The One Voice Coalition — a national network of more than 5,000 Italian American anti-defamation activists, headquartered in Bloomfield — isn’t amused by the likes of Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, the Jersey Shore, or the show’s co-creator SallyAnn Salsano.
Today, the coalition announced that it will give its first-ever “Una Voce” award to NJ Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth/Middlesex) for his tough stance against Snookie, who received $32,000 for speaking to Rutgers University students earlier this year. Holding Snookie’s “massive” compensation up as an example, Kyrillos has sponsored a bill (S2843) which challenges the use of activity fees at public universities for events or speakers which students might find objectionable.
One Voice Coalition President Andre’ DiMino lauded Kyrillos for his courage in taking on MTV, and for sponsoring the legislation. “His quick and courageous action in standing up to bias and stereotyping sets the example for other legislators to follow,” DiMino said. “The Jersey Shore is outrageous,” he added. “It’s an unbelievable disgrace.”
The senator will receive his award at a June 29th event to launch One Voice’s “Rapid Response” team, which DiMino says will bring the organization’s efforts to fight discrimination and defend Italian American heritage to the next level.
“The Jersey Shore is the bell-ringer, and has spawned other Italian bashing pseudo-reality shows showing bad acts of bimbos and buffoons,” he said. “These programs portray Italian Americans in a terrible light.”
Other recipients of the “Pasta-tute” award include David Chase, creator of The Sopranos, who got the prize three times.
For more information on the June 29 event, click here or call 973-759-9259.