Friday, June 09, 2006

This is Disturbing on So Many Levels...

...that I don't even know where to begin.

There's a site called Gino the Ginny that features a video of what looks like a 10 or 11 year old boy dressed in a gold chain and a T-shirt, dancing around and cursing in a bad "Brooklyn" accent. It also has a bunch of photos of the kid in various poses, all with him gesturing with his hands a lot.

What's so disturbing is not that the site is one big cliche, or that it is highly offensive to Italian-Americans, but that the kid obviously was put up to it by someone older who should know better.

This site is offensive, plain and simple. I suspect it's intended as a parody. And the kid looks like he could be Italian-American. He's probably from New York, since there's a photo of him on his MySpace site in front of the Unisphere from the 1964 World's Fair in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens. But it's not funny. It's not even mildly humorous.

Besides, if you intend to parody something, it helps to actually spell it correctly. The site is obviously meant to be Gino the Guinea not Ginny (pronounced gin [like the liquor] - ee).

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