This week, the TV-watching watchdogs at UNICO, a New Jersey-based Italian-American group, decried VH1’s My Big Friggin’ Wedding. Not only did this grab attention from CNN and the AP among major outlets, it put the fledgling show among such elite UNICO targets/cultural phenomena as The Sopranos and The Jersey Shore. So, uh, thanks, UNICO? UNICO charged Friggin’ with being a “big racist stereotype of Italian-Americans” (Italian’s a race?) and says the show represents the “worst bunch of bad-acting, insipid individuals portraying themselves as trashy, drunken, low-class, bimbos and buffoons.” But see, that’s more of a reality TV problem than an Italian one (if you want to call it a problem at all!). And, in fact, UNICO’s implication of Italian culture in this complaint seems more prejudicial than anything the show has to offer, given that almost half of the 10 principal characters are not Italian. Joey and Sandra are, so are Megin and Johnny, Matt is, and Tammie‘s half Italian, half-Greek. The rest of them — Danny, Amanda, Alyssa and Tyler — are not.
So, what’s the deal? Do a few drunken Italians spoil the bunch, or is My Big Friggin’ Wedding an equal-opportunity portrayal of UNICO’s gripes? Is UNICO justified in calling on VH1 to pull the plug on the show? Does any of this offend you? We’re extremely interested in viewers’ thoughts on the matter. Sound off in the comments below. [AP/nj.com]