who was neither wealthy nor upper-class (i.e. English-descended).

"Hick" is also an expression from the Anglo-Celt American South of an earlier time, not associated with Italians, or particularly the Italians who arrived on boats to the major port cities of New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore at the turn of the 20th century and set up "Little Italy" conclaves in those cities.

Second- and third-generation Italian-Americans of the 1940s through 1990s who continued to live in urban Italian enclaves used the term "cafone" to try to set themselves apart as more knowlegeable and more Americanized. Many forbade their children to speak Italian, referring to it as "greaseball" language. They wanted to fit in and become recognized as fully American in a culture that whose elites were then Anglo-Saxon and whose ruling class within their Catholic churches were the waves of Irish immigrants who had preceded them. One of the indignant expressions I heard frequently in Philadelphia's Italian Market was "I was born and raised here!" in any dispute over customs, behavior, territory or rights within the community.

36 posted on 02/18/2010 9:25:32 AM PST by Albion Wilde (Liberals love the poor so much they came up w/ a plan to create millions more of them. - Ann Coulter)
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To: Albion Wilde

Awesome information. You must be in academia or some well-read Ph.D. (I am neither!)


37 posted on 02/18/2010 9:32:20 AM PST by Mengerian
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To: Mengerian

Just a master’s. But I do read all the time. I spent whatever I had educating all the men in my family.


38 posted on 02/18/2010 9:42:45 AM PST by Albion Wilde (Liberals love the poor so much they came up w/ a plan to create millions more of them. - Ann Coulter)
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To: Albion Wilde

Thanks for the primer! In our family, the use of the word cafon was used primarily for people who acted in ways unbecoming, which gave us great practice for describing the current administration.


39 posted on 02/18/2010 10:27:24 AM PST by mancini
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To: mancini
In our family, the use of the word cafon was used primarily for people who acted in ways unbecoming, which gave us great practice for describing the current administration.

It's apt! Compared to Washington, they are straight off the Chicago turnip truck.

40 posted on 02/19/2010 7:54:33 AM PST by Albion Wilde (Liberals love the poor so much they came up w/ a plan to create millions more of them. - Ann Coulter)
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To: Albion Wilde

LOL! Yes, it would ;)


41 posted on 02/20/2010 5:22:22 PM PST by Twink
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To: Albion Wilde; incredulous joe

Thanks for the ping :)

Great post, Albion Wilde.

South Philly, Wildwood, Margate (and other Shore Points). Oh the memories.

We watched the show. Snookie and her poof, Pauly D and his blow out, lol.


42 posted on 02/20/2010 5:59:29 PM PST by Twink
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To: Twink
We watched the show. Snookie and her poof, Pauly D and his blow out, lol.

I'm sorry to say I have missed it so far. I do hope to catch some re-runs and see what all the controversy is about.

I agree that many Italian-American kids who never leave the neighborhood can be adversely influenced by media stereotypes -- which seem to focus only on the small percentage of Italian-Americans who are criminals or "guidos."

The far larger percentage talian-Americans are hard-working people, mostly Catholic or Christian in their social morality, strong, earthy, artistic, enthusiastic and fun-loving, who make (and have always made) a great contribution to America in every walk of life.

43 posted on 02/21/2010 5:22:29 PM PST by Albion Wilde (Liberals love the poor so much they came up w/ a plan to create millions more of them. - Ann Coulter)
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