Easily-offended Italians alert: Tomorrow's Time features a fun Q&A with Al Pacino. A vowelly-surnamed reader asks the actor if he thinks "Italian-American culture is represented unfairly in film and on TV." Paco (that's what we wops call him) doesn't have any idea, it turns out, what "Italian-American" might be.
Explain to me what Italian-American culture is. We've been here 100 years. Isn't Italian-American culture American culture? That's because we're so diverse, in terms of intermarriage. Most everybody who's Italian is half Italian. Except me. I'm all Italian. I'm mostly Sicilian, and I have a little bit of Neapolitan in me. You get your full dose with me.
Gotta love it. Sure, Al may have played the most iconic Italian-American figure in our culture's history (okay, maybe that videogame plumber who saved the girl from Donkey Kong is slightly more reflective of Italians and their contributions to society), a character whose popularity has done so much to strengthen the stereotype of swarthy pasta-eaters as amoral, mob-connected fiends, but guess what: He out-guineas you. Put that on your pizza and mangia it, Tony Soprano.