Picture: Former star of 'The Sopranos', Vincent Pastore, left and comedian Joe Piscopo perform during the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival Wheeling, West Virginia - 25.07.09
The Sopranos stars James Gandolfini, Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa's new family movie Nicky Deuce has come under fire for allegedly perpetuating negative stereotypes about Italian Americans.
The Nickelodeon film, about an Italian American teenager who turns to gang-related activities to impress his friends, is set to premiere in the U.S. on Monday (27May13), and bosses at the Italian American One Voice Coalition are urging parents to boycott the movie, claiming the project is racist and damaging to their heritage.
Group president Manny Alfano says, "These trash-television purveyors now want to brainwash a new generation with this insidious and hurtful stereotype of Italian Americans. We are appealing to all parents - please, don't let your children watch this garbage.
"It is beyond reprehensible that a children's network like Nickelodeon would so grossly abdicate any semblance of corporate responsibility and target young children with a racist, stereotypical movie on Italian Americans."
The film stars former iCarly regular Noah Munck.