Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition Calls on Sponsors of “The Godfather of Pittsburgh” to Stop Funding Series that Stereotype and Denigrate Italian Americans
The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition (“IAOVC”) has denounced A&E’s latest and most disgraceful “reality” series to date: “The Godfather of Pittsburgh,” and called on the show’s sponsors to cease and desist their sponsorship. Dr. Manny Alfano, President and Founder of IAOVC stated emphatically: “This show is a disgrace and insult to all Italian Americans. It perpetuates a negative stereotype to the worst degree possible.” He further stated “The show is without merit or any redeeming qualities; it does not represent the millions of law abiding, decent Americans of Italian descent who have every right to be proud of a rich cultural heritage and the many contributions their families have made to this country.”
Dr. Alfano and the IAOVC have also called on Italian Americans and all persons offended by this fake “reality” series that glorifies criminal behavior to contact the show’s sponsors and ask that they not perpetuate negative images of Italian Americans. “I am surprised at the stature of corporations that have their names associated with such a show; one that casts Italian Americans in such an untrue and unfair negative light. It is time to send a message that negative stereotypes against any ethnicity is not acceptable. Why do these corporations feel it is OK to promote the denigration of Italian Americans and not other ethnic groups?” asked Alfano.
The Godfather of Pittsburgh has been promoted as a series detailing the life of a “successful entrepreneur”, (admittedly through criminal activities as detailed in the opening credits). The series details the exploitation of women through strip clubs, “cash activities,” and condones violent and antisocial behavior while glorifying illegal and borderline illegal activities as a path to success. It is an insult to the millions of Italian Americans who have attained success through hard work, education and perseverance in law abiding careers. Additionally, ONE VOICE Coalition members expressed disgust at the inclusion of minor children in these abhorrent activities, as if it were acceptable. Said Board member Vikki Miragliotta, “Involving a preteen in businesses that denigrate and exploit women is repulsive and possibly a violation of laws protecting children; I hope appropriate authorities are reviewing this show and I am appalled that sponsors would condone this activity by funding a major broadcast.”
The Italian American One Voice Coalition is the largest organization dedicated solely to fighting Italian American Defamation.
For further information contact: Vikki Miragliotta @ 732-763-2001 or Dr. Manny Alfano @ 973 429-2818
Some of the Sponsors of 1st show of “The Godfather of Pittsburgh”
- Toyota, Kmart, Infiniti, Jim Beam, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Angry Orchard
- Zales, Chase, ACT Mouthwash, Dunkin Donuts, Abreva, e Harmony
- Geico, Swanson, Pro enamel, Campbell’s Soup, Angie List
- Little Caesar’s, Lysol, Ziploc,Sabra