The Word Hey ‘Don Jon,’ #thatsracist, says Italian-American group

Don Jon racist

When I first saw this HuffPo article title “Italian American Watchdog Group Accuses ‘Don Jon,’ Joseph Gordon-Levitt Of ‘Racist Stereotypes’” I initially read it as “rapist stereotypes.”

And my interest was immediately piqued. (Cue the angry reader letters explaining to me that rape is not a joking matter. I know! Just hear me out.)

My interest was piqued because “Don Jon” is a movie about a dude who’s so addicted to porn that he can’t maintain a normal sexual relationship, and I was eager to read about the parallels this group of watchdogs had drawn between zambonis who watch a lot of porn and rapists. (Ha ha ha see what I did there? “Zamboni” is a racially stereotypical name. Cue the angry reader letters explaining that one to me. My last name is Cavallo, btw, just saying.)

Anyway, this coalition — who also called for boycotts of “The Jersey Shore” when that was a Thing — do not like the way that Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrays the Italian-American, Jersey-based characters in his new movie. But, I mean, come on. One, that’s what they are — characters. And two, I mean, come on, people like that do exist, and what of it? I grew up on Long Island, trust me.

That all said, I’m more concerned with the terrible Jersey accent Scarlett Johansson is working with in the film’s previews. Someone should take her to task for that, no? (Cue the angry letters from ScarJo fans.)

For the record, I condone the boycotting of “The Jersey Shore.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

'Barack Obama cheats on Michelle' claims Japanese politician…

A senior Japanese politician has marred Barack Obama's official visit to Tokyo with bizarre claims that the President cheats on his wife Michelle. Kazuyuki Hamada,…

International

British Royal family devastated by freak NY death…

The British royals have been left devastated by the death of Mark Shand, younger brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, after a freak fall in…

Local

DA: Homeless man severely beat by men in…

Two former college football players pleaded not guilty to the alleged severe beating of a homeless man in Allston earlier this year.

National

Hamas, Abbas's PLO announce reconciliation agreement

The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed on Wednesday to a unity pact.

Television

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ recap: Episode 9

It was only an hour-long episode, but there's a lot to cover this week. The drama of Survivor strikes again as the identity of the…

Going Out

Thursty: Revamped Audubon is back in action

Having been a long time fan of Trina's Starlite Lounge in Inman Square, one of my only complaints about the place is that there's only…

Entertainment

Here's what to do in Boston this weekend

MUSIC Huun Huur Tu Friday, 8 p.m. First Church in Cambridge 11 Garden St., Cambridge $28, 617-876-4275 www.worldmusic.org This group comes from the tiny nation…

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, April 23: 'Suburgatory,' 'Modern…

'Suburgatory' The men of "Suburgatory" go camping and Tessa mentors a social outcast in a Miss Chatswin contest, which brings her, once again, into conflict…

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox top Yankees, 5-1

John Lackey shines, Pineda ejected in Red Sox win

NHL

Bruins - Red Wings Game 4 preview: Boston…

Bruins - Red Wings Game 4 preview: Boston greedy for more dominance

MLB

Fantasy baseball: Searching for early season prospects

It’s relatively rare for a mediocre 30-year-old hitter to suddenly go nuts offensively for 162 games. That’s why minor league prospects are so exciting.

Style

Pippa Middleton's Etsy pick: Golden Thread Jewelry

Get a look at the jewelry Pippa Middleton loves and find out how you can buy it too.

Parenting

What every parent needs to know to get…

Mom and author of "Small Talk," Tracey Blake, shares her five practical tips to help you develop your children's language skills.

Sex

Subway crush: Meet your soulmate on your commute

Read about a couple who has been 40 years after meeting on the train.

Tech

Happy birthday, Game Boy! The handheld console turns…

Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 this week. To commemorate, we look at some of its better games, like "Tetris" and "The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening."

Comments

1

  1. Ever since I read this vignette over a month ago, it has bothered me. I don’t know what type of lapse in judgment you have to have to write something so flippantly offensive. It’s almost as if Alexandra Cavallo couldn’t think of 250 words to say, so she defaulted to making fun of rape and Italian Americans. I don’t care how much she feels that her heritage gives her authority to make fun of these subjects. If she were a politician, she would have been asked to step down for saying something like this. I personally will skip over her column every time now, and might even consider stop reading Metro if they continue to use her as a writer.