We’ve ignored it long enough.
It is time to confront the entertainment industry’s pathological hatred of Italians. It is one of those things that’s always been there in the background, but I never saw it for what it was until tonight.
Things have a way of becoming very clear at 2:30 am on Wednesday, when you, Captain Morgan, and Nick at Nite have nothing else to do.
These producers and directors have systematically picked the dumbest oafs ever to represent Italians on TV. Maybe you could accept Joey Tribbiani and Fabio were a coincidence… but Chachi? And are we to believe that John Travolta and his chin were just cast at random?
Obviously this is a well-thought-out campaign, created to incite hatred toward a whole ethnicity of people. What did Italy ever do to you, Hollywood?
Well, I’m not ashamed to say it, I love Italians. They’ve given us spaghetti, Leonardo da Vinci, and Armani. If that means we also have to accept Jersey Shore, then so be it. It’s still a good trade.
Only one exception – Tony Danza – rises from the heap of Hollywood stereotypes. I’m sure you agree that Tony Danza is faultless, with the exception of his catchphrase (“Aaay-oh. Oh-aaay!”). But is that any reason to condemn him to a 27-season love affair with Angela Bower?
Still need evidence? Let’s take a moment to examine this picture of the Fonz jumping the sharks on Happy Days. Jumping the shark in jean shorts, no less.