Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition Says Kelly Ripa is Denigrating Italian Americans

How desperate is Kelly Ripa?

It is painfully apparent that since Regis’ departure she is prostituting herself and her heritage with abandon!

She swoons over the malcontents of Jersey Shore with giddy interviews and sugary accolades. She had Peter Facinelli co-host, who spewed negative mafioso stereotypes and “Guido” pejoratives – without a word from her.

But, she has now reached an incredible new low!

Ripa stars in a disgraceful and insulting video, replete with disgusting and denigrating stereotypes of Italian Americans. But, she has even drafted her 14 year-old son, Michael and husband, Mark Consuelos, to be part of this disgrace!

Kelly, how could you!?! Are you that desperate for money and/or exposure!?!

The video is a skit about a spelling bee in Bensonhurst Brooklyn that includes Lorraine Bracco and Tony Sirico of Sopranos infamy. Bracco forces an ignorant and crude Brooklyn accent in this “role” and Sirico is just reprising himself, as he always does.

But, the focus is squarely on Ripa, her husband and son. Her son is dressed like a ridiculous caricature of a street thug as he participates in the spelling bee using slang terms for Italian words. Initially her husband objects to the improper words – which seems to provide some redemption from this disgrace. But then he provides the punchline, when he falls in line with the mobster, mafiosi, bimbo, buffoon stereotypes crammed into this cringe-evoking confluence of Italian American denigration. Ughhh!

Ripa is three quarters Italian. And, her husband is actually half Italian and half Mexican – but he lived in Italy and speaks Italian! Is he happy to be disgracing his Italian mother like this?

Does Ripa really feel the need to be such a disgrace to herself and her heritage for this crude exposure? Is she proud to have her son partake in disgracing himself and his heritage? Is she that desperate? This would never be tolerated for any other ethnicity – so why does Ripa do it to us – and her own heritage!!!

I have expressed my feelings to her about this and her other insults to our heritage. You can do the same at the following link.

http://dadt.com/live/special/ask/#sendtextmessage

It is bad enough that Italian American denigration is so rampant throughout the media. But, when an Italian American as supposedly well-respected as Kelly Ripa partakes, it is that much more disgraceful!

Andre’ DiMino
President
Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition

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  2. Hello, I am of Italian American ancestry 4th generation in this country please get a grip on it no one cares anymore, my children who are fifth generation have no clue, would not know Italy if they fell over it …get over it. Respectfully, Rodger.

  3. When among close friends and family this is how we speak. It’s a familiar loving way to remember our elders who spoke mostly dialects and to relate to those who share those same memories. We know how to say the words correctly. We know the correctand spelling. That being said, this was hilarious, anyone who is Italian, at least from NYC can relate.

  4. Loved the video and my Italian friends did too. One friend was from that exact area in Brooklyn and thanked me profusely for sending her the clip. I think you miss the point of the video, humor, which you have no sense of I’m afraid.

  5. Anything to make money ! Now she is doing an Ancestry.com commercial in an Italian bakery and telling everyone her ancestry results reveal she is 74.5% Italian, with roots in Calabria, the deep South of the Italian peninsula.I already knew her ancestry composition from a show on Live with Kelly and Regis years ago. Her father is off 100% Italian ancestry and her mother is half Italian and half Irish. Regis Philbin is also half Italian and half Irish. That combination is quite common in the North-East.

  6. Don’t you love kelly using broken Italian or broken English at that bakery.
    The bakery is probably in Jersey.
    The owner/actor looked pissed.
    Just order it in English.

  7. Ancestry.com should be ashamed by having Ripa feign a ridiculously sounding “Italian” accent. Seriously, if it were someone trying to mimic an African American Vernacular accent, we’d all be up in arms, screaming “RACISM”! Shame on Ancestry.com. And shame on Ripa for being such a damn fool.

  8. Ancestry.com should be rebuked for having Ripa feign a ridiculously sounding “Italian” accent. Seriously, if it were someone trying to mimic an African American Vernacular accent, we’d all be up in arms, screaming “RACISM”! Shame on Ancestry.com. And shame on Ripa for being such a fool.

  9. What in the Lord’s name is the big deal. She is mostly Italian so what, she looks like 90% of the quiddets I grew up with in NJ.

  10. Ropa is American. A few generations ago maybe some of her family was Italian. But not her! I am 100% Italian and she is an embarrassment and should shut her American mouth!

  11. Of course we All understand the bakery spot is an attempt at some type of humor however, it evidently has ruffled the feathers of the actual Italian-American community!=(people who are actually Italian=(born in Italy to parents who live in Italy)..you know what I mean..Actual Italians..If your born in America and your Grandparents were Italians in Italy,,then make No mistake,,,You yourself are Not Italian…you are American! (of Italian descent) It is your Grandparents who were Italian! And while it’s perfectly fine to want to be proud of Their heritage because it ultimately led to you,,I don’t feel that the way to do that is to emulate an Italian accent that sounds mentally challenged as well as body language that looks stupid as well as challanged!.Nothing Funny There! In fact, Offensive as well as Disrespectful! I am Italian and I Get Both Sides of the discussion here..just trying to make some sort of sense to those who may not have any here with that whole ‘lighten up’ attitude towards this obviously sensitive subject!

  12. Again she is Italian American. Her grandparents came here from Italy. What is the beef here? Don’t het it . I am Italian American and think it’s funny. Look I grew up in a mostly Italian, Irish and German neighborhood. We use to as kids, poke fun of each other. Call each other wops, krauts, Mcs, who cares. It has an affected me whatsoever matter of fact had, a pretty successful career in law and enjoying my retirement right now.

  13. And it is sad, mr./ms. “where’s the beef here,” that you don’t realize that in this day and age that what you do is called and highly regarded as being prejudice, culturally biased, and just simply damn ignorant. Perhaps save your laughs for yourself, in the event you finally come to realize your shortcomings in this matter.

  14. @ the comment up above, “the owner/actor looked pissed.” It’s HER FATHER. It’s supposed to be funny. Obviously her italian accent isn’t good, she’s from NJ, not Italy.

  15. I’m Italian American my Grand Parents came from Italy and Sicily. I think you people that are Italian American’s coming out and saying Kelly Ripa is denigrating Italian’s are ridiculous over reacting. Please I love the commercial she is proud of her ancestry just like I am. I often kid around and literally make fun of some of my family’s way’s and notice how Italian family’s are pretty much the same. If you meet another Italian family that are not related to you, you feel your like your part of the their family even though your not related. The most important thing that we are all Americans first regardless of our Ancestry and that’s what really matters. Kelly Ripa, your very beautiful and I love the commercial and you take pride in being an American of Italian decent.

  16. I agree 100%. I also am of Italian heritage my family’s been in this country since the late 1800’s. Enough already.

  17. I guess you have some sort of a point. Like how many centuries does a nationality have to be in this country where you stop hyphenating. Do we still say German Americans, Irish Americans,French Americans. I to have family that got here around 1898. That was like centuries ago? Maybe it’s time we just stop using hyphenated words and we just call ourselves Americans?

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