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.”


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  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.