Italian Stereotypes by Category

Regardless of how we choose to see ourselves (as an ethnic group), the media is creating an Italian identity revolving around the Mafia and other antiquated Italian stereotypes. The constant application of stereotypes to Italians by the media is Anti- Italianism. If the same were done to African Americans it would be labeled racist. To women? Sexist. To Italians? Entertainment.

Below, you'll find a list of some of the worst portrayals of Italian culture in the media. As this site grows, so too will our entries here. Please browse through and feel free to make suggestions for this page.



Youtube is at the forefront of "new media." It is used by hundreds of millions of people every day. Unfortunately, it is home to some of the worst offenders of the Italian culture and community... (see more)


Nothing has done more to tarnish the image and reputation of Italians than television and movies. From Tony Soprano to Vito Corleone, Jersey Shore to Goodfellas- the media has taken too many liberties with our culture...(see more)

The earliest form of Italian stereotyping was perpetrated by newspapers and their political cartoons. Op-eds and news stories all called Italians swarthy and portrayed them as monkeys...(see more)





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