Here are some of the most common ones:
- Tolerant of violence
- Labor Bosses
- Organized crime association
- Political corruption
- Construction workers
- Any working class job
- Italians being shown as working class thugs
- Violent immigrants or Mafiosi
- Overly matriarchal old women
- Overly flirtatious exotic women with a taste for Italian made items (i.e. Armani, Prada, Gucci, etc)
- A lesser stereotype but one nonetheless is big haired, gum cracking airheaded girlfriend of Mafia soldier
- Overly emotional, overly dramatic
- Hot blooded
- Obsessed with food
- Prone to vengeances over petty things
- Males will be shown as being 'Italian Stallions'- muscular, good looking, tall dark and handsome, and major chick magnets.
- Males will be sexually well endowed, but lack skills in the bedroom
- Good at seducing women
- Claim to be 'cousins' with one another
- Claim to have a powerful/wealthy family member looking out for them
- Loud tastes in clothing, accessories, etc
- Wearing expensive looking jewelry made cheaply
- Has the name Michael, Joe, Sal, Tony, etc
- All talk and no bite
- Loud!! And talking too much and not knowing when to shut up!
- Making for supposedly cruel and overly demanding bosses
- When the HBO show The Sopranos first premiered, it came under fire because it showed Italian memn and women as being part of the mob. It was said to stereotype Italians as being with the mob.
- The 2009 show Jersey Shore also came under fire because it showed too many stereotypes and for being a reality show, it puts most Jersey-born people in a bad light, making it seem that all people from Jersey act that way, even though NONE of those people are from Jersey. It showed too many stereotypes, like the flirtatious exotic young women, the dramatic women, the hot blooded young guys, the 'Italian Stallion' good looks- tall, dark and handsome, muscular, good looks, oozing sex appeal.
- Films, sometimes American films, often show Italians as being knife wielding, violent sociopathic gangsters or street fighting thugs
- When it comes to movies about the Mafia, people if Italian descent almost always end up playing a Jewish-Italian or Irish-Italian mobster, and will strangely possess a heavy New York or New Jersey accent, even if they are not native New Yorkers or New Jersey-ites.
- Sometimes movies about the mob glorify mob life. The glorify figures like John 'The Dapper Don' Gotti, and they make him out to be some kind of hero.
- There is also a stereotype saying that all Italians look alike, with their dark features, such as brown eyes, dark brown/black hair, big noses, etc
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