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t,qt,,il,i,,,,.,il,,,iihhl,,lll.lil,,i,,l'l,ll,','.qlli,i, ~***MbXED A[~-. 010 15 -[OWN PJ/~EHS. [N~_ PAUL JEIFFKO 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA g~B4-2~3 M ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 121 - NO. 16 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, APRIL 21, 2017 $.35 A COPY Saturday Night Live Has Gone Too Far with Italian American Defamation The Goat Had Their Back ::i A goat saved a little girl from a house fire in : Arkansas: A dwarf goat named Speedy ran into ......... i the girl's bedroom, jumped on the bed, and started . ili ;: I bleating bloody murder to wake her up. The girl sat' up, smelled the smoke, and ran to her dad, who spotted the garage on fire. No one was hurt thanks to Speedy's speedy warning. D .. There s a New Oldest Person in the World :i Recently, Emma Morano at 117 years of age was the world's oldest person and perhaps the last 19th century human. She passed in northern Italy about two weeks ago. The new oldest person by most accounts is a 117-year-old Jamaican woman named Violet Mosse- iii Brown. A former slave, she was born on March 10, 1900, and attributes her longevity to good genes and 'ii~iiiiiii~iiiiil reading the Bible. i:1 Words of Wisdom "Few are to brave disapproval of the fellows, .... the censure of their colleagues, and the wrath of their i :lsciety" Mral curage is a rarer cmmdity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet, it is the one essential vital quality for those who seek to change a L world that yields most painfully to change." i 0 ~! --[- Robert F. Kennedy Carson Gets Stuck In Elevator ~:i~i~ Ben Carson got a good taste of what it is like living in projects when the elevator he was on while touring one with the director of public housing in Miami-Dade broke down, trapping them inside for 20 rninutes. The HUD secretary seemed amused according to those there. When he visited another project building, ~2 .... he asked if the housing director had an elevator key I': ................................. ( ........... i:i' iIT ................................ i~ ]frill ........ I i i .............. by Dr. Dean Sa/ut/ I am writing to you, Pamela highest levels in our profes- icans to fight against this Donnaruma, because your sions and to continue to serve SNL blasphemy. Next, I have newspaper, the Post-Gazette, our community. Has all of this alerted Tony Sestito, the Presi- has always been "The .Voice been in vain? dent of the 6000-member Mas- of the Italian People." The Sal DiDomenico, from sachusetts Sons of Italy. Tony Gazette,. under you, your Cambridge's Saints Cosmas & and I have both asked litigation parents, and your grandfather, Damian Society, called me to attomeyA1DeNapoli, the Chair- has fought the tough battles express his outrage over a TV man of the Massachusetts Sons against discrimination toward program that had brought his of Italy Commission for Social Italian-Americans for over 100 family to tears. On Saturday Justice, the anti-defamation years. Just when we thought night, April 8, 2017, in the last arm of the Sons of Italy, to re- that we had reached a level of five minutes of Saturday Night view the SNL issue. I am sure respect in this great country of Live {SNL), a line was crossed, that A1 will solicit assistance ours, we find ourselves kicked SNL stooped to an unacceptable from the National Sons of Italy down again by the seemingly level of defamation of Italians. Commission for Social Jus- uncontrollable nasty, tasteless, In a skit depicting tenement tice, led by Kevin Caira from biased media outlet, Saturday life in the early 20th century, Massachusetts. Lastly, I have Night Live. actors made statements such as brought the SNL situation to l write this letter as the Presi- "How do you brainwash an the attention of Dr. Frank dent of Boston's Renaissance Italian? You give him an enema," Mazzaglia, Chairman of the Lodge of the Sons of Italy. For half-witted goomba rat-faced Board of the powerful Italian nearly 30 years, Boston's Sons Italians," filthy greasy Italians," American Alliance (IAA). Frank of Italy has worked to promote "greasy meatball-eating, crotch intends to bring our complaints the positive image of our com- grabbers," and "Do you know to the Federal Communications munity's Italian-Americans. why Italy is shaped like a boot? Commission (FCC), which reg- Our membership has included Do you think that you could fit ulates the airwaves. Frank has judges, attorneys,-high-level that-much crap into a shoe?" ' told me that he is familiar with law enforcement officers, city SNL has bullt its image mocking the process of presenting a officials, state and federal leg- anybody and any ing in theformal grievance to the FCC. I isiators, college presidents, name of humor. But this isn't hope that these efforts move us dean g3.d professors, school humor -- this is degrading to in the right direction. superin ndents and teachers, our heritage. We all respect the Pamela, here is a situation in and other Italian-Americans in First Amendment, the right to which we can help our Italian- nearly all professions. Together, free speech, but this has gone American community to right here in Boston, we have worked too far! wrongs --just what our beloved hard to exemplify the "best in What can be done about Post-Gazette has so ably done mind and deeds" -- working this? First, I am writing to for over 100 years. Thank you hand in hand with Boston's "Our Voice," the Post-Gazette, for your support, what you have prestigious Pirandello Lyceum. to publicize this obscenity and done, and what you continue to We have strived to reach the ignite Boston's Italian-Amer- do for all of us. Viva Italia! Dr. Dean Saluti President, Boston Renaissance Lodge, #2614, Order Sons of ltuly in America Italian American The Italian American Alliance (FCC) has fried a complaint with the Federal Communica- tions Commission objecting to a Saturday Night Live segment on April 8 as demeaning to Italians and Italian-Americans. The complaint particularly concerns itself with the dam- age done to children. "In an age where Americans are rightfully sensitive to racial and ethnic slurs, the Saturday Night Live segment disparages Italian- Americans, Polish people, and African-Americans. Rather than being humorous, the segment was intentionally insulting. The segment reinforces neg- ative old stereotypes about Italian-Americans and we worry that Italian-American children will face active hostility from their peers following the segment. Alliance Responds The Italian American Alliance urged the Federal Communica- tions Action to take immediate and appropriate action with the producers of the Saturday Night Live segment which reaches a national audience. "The argument that Saturday Night Live is shown at 11:30 in the evening when most chil- dren are asleep does not stand up to modern day reality, or to the fact that the program is repeated and finds its way into the internet," said James DiStefano, president of the Italian American Alliance. "The Saturday Night Live segment was tasteless and insulting." The Italian American Alli- ance was formed as an Italian- American advocacy group fol- lowing a resolution by the Cam- bridge City Council to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous to SNL Segment Peoples Day. The Alliance re- sponded to that resolution by condemning the Cambridge City Council as hostile to Italian- American heritage. In similar fashion, the Alliance, which was only recently incorporated, condemned Tufts University for a 2015 faculty vote which also replaced Columbus 'Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. Dr. Frank Mazzaglia, board chairman of the Italian Ameri- can Alliance, said, "Those who demean Italians or Italian- American people will hopefully learn from the FCC that these acts of discrimination are in- appropriate and unacceptable today." 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