One of the purest examples of pride and patriotism was on full view for the millions of worldwide viewers of Super Bowl LVII. Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Nick Sirianni's passionate reaction was a sight to behold as tears streamed down his face during our National Anthem. They say that Italian Americans are a passionate and emotional people - Coach Sirianni certainly proved that last night! As we saw his raw emotions it was obvious that this was an incredibly special moment for him, as well as for all of us. And, although his team did not win, he won our hearts as a great example of an accomplished, passionate, proud and patriotic Italian American.
Super Bowl LVII was historic for many reasons, but that brief but notable moment coupled with his outstanding career accomplishments, made an important statement.
Italian Americans are portrayed in a stereotypical manner in the media, being mostly depicted as mobsters, mafiosi, bimbos or buffoons. This reinforces negative and harmful perceptions about Italian Americans and perpetuates discrimination. But Sirianni's expression of passion and pride as well as bringing his team to the Super Bowl, challenges these harmful stereotypes and demonstrates that Italian Americans can excel in various fields and industries.
It's important for diverse communities to be represented in all aspects of society, including sports. This representation not only helps challenge harmful stereotypes but also inspires young people from underrepresented communities to pursue their dreams and see themselves in successful individuals.
Nick Sirianni's appearance in the Super Bowl, as an Italian American head coach, is a step forward in promoting positive representation and breaking down harmful stereotypes. The Italian American community should celebrate his achievement and continue to strive for representation in all industries. And although his Eagles didn't win, he surely won the hearts of everyone!
Italian Americans have long been subject to negative stereotypes in media, dating back to the early days of cinema. These stereotypes, which often depict Italian Americans as mobsters, mafiosos, bimbos and buffoons, have had a damaging impact on the perception of Italian Americans and the way they are treated in society.
Research has shown that exposure to media representations can have real-world consequences – perception becomes reality!
Furthermore, these stereotypes reinforce harmful gender and racial biases. For example, Italian American women are often portrayed as passive and submissive, while Italian American men are depicted as aggressive and macho. These representations perpetuate harmful cultural norms and reinforce oppressive power structures.
Media should take steps to accurately and respectfully represent Italian Americans in their content. This includes avoiding harmful stereotypes and ensuring that Italian Americans are portrayed as fully realized human beings with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. By doing so, media producers can help to reduce prejudice and discrimination against Italian Americans and create a more inclusive and equitable media landscape for all.
IAOVC is dedicated to opposing Italian American stereotypes in media and has a successful and long record of defending Italian American heritage and culture. Join us and help us in our mission!
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