People: Oct. 16, 2000


Columbus Day and Yom Kippur fell on the same day this year, but the few bona fide Italian icons who portray those in desperate need of atonement were not celebrating. Cast members of HBO's THE SOPRANOS were disinvited from riding in New York City's Columbus Day parade following protests from Italian-American groups. "The Sopranos is guilty of damaging the image and character of an estimated 20 million Italian Americans by using their religion, customs and values in a violent and immoral context," claims the coalition, which recently named show creator David Chase "Pasta-tute of the Year" for egregiously...

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