Tuesday, December 08, 2009

How NOT to dispel a stereotype

If you're Italian and proud of your ancestry, and detest the stereotypes too often applied to Italians, it would be a good idea NOT to make death threats against MTV producers.

"Hey, we're mad youse making a TV show about sayin' bad things 'bout us Italians. Knock it off, or we make-a you some concrete shoes and dump you in the Hudson!"

Along similar lines, my brother had a friend in college whose family once made dinner reservations with another family at a New York City restaurant, only to find the restaurant vacant when they got there. Not being part of the famous "families" of their names, they hadn't reckoned on the restauranteurs taking precautions when they got a reservation for "Gambino and Columbo."

My stereotypes of Italians, for what it's worth, are people making some seriously good food....I would guess that won't get me too many threats.


pentamom said...

There aren't even that many Italian-Americans IN central Pennsylvania!


Bike Bubba said...

And not too many Hoosiers in Indiana, PA, either! :^)

pentamom said...

At least Indiana PA can claim that there have been Indians living near it at some point. Calling a town nowhere near so much as a river "Jersey Shore" is pretty goofy even if you're nostalgic.

The great thing is that Indiana has a university. Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Just like Miami of Ohio, only more so.