This was on the IMDB news section:
"Some 16 cities around the country named Springfield are vying to host the premiere of the movie version of The Simpsons in July. Azell Murphy Cavaan, community relations director for Springfield, MA, told that city's The Republican newspaper, that the city was "really excited and ready" to participate. "There's so much heavy news that we deal with every day; a chance to have some fun is what we need," Cavaan said. But while Springfield may be ready to welcome the Simpsons, a city named Bloomfield has no intention of welcoming the Sopranos. The New Jersey town denied a filming permit to the mob drama's producers who had wanted to shoot a scene at an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. The mayor and members of the city council say they object to the way Italian-Americans are depicted in the TV series."
There are a couple of things about this item that disturb the peaceful frame of mind I was in. Let's begin with the segue. There is no logical connection between these two separate events aside from the word "field". And maybe if you take into consideration both shows air on Sunday nights. But in no realm whatsoever should these two stories be reported together. this is shenanigans. Everybody get a broom.
Now lets get down to the crux of the matter: Bloomfield mayor and members of the city council object to the way Italian-Americans are portrayed on the show. This is a town that practically shuts down when the Sopranos airs. At the pizzeria I used to deliver for, the owner Tony would close the store to watch it. He had a bunch of pictures of Tony Soprano on the wall, alongside the little league team the pizzeria sponsored. He's as stereotypical an Italian-American as you'll ever meet in your life. And most everybody else in that town worships at the feet of Gandolfini. Am I painting the picture vivid enough?
So what the hell is going on here?