Italian American Group Slams "Don Jon"
He's super stoked about his directorial debut, but some people are accusing Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "Don Jon" of upholding "racist stereotypes."
According to the Italian American One Voice Coalition, the main character played by the "Inception" star is a "Jersey Shore clone whose day consists of the stereotypical ritual of 'gym, tan laundry.'"
The statement released by founder Dr. Emanuele Alfano scolded, "It never ends. Levitt, himself the son of proud parents who once founded the Jewish Progressive Alliance and fought for social justice causes, should be ashamed of himself for the negative portrayal of Italians and Jews in his movie."
Calling for action, he continued, "Levitt, much like his pornography-addicted character, needs an intervention and should go into serious therapy for his ethnic denigration of Italian-Americans. Levitt ought to quit now, take this trite garbage out of movie theaters and donate his profits to charity."
This past weekend, the movie opened to make $8.8 million, in fifth place at the box office behind "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2," "Rush," "Prisoners," and "Baggage Claim."
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