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1:33 pm, May 25th, 2013
An Italian-American group is denouncing “Nicky Deuce,” a Nickelodeon movie set to air on Monday, claiming it plays up “hurtful” stereotypes of Italian-Americans as gangsters and criminals.
“Nicky Deuce” stars Noah Munck of “iCarly” as an ordinary teenager who transforms into a mini-mobster when he goes to stay with his uncle in Brooklyn (watch the trailer below).
The movie includes several actors from “The Sopranos” and mafia-related themes.
Now the advocacy organization Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition is slamming Nickelodeon for “irresponsible” broadcasting, calling on parents to boycott “Nicky Deuce.”
“These trash-television purveyors now want to brainwash a new generation with this insidious and hurtful stereotype of Italian Americans,” said the group’s president Manny Alfano. “We are appealing to all parents – please, don’t let your children watch this garbage.”
Calling “Nicky Deuce” “gutter television,” Alfano added, ”It is beyond reprehensible that a children’s network like Nickelodeon would so grossly abdicate any semblance of corporate responsibility and target young children with a racist, stereotypical movie on Italian Americans.”
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