I'm telling you right now, Italians will not see this in the same negative light as many Italian Americans here who feel they're being portrayed by a bunch of degenerates. Instead, the Italians will view them as Americans and if you've been to Italy, you know that Italians love Americans. Most of them anyway. They love everything about America, which includes mainstream television and shows that are broadcast on MTV.
I mentioned in a previous post about this, that I don't think this show is about being Italian American, its more about an American culture or actually a tri-state culture. The guido culture is a real thing in New Jersey, so for those people who are in denial about it, its time to accept it because its now on television. Granted, we have to maintain some kind of boundary on the language and references to Italian Americans, because not all American sub-cultures are the same or the people within them.
Here is a recent article in People magazine with the recent pictures of the cast in Italy upon arrival. Should be interesting to see how this pans out and which Italian American organizations raise hell about it.
I am Italian born and raised. Didn't come here till I was in my late twenties. I record in Italy and I think I have a pretty good feel of both cultures having been in the music business for 40 years, now.
I agree with you that Italians, for the most part, love Americans and everything that is part of its culture. Unfortunately this is the first show that has generated Italian concern, evidenced by the many refusals of permits the show has garnered.
I believe the authorities have some valid concerns, although the populace may think otherwise. We'll have to wait and see. But, hey, even Madonna raised the ire of the Pope!
Great comment Gino, thank you for reading and giving us your thoughts.
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