While CTV hopes the hit mob show The Sopranos will wack the Olympics in the ratings, Italian Canadians are fed up with being portrayed as conniving wiseguys.
The National Congress of Italian Canadians (NCIC) fired off an angry letter to network president Ivan Fecan calling the series "offensive and undeserving."
Columbus Centre executive director Pal Di Iulio and Flavio Belli, executive director of the Centre's Carrier Gallery, also sent stern personal letters to Fecan.
"I have no idea what my next step is going to be," says Di Iulio. "But my first one was to say, "Fuck you, this is wrong and I want to tell you it's wrong.'"
CTV, however, insists the show transcends stereotypes. "The genius of this program is that it draws the universal out of the particular," says CTV VP Tom Curzon. "In some way, we see all of us as Sopranos."